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19 items from 2011


Phil Hogan's Christmas TV highlights

17 December 2011 4:54 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and The Gruffalo's Child are among the highlights of 2011's Christmas TV schedule

There's much talk of who will blow whom off the screen over the coming season of peace, love and understanding, but who can honestly summon the enthusiasm for a "battle" between Strictly and Corrie when we have perfectly adequate digital recording or catch-up facilities to watch neither at our own convenience?

No. The only question is, what's worth watching? Actually, lots, as it turns out. I was impatient with the bizarre turns of fortune in Downton Abbey earlier this year, but it seems that whoever's in charge is back off the drugs with a gripping two-hour Christmas night special, which manages to be funny (cue Maggie Smith, baffled in the presence of a nutcracker) without being laughable. The story carries on where it left off, but with the corpses of flu and war »

- Phil Hogan

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Exclusive: Oranges and Sunshine Cast and Crew Interviews

3 November 2011 11:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actress Emily Watson has certainly taken on a number of diverse roles in her career, from her Oscar-nominated turns in Breaking the Waves and Hilary and Jackie, to parts in Westerns (The Proposition), action films (Equilibrium), and adaptations (Red Dragon, the upcoming War Horse). She portrays the face of a remarkable yet under-told true story in her latest movie, Oranges and Sunshine, which will be released in New York and Los Angeles October 21.

Click to watch Exclusive: Emily Watson Interview!

Click to watch Exclusive: Margaret Humphreys and Jim Loach Interview!

Emily Watson portrays Margaret Humphreys (who wrote the book this drama is based on), a social worker who discovers a horrifying secret: children from broken homes were being deported en masse from the U.K. to Australia, after they were told their parents were dead. She wages a one-woman crusade to reunite these deportees, now adults living in Australia, with the families they had lost, »

- MovieWeb

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Death Of A Superhero goes to Tribeca Film

1 November 2011 2:35 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Tribeca picks up Ian FitzGibbon's Death of a Superhero, starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Andy Serkis North American rights have gone to Tribeca Films for the live action/animated film which tells of a teen cartoonist battling cancer, reports Variety. Also in the cast of the film which made its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival are Jessica Schwarz and Aisling Loftus. Tribeca wants to release the film adapted by Anthony McCarten, from his own novel, in theaters and VOD sometime next year. Philipp Kreuzer, Astrid Kahmke and Michael Garland produce the Bavaria Pictures and Grand Pictures movie. »

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Death Of A Superhero goes to Tribeca Film

1 November 2011 2:35 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Tribeca picks up Ian FitzGibbon's Death of a Superhero, starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Andy Serkis North American rights have gone to Tribeca Films for the live action/animated film which tells of a teen cartoonist battling cancer, reports Variety. Also in the cast of the film which made its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival are Jessica Schwarz and Aisling Loftus. Tribeca wants to release the film adapted by Anthony McCarten, from his own novel, in theaters and VOD sometime next year. Philipp Kreuzer, Astrid Kahmke and Michael Garland produce the Bavaria Pictures and Grand Pictures movie. »

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Andy Serkis's 'Death of a Superhero' Goes to Tribeca Film

31 October 2011 10:19 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to "Death of a Superhero," which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, the company said Monday. Andy Serkis, who received strong reviews for his work in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," stars in the film, which includes animated sequences. The movie also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster ("Love Actually"), Jessica Schwarz ("Perfume") and Aisling Loftus ("Oranges and Sunshine"). Ian FitzGibbon ("A Film With Me In It") directed the movie, based on the novel by Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the screenplay. The movie is about Donald, »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Oranges And Sunshine movie clips

26 October 2011 7:36 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Clips from Oranges and Sunshine, starring Emily Watson. The scripted by Rona Munro, opens October 28th via Cohen Media Group with a cast including Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Tara Morice, Lorraine Ashbourne, Clayton Watson, Aisling Loftus, Richard Dillane, Ruth Rickman and Russell Dykstra. TV helmer Jim Loach, known for "Bad Girls," Footballer's Wives" and "Hotel Babylon," makes his feature directorial debut on the project which opens October 28th. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. »

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Oranges And Sunshine movie clips

26 October 2011 7:36 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Clips from Oranges and Sunshine, starring Emily Watson. The scripted by Rona Munro, opens October 28th via Cohen Media Group with a cast including Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Tara Morice, Lorraine Ashbourne, Clayton Watson, Aisling Loftus, Richard Dillane, Ruth Rickman and Russell Dykstra. TV helmer Jim Loach, known for "Bad Girls," Footballer's Wives" and "Hotel Babylon," makes his feature directorial debut on the project which opens October 28th. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. »

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First look at Death of a Superhero

27 September 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Two of Screenterrier's favourite young actors Thomas Sangster (recently seen in BBC3 film Some Dogs Bite) and Aisling Loftus (star of Dive and one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch from 2009) join forces to star in Death of a Superhero, which has just premiered to much acclaim, at the Toronto Film Festival.

