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Richard Ayoade to Host 2015 British Independent Film Awards.

18 November 2015 9:18 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Bifa-winning writer, director, presenter and actor Richard Ayoade will host the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards. Richard was nominated for two BIFAs and a BAFTA for his debut film "Submarine" and won the Bifa for Best Screenplay. He starred in "The Watch" with Jonah Hill and co-wrote and directed "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg. He won a BAFTA for playing Moss in "The It Crowd" and featured in "Nathan Barley," "Time Trumpet" and "The Mighty Boosh," as well as Garth Marenghi’s "Dark Place," which he also co-wrote and directed. His first book, "Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic »

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Richard Ayoade to Host 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards

18 November 2015 7:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: British Independent Film Awards Launch First-Ever Public Screenings Program for Nominated Films The Moët British Independent Film Awards has just announced that Bifa-winning writer, director and actor Richard Ayoade will host the 2015 awards ceremony. Ayoade's history in the film business includes two Bifa nominations and a BAFTA for his first film, "Submarine," for which he also won the Bifa for Best Screenplay in 2010. Ayoade has also won a BAFTA for playing Moss in "The It Crowd." Additionally, he is an accomplished author of cinema studies, having published the novel "Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey" in 2014. Audiences might known him best, however, for acting in "The Watch" or for writing and directing "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg.   "I have come to accept that I am now contracted to host this year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards, following in the esteemed »

- Elle Leonsis

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Richard Ayoade to host BIFAs

18 November 2015 2:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director and comic actor to take over hosting duties for the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Bifa-winning writer, director, presenter and actor Richard Ayoade is to host the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards, set to take place on Dec 6 at Old Billingsgate in London.

Ayoade was nominated for two BIFAs and a BAFTA for his debut film Submarine and won the Bifa for Best Screenplay.

He starred in The Watch with Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill, and co-wrote and directed The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Ayoade won a BAFTA for playing Moss in The It Crowd and featured in TV comedies Nathan Barley, Time Trumpet and The Mighty Boosh, as well as Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, which he also wrote and directed.

His first book, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey, was published by Faber & Faber in 2014.

Ayoade said: “I have come to accept that I am now contracted to host this year’s Moët »

- (Michael Rosser)

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New to Streaming: ‘Mistress America,’ ‘Tangerine,’ ‘Love,’ ‘I Smile Back,’ and More

6 November 2015 8:34 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical »

- TFS Staff

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'Paddington 2' Brings Back Director Paul King

27 October 2015 6:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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.

The first movie, based on the beloved novels by Michael Bond, told the story of the »

- MovieWeb

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Q&A: Just Jim director Craig Roberts

2 October 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Joshua Gill reports on a Q&A with Just Jim director Craig Roberts

Having broken out of acting with Submarine and also appearing in a number of other films since then, with this being your first full length feature can you tell us exactly how you came to make Just Jim? It’s an incredibly low-budget film you got off the ground a couple of years ago, is that correct?

Craig Roberts: Yeah it was a low-budget film. It was a £300,000 film we made as part of a scheme called cinematic, a company that picks three directors giving them £300,000 pounds to make a film. I heard about it five days before the deadline and wrote a script that made no sense, which seems to make less sense now.

Was there a certain amount of improvisation that went into the film?

Cr: No, actually. It does make sense. Hopefully. It makes sense to me, »

- Joshua Gill

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Movie Review – Just Jim (2015)

29 September 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just Jim, 2015.

Written and Directed by Craig Roberts.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Craig Roberts, Ryan Owen, Charlotte Randall, Nia Roberts and Aneirin Hughes.


Living in the sleepy valleys of Wales, Jim has his life altered when an enigmatic American moves in next-door.

Those of you familiar with Craig Roberts will most likely remember him from his breakout performance in Richard Ayoade’s film Submarine, and those who don’t might well remember his much earlier role as Rio in The Story of Tracy Beaker. Transgressing past his childhood roles on-screen Roberts takes up residence behind the camera for his directorial debut, Just Jim. Having written, directed and starred in his own film, Just Jim stands as an incredibly striking achievement, illustrating all the potential that the multifaceted Roberts possesses in its execution.

