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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints

14 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Who can forget 2003 when filmmaker-duo Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini landed at Sundance with a highly inventive biopic, a seminal film really in the indie film cannon.  Featuring the debatably unlikeable Clevelander Harvey Pekar,  American Splendor moved put the pair on a pedestal, and while they’ve been back to Sundance for The Extra Man (’10), they’ve pretty much stuck to commercial indie items in The Nanny Diaries (07), Cinema Verite – HBO ’11, and Girl Most Likely (aka Imogene) ’12. Starring Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson, production began way back at the end of January on Ten Thousand Saints, which comes with a built-in fanbase due to the novel on which it is based on. Should be a high value sales item if included.

Gist: Based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson, set in the 1980s, a teenager (Asa Butterfield) from »

- Eric Lavallee

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The 31 Best Kids' Movies on Netflix Streaming Right Now

14 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).

(Availability subject to change.)

1. "Anastasia" (1997) G

This winning tale of a girl who might be the lost Romanov princess features the voice talents of Meg Ryan, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack, and Hank Azaria.

2. "Antz" (1998) PG

Woody Allen voices a neurotic ant who falls in love with a princess (Sharon Stone) and must foil the plans of the power-mad General Mandible (Gene Hackman).

3. "Born Free" (1966) PG

A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »

- Sharon Knolle

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

6 November 2014 10:01 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Two teenage British stars are set to join Eva Green in Tim Burton's new feature film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, according to Variety.

Asa Butterfield is in negotiations to play the lead 17 year old Jacob, who sets off in a search for answers to the story of his eastern European grandfather, after the traumatic & mysterious death of his beloved grandfather. He finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them.

Asa (represented by Independent Talent) was recently nominated for Best Actor at the BFI film awards for his role as a maths prodigy in X + Y, and he has previously played the lead in Ender's Game, Hugo and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

18 year old Ella Purnell will join him as young girl named Emma who can control fire »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Casting Net: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn to star in 'Blackbird'

5 November 2014 5:31 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in Blackbird. Theatrical director Benedict Andrews will make his feature directorial debut. David Harrower adapted the script from his play of the same name. The story catches up with two people who had a passionate affair 15 years prior; one has created a new life, while the other is seeking answers. The film will shoot in the U.K. next summer. [Deadline] • Naomi Watts, whose recent films include Birdman and St. Vincent, will star in the indie drama Shut In. Farren Blackburn is directing from a script by Christina Hodson. The film will »

- C. Molly Smith

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Ella Purnell Set For Miss Peregrine.s Home For Peculiar Children

5 November 2014 10:35 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Word arrived in September that Tim Burton was looking to hire Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield for his next project, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Butterfield has now been offered the role, and Maleficent’s Ella Purnell is also in negotiations.Based on Ransom Riggs’ novel, which Chernin Entertainment bought for 20th Century Fox back in 2011, the story follows 16 year-old Jacob (Butterfield), who has grown up hearing tales of the titular orphanage’s odd residents from his grandfather. They included a girl who always floated slightly above the ground, another who could safely hold fire in her hands and twins who had a psychic connection.When his granddad suddenly dies, leaving behind a message for his grandson, Jacob makes the trip to the ancestral home on a strange island off the coast of Wales. There he also finds the remains of Miss Peregrine’s place and discovers »

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Casting: Ferrell, Purnell, Hill, Kenzari, Findlay

5 November 2014 10:25 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Daddy’s Home

"The Other Guys" stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are confirmed to be re-teaming for the comedy "Daddy’s Home" at Paramount, Red Granite Pictures and Gary Sanchez. Sean Anders directs from a script by Brian Burns

Ferrell plays a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children. Complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. [Source: Deadline]

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ella Purnell ("Maleficent") and Asa Butterfield ("Ender's Game") are in negotiations to join Eva Green in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox. Filming aims to begin early next year.