Based on New Zealander Anthony McCarten's novel of the same name, the film centres around Donald Clarke, played by Sangster, a terminally ill teenager who craves sex and adventure, however his time is limited and he’s never even had a girlfriend. Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, the film blends live action with animation to tell the story of the young would-be graphic artist who knows that death is just around the corner.

Aisling Loftus (soon to be seen in the new BBC adaptation of The Borrowers) plays Shelly, the girl with whom Donald finds affection and a kind of kinship, »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Rave Reviews for Irish Films at Toronto Film Festival

20 September 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Critics are heaping praise on Irish productions following premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ian Fitzgibbon's 'Death of a Superhero' had its world premiere at this year's Tiff and critics are giving rave reviews of the Irish feature. Variety lauded the Irish/German co-production saying that “Fitzgibbon has achieved something special…the pic's general appeal will lie in its honest and touching performances.” Cast in the feature include Andy Serkis (TinTin, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Thomas Brodie Sangster (Nowhere Boy), Aisling Loftus (Dice), Jessica Schwarz (Perfume) and Michael McElhatton (Parked, Happy Ever Afters). »

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[Tiff Review] Death of a Superhero

10 September 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Cancer is one of life’s great fears, a grand equalizer that takes without discretion. Children are lost while their parents watch, talents with the ability to make a difference in the world leave us before their impact can ever be felt, and loved ones pass when after we told ourselves we’d have so more time. For the person dying, however, the outlook becomes both bleaker and brighter. Sure, they are angry with God or whomever they blame for putting them in their impossible position, but there is also something to be said about the calm acceptance of death. While family and friends cry in a natural outpouring of emotion, they force the dying to console. But watching someone young accept their fate isn’t the same as standing by while they give up. Sometimes it is through the knowledge of the inevitable that we can truly live. It »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Tiff Announced Lineup Includes Nicole Kidman/Nicolas Cage’s Trespass; Jennifer Hudson/Terrence Howard’s Winnie; Gerard Butler’s Machine Gun Preacher; Jason Statham/Robert De Niro’s Killer Elite

16 August 2011 6:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Something For Everyone As Love Stories, Psychological Chillers, Political Thrillers, Comedies And An Autobiography Join The Festival.S Galas And Special Presentations Lineup

Toronto . The Toronto International Film Festival® announces the addition of 8 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to the high-calibre selection of crowd-pleasers premiering in September. Today.s announcement includes 14 World Premieres and reveals that Festival-goers will be treated to a programming lineup featuring world premieres from directors including Nick Murphy, Gary McKendry, Joel Schumacher, Gianni Amelio, Agnieszka Holland, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Pankaj Kapur, Anne Fontaine, Mathieu Kassovitz and Geoffrey Fletcher.

The films unveiled today feature onscreen appearances by Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Imelda Staunton, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Shahid Kapur, Isabelle Huppert, Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel and James Gandolfini, among others.

This announcement brings the final number of Galas to 20, and the final number of Special »

- Michelle McCue

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Toronto 2011. Galas and Special Presentations Lineup

16 August 2011 12:23 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

As noted in the Visions lineup announcement, the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9 through 18) has released some of its most anticipated lineups today: Wavelengths, Contemporary World Cinema, Future Projections — and here, Galas and Special Presentations. We're taking them one at a time, first posting them program by program with descriptions provided by the festival — and then returning over the coming hours and days to add links and further notes.

 

Galas

Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, an inspirational true story, about Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the saviour of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers in Golden Globe®-nominated director Marc Forster's (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption. Machine Gun Preacher was previously announced as a Special Presentation.

David Hare's Page Eight. Tiff's Closing Night Film. »

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New Films Added to Tiff 2011 Line-up Including 'Damsels in Distress,' 'Violet & Daisy,' 'Intruders' and 'Machine Gun Preacher'

16 August 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Rebecca Hall in The Awakening I may sound like a spoiled brat when I say this, but the fact neither Carnage or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy were part of this morning's Toronto Film Festival announcement sort of bums me out. However, there are other films that were added that do make my ears perk up, none more so than the addition of Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress as well as a couple of films I didn't expect and some I had never heard of.

To begin, the closing night film which I guess will serves as something of a Tinker, Tailor replacement, David Hare's (screenwriter of The Hours and The Reader) Page Eight starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis. The film tells the story of Johnny Worricker (Nighy), an MI5 agent who has learned to keep his observational skills perpetually operational. However, »

- Brad Brevet

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Tiff 2011 Gala And Special Presentation Lineups Completed

16 August 2011 9:19 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Tiff has just announced the final batch of films slated to hit the fest in September. The number of additions is overwhelming especially found in the completed Gala and Special Presentation lineups.