The comedy of Just Jim is both poignant and surreal, at times seeming extremely dry and deadpan in its approach towards the beginning, »

- Joshua Gill

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Just Jim review – surreal and darkly funny

27 September 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Craig Roberts’s directorial debut mixes Dostoevskian paranoia and cracked humour with impressive confidence

There’s more than a hint of Richard Ayoade in Craig Roberts’s darkly comic directorial debut. Both the teen awkwardness of Submarine (in which Roberts memorably starred) and the Dostoevskian paranoia of The Double are here present and correct. Working from his own script, Roberts plays the titular Jim, a dorky misfit whose life is transformed by the arrival of new neighbour Dean (Emile Hirsch), who teaches Jim to be a rebel. Trips to a rat-pit cinema endlessly repeating the same mock-noir hint that Dean may be partly a Fight Club-style figment of Jim’s cineliterate imagination, although the film’s surreal threads are left deliberately open-ended. With his deadpan Keaton-esque demeanour, Roberts is already a singular screen presence, and here acquits himself confidently behind the camera, handling the film’s shifting tones with nicely cracked off-kilter humour. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Film Review: 'Just Jim'

25 September 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ It's always interesting to learn that an actor has taken on the directorial challenge. What makes Just Jim (2015) pretty remarkable is unlike those who had spent a considerable time performing before making the leap (under the tutelage of Don Siegel and Sergio Leone, Eastwood had hit forty when he directed Play Misty For Me in 1971), Craig Roberts is a fresh-faced 24 year-old who first made an impact as an actor five years previous in Richard Ayoade's teen comedy Submarine (2010).


- CineVue UK

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Just Jim review – quirky, deadpan Welsh teen comedy

24 September 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The star of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine directs an oddly similar story about a smalltown nerd lusting after an unattainable schoolmate

Related: Craig Roberts: the Richard Ayoade protege turned debonair director

Craig Roberts is best known as the star of Richard Ayoade’s quirky, deadpan Welsh teen comedy Submarine, so it’s somewhat suspicious that his directorial debut is, er, a quirky, deadpan Welsh teen comedy.

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- Steve Rose

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Danger Mouse sneak peek video shows new-look characters: Is he still the strongest, the quickest, the best?

24 September 2015 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Get a sneak peek at the new Danger Mouse revival with this video of the new voice actors.

The clip shows stars Alexander Armstrong (Danger Mouse) and Kevin Eldon (Ernest Penfold) bringing their characters to life in the booth and on screen.

We also get a look at Stephen Fry as Colonel K, Shauna Macdonald as Professor Squawkencluck and Come Dine with Me's Dave Lamb as the Narrator.

Game of Thrones' Lena Headey stars as Jeopardy Mouse and Armstrong's Pointless co-star Richard Osman voices Professor Jelly.

The show will also star Ed Gaughan as the villainous Baron Greenback, Facejacker's Kayvan Novak and The It Crowd's Richard Ayoade.

A James Bond-themed trailer for the show premiered earlier this month.

The new series of Danger Mouse will start on September 28, the 34th anniversary of the premiere of the original series. Watch a promo below: »

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Craig Roberts: the Richard Ayoade protege turned debonair director

22 September 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Roberts starred in Submarine as a teen and now, aged 24, he’s written and directed his debut film Just Jim. But it’s his Welsh home town that remains his muse

Craig Roberts waits for me by the entrance of Cardiff Central railway station. Wales’ wannabe David Lynch, a purveyor of dark tales from the valleys, is dressed in black, hair slicked back, lost in thought as he draws on a cigarette.

It’s a little ironic to see Roberts looking so cool. Since starring in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, the 24-year-old actor – and now feature film director – has made a career playing the adolescent weirdo stuck in a world of his own. On the strength of his directorial debut, Just Jim, it’s a persona, it seems, he is happy to embrace.

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- Tom Seymour

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The underappreciated films of Jesse Eisenberg

27 August 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To salute the incoming arrival of American Ultra, we salute some underrated treats from Jesse Eisenberg's back catalogue...

When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.

But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »

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6 movies that desperately tried to be Ghostbusters: Pixels, Men in Black and more

12 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Adam Sandler's Pixels arrives in UK cinemas this week on the back of some scathing reviews, with many critics noting the film's superficial similarities to Ghostbusters.

It wouldn't be the first movie to try and rip off the '80s classic. We look at 6 flicks that desperately wanted to be 1984's Ghostbusters below...

1. Pixels (2015)

In Adam Sandler's latest offering, video game characters spring to life and declare war on Earth after misinterpreting feeds of classic arcade games. It's down to a disparate team of former hardcore gamers to save the day.

Conceptually, Pixels is bursting with great ideas but sinks thanks to its leading man getting crowbarred in - this is very much an "Adam Sandler Movie" and much the worse for it. To hammer home the Ghostbusters link there's even a cameo role for Dan Aykroyd.