Based on the Ransom Riggs novel, the story follows a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting: Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg Say 'Daddy's Home,' Rooney Mara Flies To 'Blackbird' And More

5 November 2014 9:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rooney Mara is taking a stage play to the big screen. The actress will star alongside Ben Mendelsohn in "Blackbird," an adaptation of David Harrower's work that follows "a confrontation between a man and a woman, estranged former lovers, who clash when the woman shows up unexpectedly at the man’s office." Benedict Andrew will direct, with filming kicking off next summer. [Variety] Asa Butterfield is now confirmed for Tim Burton's “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Ella Purnell is also boarding the pic, which has Eva Green attached, in the adaptation of Ransom Riggs' novel about "about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them." Cameras are aiming to roll in early 2015. [Variety] Christina Hendricks will go into the eye of "The Hurricanes." The Jonathan Lynn ("My Cousin. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ella Purnell and Asa Butterfield to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ (Exclusive)

5 November 2014 8:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ella Purnell and Asa Butterfield are in negotiations to join Eva Green in Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” at 20th Century Fox.

Butterfield had been reported to be the favorite for the male lead. Sources now say he and Purnell have offers and negotiations are underway.

Burton will direct the pic, which is based on the Ransom Riggs novel about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.

Chernin Entertainment is producing the pic.

The hope is to begin production in the first quarter of 2015.

Butterfield is repped CAA and was last seen in “Ender’s Game.”

Purnell, who is repped by Wme and Curtis Brown, was most recently seen »

- Justin Kroll

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Cumberbatch, Pride and more nab British Indie Film Award noms

3 November 2014 11:13 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The British Independent Film Awards have released their list of nominations and includes some pretty big names and films like The Imitation GamePride, and ’71. 

Yann Demange’s upcoming action thriller ’71 starring It Boy Jack O’Connell leads the pack with nine nominations. The movie, which had its North American premiere in September at Tiff, follows a young soldier named Gary (O’Connell) in 1971 who after becoming disoriented in a Belfast street battle is separated from his platoon, forced to navigate the hostile streets solo.   ’71, which will open in Canadian theatres next year, is followed closely by another historically-set drama, Pride, which earned seven nominations.

Another Tiff film, the crowd-pleasing Pride starring Andrew Scott, Bill Nighy, Dominic WestGeorge MacKay and Imelda Staunton, earned seven nominations for its depiction of the unlikely alliance forged between a London Lgbt group and striking Welsh miners.

Other notable nominees for the British Independent »

- Rachel West

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Demange Control: ’71 Leads 2014 British Independent Film Awards Noms

3 November 2014 10:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The edge-of-your seat thriller that was all the talk at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (that momentum was carried over into Telluride and Tiff during the fall) leads all noms for the 17th edition of the 2014 British Independent Film Awards. Landing nine nominations in all, Yann Demange’s ’71 might lead the pack, but I’d argue that despite all the fanfare, remains an underdog in most categories. Going up against The Imitation Game (which failed to score ‎Morten Tyldum a Best Director nod but managed to get Best Screenplay and Best Film consideration) and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, there might be plenty of gift-giving for several films on December 7th, with Matthew WarchusPride also in the mix with a whopping seven noms (mostly in the acting categories). The much deserving Cannes played Catch Me Daddy and Venice Film Fest included The Goob thankfully didn’t go unnoticed, »

- Eric Lavallee

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''71,' 'Pride,' 'The Imitation Game' Nab British Indie Film Award Nominations

3 November 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The British Independent Film Awards announced its nominees this Monday morning and it was good news for films that may not have the muscle to break into the Academy Awards contest. The Irish political thriller “’71” and “Pride,” the story of gay activism and mineworker strikes that fits snuggly the time-honored British sociopolitical dramedy genre, earned the most nominations. In honors that will likely replicate themselves stateside, “Imitation Game” also earned a Best British Independent Film nod, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley finding love in the Best Actor and Actress categories, respectively. Other Best British Independent Film nominees include Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” and John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary.” Picking up multiple nominations were Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank,” documentarian Morgan Matthews’ narrative debut “X+Y,” and the Nick Cave documentary “20,000 Days on Earth.” There’s little conformity to the British Independent Film Awards. Compared to previous years, the 2014 nominations are downright populist. »

- Matt Patches

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‘’71,' ‘Pride,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Lead Race for British Independent Film Awards