Some films that really stick out in my opinion are Rebellion by Mathieu Kassovitz who directed one of my favourite films of all time La Haine and Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh. Here is the press release.

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® announces the addition of 8 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to the high-calibre selection of crowd-pleasers premiering in September. Today’s announcement includes 14 World Premieres and reveals that Festival-goers will be treated to a programming lineup featuring world premieres from directors including Nick Murphy, Gary McKendry, Joel Schumacher, Gianni Amelio, Agnieszka Holland, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Pankaj Kapur, Anne Fontaine, Mathieu Kassovitz and Geoffrey Fletcher.

The films unveiled today feature onscreen appearances by Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, »

- Kyle Reese

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Tiff 2011 Announces New Films From Andrea Arnold, Nacho Vigalondo, Joel Schumacher, Yorgos Lanthimos and Many More

16 August 2011 7:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After three separate announcements (here, here and here), the Toronto International Film Festival has announced the final line-up for their Galas and Special Presentations, as well as a few other categories. Most notable is Andrea Arnold‘s Fish Tank follow-up Wuthering Heights, the next film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo, as well as Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps.

We also get Whit Stillman‘s Damsels in Distress starring Greta Gerwig and Geoffrey Fletcher’s Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini. In what should be a little fun we have Gary McKendry‘s Killer Elite starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham. We also get Owen’s horror flick Intruders and Joel Schumacher‘s Trespass starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage. Check out the full line-ups below.

Galas

Closing Night Film

Page Eight David Hare, United Kingdom

International Premiere

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Nicole Kidman, Nic Cage, Robert De Niro latest names bringing films to Tiff ‘11

16 August 2011 7:48 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The Toronto International Film Festival continued to fill out its slate Tuesday morning with multiple announcements of movies scheduled to screen in the Galas, Special Presentations, Contemporary World Cinema, Future Projections, and Visions programs.

As expected, the names of the talents we’re expecting to see on screen shine bright.

Tiff ’11 officially revealed that David Hare’s “Page Eight” will close the fest with a Roy Thompson gala. The spy thriller, which also plays the Edinburgh International Film Festival, stars Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis.

Other galas announced for this year’s Tiff include:

The Awakening

Nick Murphy, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence Cathcart is on a mission to expose all séances as exploitative shams. However, when she is called to a boys’ boarding school to investigate a case of the uncanny, »

- Sean O'Connell

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New BBC adaptation of The Borrowers

18 June 2011 10:23 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Filming is due to start at the end of June on the BBC's new 90-minute adaptation of The Borrowers, based on Mary Norton's books about tiny people living in secret beneath floorboards. The star-studded production includes Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan and Shaun Dooley, alongside top young talent Robert Sheehan and Aisling Loftus.

One of Screenterrier's favourite rising stars 20 year old Aisling Loftus (represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant) stars as Arrietty Clock, the rebellious teenage daughter of Pod and Homily Clock (played  by Christopher Eccleston and Sharon Horgan). Aisling is a graduate of the Nottingham-based Television Workshop who started acting at the age of nine and recently starred in Five Daughters and Dive. She will also be seen in the upcoming Death of a Superhero, starring alongside Thomas Sangster.

She teams up with leather-jacketed Borrower Spiller, played by ex- Misfits star Robert Sheehan, after her »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Britain's tough new actresses look to redefine our heroines

4 April 2011 1:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Forget the niceties of period drama, the next generation of cinema starlets are rough and ready for the big time

A cut-glass accent and the ability to look good in a bonnet used to be a must for young British actresses looking to secure their careers. Nowadays, however, such skills are more of a hindrance. As the recent array of debut performances from tough-talking teenagers shows, directors and producers are increasingly looking for starlets who are more at home in a hoodie than a horse-drawn carriage.

One of the stars of last January's Sundance festival was 19-year-old Londoner Yasmin Paige, who plays an unconventional heroine in the dark comedy Submarine, director Richard Ayoade's film version of Joe Dunthorne's novel. Paige plays Jordana, a Welsh teenager with a penchant for setting fire to things.

"She is a bit of a pyromaniac and she is feisty and I think that »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Britain's tough new actresses look to redefine our heroines

4 April 2011 1:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Forget the niceties of period drama, the next generation of cinema starlets are rough and ready for the big time

A cut-glass accent and the ability to look good in a bonnet used to be a must for young British actresses looking to secure their careers. Nowadays, however, such skills are more of a hindrance. As the recent array of debut performances from tough-talking teenagers shows, directors and producers are increasingly looking for starlets who are more at home in a hoodie than a horse-drawn carriage.

One of the stars of last January's Sundance festival was 19-year-old Londoner Yasmin Paige, who plays an unconventional heroine in the dark comedy Submarine, director Richard Ayoade's film version of Joe Dunthorne's novel. Paige plays Jordana, a Welsh teenager with a penchant for setting fire to things.

"She is a bit of a pyromaniac and she is feisty and I think that »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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