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In 2007, director Morgan Matthews delivered his TV documentary "Beautiful Young Minds," which centered on a group of students participating in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Among the nods it received was a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Single Documentary, and now Matthews hopes the feature version of that story will get even more attention. Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan have joined forces for "X+Y." With a script by playwright James Graham, it tells the story of a borderline autistic kid whose love of numbers gets him on the British Math Team, where a trip to Taipei for the International Mathematics Olympiad brings the possibility of romance, and opens him up to a whole new life. Gotta say, we never felt this inspired while doing long division. Here's the official synopsis: For most of us, equations are just a means to an end. But for teenage math »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, well, then surely mathematics is the most beautiful thing of all." Check out this trailer for a film titled X+Y, not the best title but I see what they were going for, a drama about a talented young math prodigy diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, Nathan, who is being raised by a single mother, played by the always impressive Sally Hawkins, and he befriends his teacher, played by Rafe Spall. He ends up on a big trip to Taiwan on the British team of the International Mathematics Olympiad, joined by Eddie Marsan there. It's a great cast, and while the trailer occasionally gets a bit sappy, there is something unique about it and I'm curious to see. Give it a look. Here's the first official festival trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y, from »
- Alex Billington
The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.
With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.
The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »
- Jacob Shamsian
Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.
The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff »
- Eric Lavallee
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
While fans of Donna Tartt's beloved 1992 novel The Secret History have been waiting well over a decade for the long-stalled movie adaptation to get the green light, there was some good news this week as Warner Bros confirmed that they have acquired the film rights to her Pulitzer winner The Goldfinch.
Spanning two decades, the novel follows Theo Decker, who loses his mother at the age of 13 and is subsequently drawn into the criminal underworld through his possession of a valuable work of art.
If you're yet to read The Goldfinch, you may want to come back once you have as there will be Spoilers in the text below. Otherwise, read on for Digital Spy's dream cast...
Theo Decker (Ages 13-16)
The difficulty with casting the young Theo, whose perspective the first half of the book is told from, is that all the actors we have in mind will »
Mentored by unconventional and anarchic teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall), Nathan’s talents win him a place representing Gb at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
When the team go to train in Taiwan, headed up by squad leader Richard (Eddie Marsan), Nathan is faced with unexpected challenges - not least his new and unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart...
Newcomer Jo Yang who went to school in West London before returning to study in Beiijing plays the beautiful Zhang Mei.
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Don’t panic – it’s not a feature-length Coldplay video. On the contrary, X + Y appears to be something altogether lovely and uplifting. Having made his 2007 BAFTA nominated TV documentary, Beautiful Young Minds, director Morgan Matthews brings us playwright James Graham’s fictionalised version of that story – which centres around the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Starring Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) as Nathan – a young student whose specific ‘traits’ place him on the autistic spectrum – the film charts his time with his dedicated teacher, played by Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi), and his mother, played by Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine). Between them, they nurture his affinity for numbers and set him on the road to joining the British Math Team in Taipei for the International Math Olympiad. It is here, amidst these new circumstances that Nathan’s rigid life begins to open up to the realm of infinite possibility.
Though the »
- Sarah Myles
Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Goldfinch was picked up for a movie adaptation by Warner Bros. on Tuesday. The book tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in a museum bombing and whose father wants little to do with him. During the bombing, Decker stole The Goldfinch, the 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius, which he keeps hidden from the world. The book is 800 pages long and spans decades, so compressing it all into one movie will be a challenge. The cast of characters is small but memorable, and since it’s so high-profile, could attract a »
- Jacob Shamsian
Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire, Northern England, for four weeks.
“The Incident,” which is a working title, is the debut feature from BAFTA-nominated writer/director Jane Linfoot (“Sea View”). It also stars Tom Hughes (“Cemetery Junction”) and upcoming actress Tasha Connor (“X Plus Y”).
The film is produced by Caroline Cooper Charles (“Hush,” “Bunny and the Bull,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties”) and Sarada McDermott (“Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie,” “Tyrannosaur,” “The Swimmer”). The film is backed by BFI Film Fund with Creativity Capital, and is a Universal Spirits and Square Circle Films production.
A metropolitan couple, Annabel (Gedmintas) and Joe (Hughes) cross paths with Lily (Connor), a troubled, vulnerable teen. Annabel and Joe’s decision to ignore Lily’s plight provokes »
- Leo Barraclough
Principal photography has commenced on The Incident (working title), a psychological drama that marks the debut feature of Jane Linfoot, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2008.
Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire over four weeks.
The film centres on metropolitan couple Annabel (Ruta Gedmintas) and Joe (Tom Hughes), who cross paths with Lily (Tasha Connor), a troubled, vulnerable teen. Annabel and Joe’s decision to ignore Lily provokes an unsettling incident that disrupts the couple’s comfortable lives, forcing them to confront their shared guilt.
