Their Finest Blu-ray Review Their Finest (2016) Blu-ray Review, a movie written by Gabby Chiappe, based on a novel by Lissa Evans and directed by Lone Scherfig, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Jeremy Irons and Bill Nighy. Release Date: July 11th, 2017. Plot “A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a [...]
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Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp.
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Reps for the actress had been speaking with the studio as of last week, but talks did not progress from there.
McGregor will play the adult Christopher Robin, who has lost his sense of imagination and is a businessman focused on work and success. (And yes, Pooh and the gang will be making appearances in the film.)
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Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp. From the producers of Brooklyn and Carol, Their Finest takes place in Britain during World War II and tells the story of a film crew as they create a movie to boost the country’s morale after the Blitz. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (2007, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Gideon’s Daughter) lead an all-star cast in what Andrew Barker at Variety considers “a relentlessly charming romantic comedy.” Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day), the Their Finest Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public.
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The spirit of rebellion will be in the air at the Munich Film Festival, which will be occupied by movies focusing on young people protesting against how their societies are run and seeking out a new utopia. The fest runs June 22-July 1.
One of the German films that reflects the theme of “creative resistance” is “The Long Summer of Theory,” says Christoph Groener, who programs the New German Cinema section. The film reflects the feeling among the young that “what is needed is to move from solipsistic thinking to practical doing.”
Irene von Alberti’s pic centers on three women whose apartment is threatened by property speculators. They decide to change their lives, and are “trying to think of new creative forms of living together” that incorporate a sense of “social solidarity.”
The movie “wants to create a new activism where the film itself might be just a starting point and wants to infuse audiences with the need to talk to each other and find ways to create a new society, a new utopia, in which we can thrive,” says Groener.
In Germany, many young filmmakers, faced with the difficulties of raising financing, are turning to low-budget moviemaking to deliver pics “that seem to be totally uncompromised in their creative approach,” Groener says. Many of these films have an improvisational approach that delivers something that is “new, radical and playful.” The films don’t rely on high-production values, but have the ability to be successful internationally, he says.
Other countries are also producing films that form part of “this new juicy cinema that wants to [inspire] a new political activism,” he says. One film that typifies this resistance ethos is Sofia Exarchou’s “Park,” which centers on young people squatting in the decaying Olympic Village in Athens, creating their own community outside of the conventions of Greek society.
Festival director Diana Iljine says a new generation of auteurs is emerging, whose approach is “fresh, not only in terms of the content, but also the aesthetics.” This filmmaking is “not always positive [in its outlook] — not every story ends in a good way — but it is full of hope, and [the filmmakers] have sought for a creative solution.”
The festival is in revolt itself: against simplistic notions of what life, and cinema, is like in countries perceived as posing a threat to the West, such as Iran, Russia and China.
Bernhard Karl, who programs the fest’s international films, says that in some countries “it’s often the case that [filmmakers] don’t have the chance to make political films,” but their movies instead “reflect the political situation in small, personal stories.”
These films offer a peek at the lives of ordinary folks in these countries. Xuebo Wang’s “Knife in the Clear Water” centers on a farmer from the Hui Muslim minority group in China who is obliged to slaughter his bull for a feast, but is unwilling to part with the beloved animal. Mehdi Fard Ghaderi’s “Immortality” gives a snap-shot of life in Iran. The film, which follows six families on a train journey, depicts a microcosm of Iranian society.
Munich Festival Highlights
Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In,” starring Juliette Binoche, opens the fest. The film tells the story of an artist in Paris looking for love and personal fulfillment. “To open with a Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche film is a dream for a festival person like me,” Iljine says.
Sofia Coppola may only be in her mid-40s, but Munich is honoring her with a career retrospective. She won an original screenplay Oscar for “Lost in Translation,” a Venice Golden Lion for “Somewhere,” and the director prize at Cannes with “The Beguiled.”
“There are not many women out there who are as good, as famous, as much of a fashion icon, and coming from such an interesting a background as she does,” Iljine says. “She’s a star and [her films] marked a new way of filmmaking.”
Bryan Cranston, who nabbed four Emmys for “Breaking Bad,” took a Tony for “All the Way” and was Oscar- nommed for “Trumbo,” will receive Munich’s CineMerit Award, which recognizes his “outstanding contributions to the film arts.” He will also present his latest film, “Wakefield.”
