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London — Spending generated by film, TV drama and animation production in Ireland has never been higher, according to figures published Wednesday by the Irish Film Board, which supports the development of the local biz.
The Irish production sector pumped more than Euros 168 million ($231 million) into the local economy this year through the creation of jobs and spending on local goods and services, which is 18% up on 2012 and 42% higher than 2011.
The Ifb invested Euros 7.5 million ($10.3 million) in film, television drama and toon projects, which enabled Irish producers to raise Euros 59.5 million ($81.9 million). It supported 12 Irish feature films, six international co-productions, 17 feature docus, two TV dramas and eight animated TV projects.
This year has seen significant growth in major international high-end TV drama production, the Ifb reported. Production activity in this area has increased over the past two years from Euros 28 million ($38.5 million) in 2011 to Euros 81 million ($111 million) this year.
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- Leo Barraclough
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads the nominees for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with nine nods. Stephen Frears’ Philomena follows with five nominations. Receiving four each were Blue Jasmine, Filth, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street. Films getting three nominations each were American Hustle, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Captain Phillips, Frances Ha, The Great Beauty, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Selfish Giant. (Full nominations listed below.)Gary Oldman will b
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads the nominees for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with nine nods. Stephen Frears’ Philomena follows with five nominations. Receiving four each were Blue Jasmine, Filth, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street. Films getting three nominations each were American Hustle, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Captain Phillips, Frances Ha, The Great Beauty, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Selfish Giant. (Full nominations listed below.)
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The nominees for the 2013 London Film Critics Circle awards have been announced and the Steve McQueen helmed 12 Years A Slave leads the nominations with nine nods. The Stephen Frears film Philomena, which was received well her at Thn, was slightly behind in second spot with five nominations. A film which we also scored very highly, Captain Phillips, did not make the list of the ten films in the ‘Film Of The Year’ category, and neither did American Hustle, which we’re yet to review. Tom Hanks however, did get nods for acting in ‘Phillips’ and as supporting actor in the superb Saving Mr. Banks in which he plays Walt Disney.
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, the Palme d’Or winning Blue Is The Warmest Colour, the applauded Gravity and the superb Alexander Payne directed Nebraska, also made the short list for fave film of the year amongst the London critics crowd, »
- Paul Heath
Congratulations to the five young actors nominated for the Young British Performer of the Year by the London Critics' Circle for its 34th Film Awards.
The five nominees for Young British Performer of the Year are:
Conner Chapman for Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant. Connor (represented by On It Artists) was discovered as a 13 year old by Casting Director Amy Hubbard when she visited local schools in Buttenshaw looking for raw talent. He is in school still but this year has appeared in Channel 4 miniseries The Mill, and will be seen next in Mike Doxford’s Pleasure Island.
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The London Film Critics' Circle announced their nominations and surprise, surprise, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack with nine nods including Best Picture. Missing in action? David O. Russell's "American Hustle" But Jennifer Lawrence was given a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on February 2, 2014.
Here's the complete list of nominees of the London Film Critics' Circle awards:
Film of the Year
"The Great Beauty"
"12 Years a Slave"
Director of the Year
Alfonso Cuaròn, "Gravity"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Paolo Sorrentino, "The Great Beauty"
Actor of the Year
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Tom Hanks, »
London — The nominations for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were announced Tuesday, with Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” topping the ballot with nine noms.
Three nominations were gathered by David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” the Coen Brother’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” and Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant.”
The awards are voted for by the Circle’s 140 members.
34th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations
- Leo Barraclough
It might not be the sort of film you’d expect to see putting out a motion poster – those tend to be reserved for blockbuster action films, horror and franchises such as The Hunger Games – but we can’t imagine a more visually appropriate film than Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel to get the treatment. Take a gander...Anderson’s latest focuses on Ralph Fiennes' Gustave H, hotel manager and serial guest lover. His travails appear to begin when a deceased client of a certain age (Tilda Swinton) turns up dead in the hotel and leaves him a valuable painting in her will – much to the distress of Adrien Brody's Dmitri.Many Anderson regulars return, including good luck charm Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum and Jason Schwartzman. Also joining the cast are Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, »
For me, there’s still something special and unique about Wes Anderson’s work and he continues his intriguing career with the upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel and today, this wonderful motion poster that takes you through twenty-four hours of staring at it. I would.
The film has put together a stellar cast that included Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
*Excited Jumping!* Check out the first trailer by heading over here and here’s that inventive poster:
The Grand Budapest Hotel opens its doors on 7th March 2014.
- Dan Bullock
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a new holiday-themed motion poster for director Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which hits theaters on March 7. While, at first, this may look like the first poster, with classical music in the background, you can watch this hotel come to life during a 24-hour span. In case you missed it, or want to check it out again, you can clickHere to watch the first trailer that debuted in October.