Gedmintas is currently starring in new FX drama The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro; Hughes starred in Cemetery Junction and more recently Richard Curtis’s About Time; and Connor recently finished filming X Plus Y alongside Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
There has been a lot of talk and speculation surrounding the possible inclusion of Robin in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Daniel Radcliffe recently expressed interest in playing the character, and it was rumored that Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: Episode VII) was up for the role of Nightwing. There's no confirmation on whether Robin or Nightwing will be in the movie, but there's a good chance that somewhere down the line one or both of the characters will be introduced into Snyder's DC cinematic universe.
So I came up with a list of young actors who could potentially take on the role of Robin in the film. Over the years there have been several Robins introduced in the the comics, and any one of those could be brought into the franchise. There's Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, and Carrie Kelley. Each one had a very different attitude, »
- Joey Paur
London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.
This year’s London Screenings (June 23-26) marks the 11th edition of the capital’s biggest film export event and has been given a make-over for 2014.
It has dropped the previous title of the London UK Film Focus (Luff) and will introduce various new strands. But organisers are quick to point out this isn’t a case of reinventing the event - more of “buffing it up” after more than a decade.
The budget of around $330,000 is roughly the same as in previous years. The key difference is that the event, which generates an estimated $8m a year in international business for British films and sales agents, has secured »
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The Solution Entertainment Group is at the Cannes Film Market with the new film from American Splendor directors Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman, Ten Thousand Saints and they've released the first picture from the upcoming drama starring Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game). Pulcini and Berman co-direct and wrote the script based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson. The story is described as a sweeping multi-generational story set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City of the late 1980s; Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young--and old--are all major elements in this heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture. Along with Hawke and Butterfield, the film co-stars Butterfield's Ender's Game co-star Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor »
- Brad Brevet
4 Minute Mile
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Sales: Double Dutch Intl.
Director: Eran Creevy
A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.
Sales: Im Global
Director: Shawn Christensen
Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: A. J. Edwards
The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: Tod “Kip” Williams
Producers: Richard Saperstein, »
- Variety Staff
BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming slate ahead of Cannes, which highlights its ongoing strategy to develop new talent and bolster existing relationships with filmmakers.
The slate is headlined by The Lady In The Van, an adaptation of the memoir of playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett.
Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Bennett, The Lady In The Van is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her clapped out old dormobile in his drive and stayed for 15 years.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Well, this definitely made us do a double take! Hailee Steinfeld was snapped with what appeared to be a burgeoning belly in New York City on Thursday. But as it turns out, the 17-year-old actress is not expecting. Rather, her character is in the upcoming drama Ten Thousand Saints, which of course, explains the fake baby bump. The movie, set in the 1980s, also stars Emile Hirsch, Ethan Hawke, Emily Mortimer and Asa Butterfield, who previously appeared with Steinfeld in last year's Ender's Game. Earlier this week, it was announced that Steinfeld had joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 smash hit. No further details have been released, »
If you’re looking for a film that deserves a second chance, Ender’s Game will certainly fit the bill. It came and went without much fanfare last fall, another adaptation of a beloved teen novel that failed to catch fire the way the producers clearly hoped it would. It was further burdened by homophobic comments made by the novel’s author Orson Scott Card, which the filmmakers were quick to disavow to no avail. Ender’s Game came and went with nary a hiccup, which sadly overshadowed the fact that – in and of itself – it’s actually rather terrific. Hit the jump for my full Ender's Game Blu-ray review. It thrives in part because it has a lot to say about being different, and the ways in which the world tests and bullies outsiders who dare to be themselves. Director Gavin Hood has shown flashes of such insight in his previous work. »
- Rob Vaux
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There’s little question that Hollywood’s “adapt anything Ya!” attitude has helped shepherd a new line of strong (or, at least, pretend strong, as is the case with Twilight’s Bella Swan, a bell I will ring until the day I die) young female heroines into the pop cultural consciousness. The Hunger Games has the sharp-shooting Katniss Everdeen (who will soon incite a revolution in the next two films based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling three-book series), while Divergent has the fear-blasting Tris Prior (who will, hey »
- Kate Erbland
Update: Just like in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, when the people are looking for a hero, they turn to Katniss Everdeen - the winner of the Pick Hero Award. Katniss won with 36% of the vote but right at her heels is Percy Jackson, who ran a tight race with 32%. Of course, if you've seen Sea of Monsters, that seems about right for Percy at this point in time (anyone see Clarice?).
Feb. 21, 2014 - It's easy to be a hero when you have super powers, but what about when you don't? The nominees for Pick Hero Award are on their game whether it's to save one life, save their country, save the world or to save an alien planet. Check out the choices (see the video below) and then go vote!
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