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The UK DVD and Blu-ray release of British film Their Finest has been announced.
Capturing and reflecting the spirit of a nation at war, one woman must navigate the complexities of movie production, the stiff upper lips of government and her own romantic entanglements in the irresistible British comedy drama Their Finest, available on digital platforms from August 14th and on Blu-ray and DVD from August 21st courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, inexperienced screenwriter, Catrin (Gemma Arterton; The Girl With All The Gifts, Tamara Drewe) and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the country’s flagging spirits and inspire America to join the war. Partnered with fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin; My Cousin Rachel, Me Before You), the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the »
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If you're already having Bates Motel withdrawals and you're going to miss Olivia Cooke's performance as Emma, Rlj Entertainment might have just the cure for what ails you, as they've just acquired the Us rights to The Limehouse Golem, a new serial killer thriller set in London and starring Cooke alongside Bill Nighy.
Keep an eye out for The Limehouse Golem in theaters and on VOD beginning September 8th, and check out the official press release with full details on the film:
Press Release: Los Angeles, June 1, 2017 – Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired U.S. rights to the thriller The Limehouse Golem. Based on the novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” by Peter Ackroyd, the film was written by the acclaimed writer Jane Goldman (Kingsmen, The Woman in Black), directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) and produced by Stephen Woolley (Their Finest, Interview with a Vampire), Joanna Laurie »
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This Memorial Day weekend at the specialty box office is dominated by niche releases without much crossover theatrical appeal, often available for home viewing. The strongest performer: Sundance entry “Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead” (Abramorama), which opened in two cities, combining Thursday night event shows and full-week dates to overcome its four-hour running time.
June will bring some top releases to flesh out a slow schedule, including Sofia Coppola’s Cannes success “The Beguiled” (Focus Features). Cannes competition films from Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”) and Noah Baumbach (“The Meyerowitz Stories”) will hit Netflix and select day-and-date theaters in June, and sometime after that, respectively.
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Anne Hathaway is getting back into the rom-com game. ComingSoon.net reports that the Oscar winner has signed on to star in an untitled romantic comedy from STXfilms penned by writing partners Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“How to Be Single,” “Never Been Kissed”).
“We have been looking for ways to work with Annie since launching Stx, and when she came to us with this idea, we knew right away that we wanted to make this movie with her,” said STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson. “This is a modern-day look at love, dating, and hookups with a very contemporary and authentic voice that speaks to a generation that casually swipes right to find a mate. As technology has allowed for a new era for matchmaking, it also comes with a lot of comedy and consequences and Anne wanted to explore that territory in funny, relevant, and very unexpected ways.”
Hathaway added, “I am excited to be collaborating with STXfilms on this movie. It’s been really heartening how willing they are to take risks and explore what we all hope will be a great and modern comedic story.”
“This project marks the next significant female-driven film produced and distributed by STXfilms (six of its first 11 films starred or were directed by women); the company’s next six releases (‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Gringo,’ ‘A Bad Moms Christmas,’ and ‘The Happytime Murders’) also feature women in leading roles,” the source writes.
Previously released women-directed titles from STXfilms include Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” a period dramedy about a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who gets hired to write dialogue for female characters in propaganda films, and Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age story “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld.
This new project doesn’t have a director attached yet.
While she won an Oscar in 2013 for showing off her dramatic — and vocal — chops in “Les Misérables,” Hathaway’s career has included a number of rom-coms, including “Love & Other Drugs,” “Bride Wars,” and “The Princess Diaries.” She can currently be seen in “Colossal,” an unconventional monster movie in theaters now.
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Diego Luna is looking for love, signing on to star in romance ensemble film Berlin, I Love You. Sources say Orlando Bloom and Gemma Arterton also are in negotiations to join the anthology film, which already has Jack Huston and Sophie Turner attached to star.
Several directors will each handle one story in the project, with Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger attached to make their directorial debuts as part of the film. They also will star in their segments.