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
The Grand Budapest Hotel comes to theaters March 7th, »
Season's greetings from Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel! A new motion poster for the quirky director's upcoming film introduces viewers to the building in question and brings a bit of holiday cheer as well. If the poster catches your fancy, then I suggest checking out the trailer to become more acquainted with the movie. The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson, and opens stateside on March 7, 2014. Hit the jump to check out the film's holiday greeting.Check out the holiday greeting motion poster from The Grand Budapest Hotel below: Here’s a synopsis for The Grand Budapest Hotel: The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a »
- Dave Trumbore
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel , which hits theaters on March 7, 2014, has today revealed a special holiday-themed motion poster, which you can check out below. The film's ensemble cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Mathieu Amalric. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. »
From Katniss Everdeen to Lisbeth Salander, today's film heroines kick butt. But are violent on-screen women empowering or oppressive?
Katniss Everdeen's triumphs extend beyond the Quarter Quell and the global box office: she has guaranteed the future of the female action hero. Not that this was in much doubt, even before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire swept all before it. On the big screen, women have been successfully kicking butt for some time now.
As our current millennium dawned, the testosterone-fuelled derring-do of Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenegger and their ilk had lost its edge. The protagonists of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill brought welcome spin to their genre.
Since then, a new clutch of male heroes has fallen prey to self-doubt. This has left the likes of dragon-tattooed Lisbeth Salander, teen assassin Hanna and Kick-Ass's Hit-Girl to steal much of their thunder. Female toughies »
- David Cox
The number of actors rumoured to be attached to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII keeps growing by the week as stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Saoirse Ronan have all been speculated to head back a long time ago, to a galaxy far, far away. Now, the latest actor to have their name come up for a role is Jack O’Connell, a 23-year-old English actor best known for parts in This is England, Harry Brown and the TV series Skins.
According to Bleeding Cool, a couple of dependable sources have linked O’Connell to the part. Journalist Brendon Connelly says, “I believe that he’s met with Abrams and the signs I’m getting are that this meeting went very well.” Although that is not much to go off of, O’Connell is on the cusp of big fame for roles in two upcoming 2014 films: 300: Rise of an Empire and Unbroken. »
- Jordan Adler
Production is scheduled to begin next month on Star Wars: Episode VII. With casting still in full swing, no one has been confirmed for this highly-anticipated sequel yet. Until that day comes, we only have the many casting rumors, the latest being that British actor Jack O'Connell is up for an unspecified role.
The actor has reportedly already met with director J.J. Abrams, and it is believed that the meeting went very well. It's also worth noting that the actors who have been previously rumored to be up for roles in the sequel all hail from England, including Saoirse Ronan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Smith, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Jason Flemyng.
Sean Ellis's Metro Manila, based on a family who flee the rice fields of the Philippines to start a new life in Manila, was the big winner of the night, picking up Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and Best British Independent Film.
The film, which centres on a family who flee the rice fields of the Philippines to start a new life in Manila, won Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and Best British Independent Film.
The Best Actor prize went to James McAvoy for Filth, while Le Week-End's Lindsay Duncan took home the Best Actress award. Imogen Poots collected the Supporting Actress gong for The Look of Love and Ben Mendelsohn won Best Supporting Actor for Starred Up.
Special awards on the night were handed to Julie Walters, who took the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film, and Paul Greengrass, recipient of the Variety Award for helping to shine the world spotlight on the UK.
The Bifa winners in full are as follows:
Best British Independent Film
Metro Manila - »
This evening in London the winners of the 2013 British Independent Film Awards were announced and we were on hand to interview the great and good as they arrived to one of the highlights of the British film year.
Once again it was a major showcase for the wealth of emerging talent in this country with some of the year’s best films getting a shout-out in the awards. Each year the British Independent scene grows stronger and there is a greater spotlight shone on it each year, these awards are an indication of that strength.
Stefan Pape was our man on the red carpet and you can find his interviews below. More interviews will be added throughout the night.
- Jon Lyus
Low-budget thriller set in the Philippines is standout winner at 2013 Bifas, with director Sean Ellis also named best director
• Interview: Sean Ellis
A shoestring-budget heist thriller set in the Philippines – partly because its Brighton-born director couldn't get a film made in the UK – was on Sunday night named British independent film of the year.
In an interview with the Guardian Metro Manila director Sean Ellis said he decided to make a film in the Philippines because he could not drum up any interest in making what is his third film in the UK. "In this country our favourite word is no," he said.
Ellis drew up a script, remortgaged his house and headed to Manila with a tiny »
- Mark Brown
It’s a very important night for British film. Celebrating, in a way the BAFTAs can’t, the vital new talents emerging in this country. The British Independent Film Awards is one of our favourite nights of the year, as much a routemap for the people to watch over the next year as it is a celebration of them.
The sheer variety of films nominated is evidence of the potent creative landscape of Britain. From the crowd pleasing and inspirational journey of Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in Philomena, through the haunted and surreal discovery of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, to the barren urban clash of Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant this country has an independent film industry to be proud of.
There was a great swell of support for one film in particular but the awards point to many successes here. It’s great to see »
- Jon Lyus
Philippines-set crime thriller Metro Manila has scooped the top prize at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, beating box office hit Philomena as well as The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.
Clearly stunned, Ellis thanked Bifa for supporting “our little holiday film” when accepting the Best Film prize and - holding back tears - dedicated the award to his mother.
The crime drama, shot in the Philippine capital in the Tagalog language with a local cast and crew, debuted at Sundance in January and is the UK’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars »
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