2. Men in Black (1997)

One of the more successful Ghostbusters clones, Men in Black »

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‘Just Jim’ Trailer: ‘Submarine’ Star Craig Roberts Directs His Own Coming-of-Age Indie

22 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

British actor Craig Roberts first came to our attention as the offbeat teen lead in Submarine, Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut. Now Roberts is all grown up and starring as the offbeat teen lead in Just Jim, his own directorial debut. Roberts’ Jim is a lonely 16-year-old whose life is upended by a new American neighbor, Dean […]

The post ‘Just Jim’ Trailer: ‘Submarine’ Star Craig Roberts Directs His Own Coming-of-Age Indie appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Molinare acquires Hackenbacker

2 July 2015 5:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.

UK post production house Molinare has acquired audio facility Hackenbacker from e-Post Media Limited, the owners of Halo Post Production. The purchase was concluded yesterday (July 1).

Molinare recently provided picture and sound on Simon Pegg romantic comedy Man Up and an upcoming TV adaptation of Beowulf for UK broadcaster ITV.

Hackenbacker’s portfolio includes Downton Abbey, recent reboot Thunderbirds Are Go, and The Double from Richard Ayoade.

Hackenbacker’s founder, Nigel Heath, will remain a director of the audio facility and will join the group management team alongside Julie Parmenter and Steve Milne of Molinare, and private equity firms Next Wave Partners and Saphir Capital.

The acquisition will have no impact on the day-to-day operation of either facility or sound department.

Molinare managing director Parmenter said: “We have collaborated on many drama projects over the past three years, including The Musketeers and The 7.39, and with a combination »

- (Michael Rosser)

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On my radar: Richard Ayoade’s cultural highlights

27 June 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and film-maker on Björk’s powerful brilliance, the gritty films of Mike Nichols and the perfect sound of Ts Eliot’s poetry

Richard Ayoade was born in London in 1977. He read law at Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights, and co-wrote a Perrier-nominated show at the Edinburgh fringe in 2000. Part of the original cast of The Mighty Boosh, he also appeared on The It Crowd as Moss for four seasons, receiving a Bafta in 2014. He began a parallel career as a director, first for music videos by Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend, and later in features including Submarine and The Double. The paperback of his first book, a satirical take on movie biographies, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (Faber), is out now.

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- Interview by Priya Elan

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13 presenters who could join Chris Evans on Top Gear, from Jodie Kidd to Steve Coogan

17 June 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has finally made an official announcement regarding the future of Top Gear, with DJ Chris Evans becoming the show's new lead host.

Following Jeremy Clarkson's departure, it also looks as if James May and Richard Hammond will not be returning, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.

Evans has said that a female co-host will "definitely" be joining him, but who is in line for one of the biggest TV shows in the world? Here's a list of potential options tipped by bookmakers and fans alike.

1. Jodie Kidd

One of the most popular choices at the bookies, Kidd is a good friend of Clarkson and the Top Gear team, and knows her stuff when it comes to motors.

Primarily known for her modelling work before a career in TV, she is a keen motor racer and has taken part in the Gumball 3000 several times. At one stage, »

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Warp’s Mary Burke Joins BFI Film Fund as Senior Production, Development Executive

15 June 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Film Institute has appointed Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. Burke joins from Warp Films, where she is an executive producer and board member.

The BFI is the U.K.’s largest public investor in film, with more than £30 million ($46.5 million) in funding to invest each year. Burke’s role will be to identify and support a diverse range of British feature film projects, working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.

Burke’s producer credits include “Bunny and the Bull,” the 2009 feature debut from Paul King, who went on to direct “Paddington,” the U.K.’s most successful independent film of 2014; “Submarine,” the feature BAFTA and Bifa-winning debut of Richard Ayoade, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2010; Paul Wright’s “For Those in Peril,” which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; “Berberian Sound Studio, »

- Leo Barraclough

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BFI hires Warp Films' Mary Burke

15 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Warp Films exec Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. 

Burke will take a senior editorial role at the BFI - identifying and supporting a range of new British feature film projects, and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.

A recipient of two BAFTAs and two BIFAs, Burke’s producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who went on last year to direct Paddington; Richard Ayoade’s SubmarinePaul Wright’s 2013 Cannes title For Those in Peril; Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio; and Chris Waitt documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures.

Burke is currently executive producer and board member at Warp Films, where she has worked in a variety of production and development roles since »

- (Michael Rosser)

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