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Star of Joseph Cedar's Footnote and Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, Lior Ashkenazi, spoke with me on growing up seeing Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman movies with his father, Burt Lancaster in Robert Siodmak's The Crimson Pirate being his first, shooting Eytan Fox's Walk On Water at Berlin's Tempelhof airport, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes at the Cannes Film Festival, and performing a silent scene with Richard Gere.
Lior's upcoming films include Julie Delpy's My Zoe (with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, Daniel Brühl); Dragos Buliga's The Wanderers (Armand Assante); Eran Riklis's Refuge (Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin), Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot (Sarah Adler), and José Padilha's Entebbe (Rosamund Pike, Brühl), where he portrays Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. »
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A weak arthouse market was brightened by “The Lovers,” a high-concept A24 release targeted at the usual older specialty demo. Azazel Jacobs, an indie veteran without a breakout film to his credit, returned to the feature world from HBO (“Doll and Em”) with “The Lovers” (A24). Its initial results put it atop the results for the weekend which saw several disappointments.
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Several top specialized distributors optimistically counter-programmed against Marvel’s May juggernaut “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” hoping to fill the vacuum with no other wide releases to grab attention. That strategy can can launch a film like “Belle,” “Ida,” and “Far from the Madding Crowd” toward a big push in the early summer period including Memorial Day weekend.
Even if “The Lovers” never approaches that level, it is positioned to get »
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The cast and crew of The Handmaid's Tale have unveiled more of what we can expect to see happen in season 2...
A dystopian thriller based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale was an all-too-relevant hit for Hulu this year, and they quite quickly renewed the show for a second season.
Set in the near-future in the dystopian Republic of Gilead where women are subjected and stripped of their individualism, Handmaids are fertile young women who are forced to submit to ritualised rape and bear the children of the ruling class. The first season followed Offred, a handmaid, who pledged to survive and fight the unjust totalitarian rule.
A second season poses »
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Blu-ray Review, a movie starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua, Dominique Tipper, and Anamaria Marinca. Release Date: April 25, 2017 Plot “Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems to be [...]
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Exclusive: Embankment launches sales on Second World War drama.
Swale has also penned the screenplay of the feature, which is set during the Second World War and stars Arterton in the lead role of Alice.
When an evacuee boy arrives out of the blue and is placed in her care, Alice resolves to be rid of him. Yet, as the young boy opens her heart, allowing her to unlock the secrets of her past, Alice begins to realise that sometimes imagination really can set you free.
Swale won Bafta’s Jj Screenwriting bursary for the project in 2012.
Her theatre credits include Blue Stockings, which premiered at London’s Globe theatre in 2013, and Nell Gwynn, starring Arterton, which won her the Olivier Award for best new comedy in 2016.
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UK producers including Andy Paterson and Rebecca O’Brien back the radical proposal.
On the day that Pact-commissioned report The State Of The UK Independent Film Sector is launched, leading British producers have made a radical new proposal for the UK’s film tax credit to be hiked up to 40% for British films in the £2m to £10m budget range.
The Film Tax Relief (Ftr), introduced in 2007, is acknowledged to have helped spending on UK film production to reach record levels (£1.596bn in 2016) but the plight of independent producers remains dire.
The report, put together by consultancy firm Olsberg Spi and focusing on the period between 2007 and 2017, exposes many of the chronic problems now facing the independent sector.
Prime among these is the struggle for producers to make a living yet alone build a sustainable business when (the report calculates) the international market value for UK independent films has plummeted by 50% since 2007 and continues to fall.
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Ryan Lambie Apr 27, 2017
Deciding what film to watch on a plane is fraught with danger - especially if you worry what other passengers might think of your choices...
Nb: The following contains a mild spoiler for Toni Erdmann and descriptions of saucy film moments.
To date, science has yet to bring us matter transporters or suspended animation, but things have moved on considerably when it comes to in-flight entertainment. Once upon a time, watching a movie on a plane meant squinting at a screen a few rows away as a heavily-edited version of a six-month old film played.
Today, most planes come with a little flat screen mounted on the seat in front of you; with a press of a few unresponsive buttons, you »
Given the commercially modest set of new films it was up against, the eighth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise had no problem holding on to the top spot at the UK box office, grossing £3.59m in its second frame, for a 12-day total of £23m. This compares with £26.25m for Fast & Furious 7 after two weekends of play, although that was just a 10-day number.
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