3 November 2014 6:31 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Belfast-set thriller “’71”’s tally of nine nominations includes Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Demange, Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris. Timothy Spall also received a Best Actor nod for his role as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic. He's also beaming on behalf of his son, Rafe Spall, nominated for “X+Y.” Timothy Spall and O’Connell will go up against Asa Butterfield for “X+Y”, Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game” and Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary.” The Best Actress category is made up of Alicia Vikander for “Testament Of Youth,” Cheng Pei Pei for “Lilting,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle,” Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and, in her acting debut, Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy.” Andrew Scott and Ben Schnetzer were both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for “Pride,” alongside Michael Fassbender »

- Matt Mueller

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’71’, ‘Pride’ Lead British Indie Film Award Nominations; ‘Imitation Game’ In Mix

3 November 2014 5:32 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Yann Demange’s anti-war parable ’71 has scored a leading nine nominations for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The director’s debut feature, which premiered in Berlin last February, is named in the major categories and also scooped a Best Actor mention for Jack O’Connell who’s next up in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Directors’ Fortnight closer and crowd-pleaser Pride, helmed by Matthew Warchus, was next with seven nominations while festival favorites Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner each scored five nods. Along with ’71, Pride and Mr Turner, the titles competing in the Best British Independent Film race are John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game. Oscar hopeful, The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley also scored acting noms. (See full list of nominees below.)

Winners are decided by an independent »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Thriller ’71’ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

3 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'71 and Pride lead British Independent Film Awards 2014 nominations

3 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations for the 17th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been announced.

'71 leads the nominations with nine nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Pride received seven nominations and Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner achieved five nominations each.

Nominees up for the top prize of Best British Independent Film are '71, Calvary, Mr Turner, Pride and The Imitation Game. Previous winners have included The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and This Is England.

Joining '71 director Yann Demange in the Best Director category are John Michael McDonagh for Calvary, Lenny Abrahamson for Frank, Matthew Warchus for Pride and Mike Leigh for Mr Turner.

Keira Knightley is up for Best Actress for The Imitation Game, along with Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth, Cheng Pei Pei for Lilting, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Belle and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for Catch Me Daddy. »

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'71, Pride lead Bifa nominations

3 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pride, Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner also score multiple nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, where Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will compete for best actor. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to chair jury.Scroll down for full list of nominees

Yann Demange’s ‘71 leads the nominations for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards, announced today in London by actor Jared Harris.

The thriller, about a British soldier on the run through the dangerous streets of 1971 Belfast, scored nine nominations including: Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris.

The film first launched at Berlin in February and won the Golden Athena at the Athens International Film Festival in September.

‘71 will go up against Calvary, Mr Turner, Pride and The Imitation Game for the top prize.

Matthew Warchus’s gay activist »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Thriller ‘71′ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

3 November 2014 3:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, »

- Leo Barraclough

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First look at Spaceship

31 October 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

19 year old Alexa Davies leads the cast in Spaceship, which has just started shooting in Farnborough and Guildford, Surrey.

Written and directed by Alex Taylor, Spaceship tells the story of a father's search for his daughter after an apparent alien abduction.

Alexa plays Lucidia, alongside Finish actor Antti Reini as Gabriel. Alexa (represented by Bwh), one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch 2014 will next be seen alongside Asa Butterfield in up coming feature X + Y, and has just completed filming on the first series of the Caitlin Moran family comedy series Raised By Wolves.

The film also stars Lara Peake (represented by Hamilton Hodell) as Tegan. Lara can currently be seen alongside George Mackay in Duane Hopkins feature Bypass.

They are joined by two newcomers,  20 year old Lucian Charles Collier (represented by Bananafish Management) from Leeds as Luke, and Tallulah Haddon from London.

 “The story has gripped us all in a »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Bankside scores X+Y deals

29 October 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.

UK sales outfit Bankside Films has notched up a string of sales on Toronto hit drama X+Y.

Deals have closed for France (Synergy Cinema), Australia/New Zealand (Pinnacle Films), Japan (Respect Film Company), Canada (D Films), Benelux (Imagine), Scandinavia (NonStop Entertainment), South Korea (Bloomsbury Partners), Switzerland (Praesens), Turkey (Fabula), Middle East (Front Row Entertainment), Former Yugoslavia (Discovery), South Africa (M-Net), Taiwan (Schengchi Media), Thailand (M Pictures) and Airlines (CineSky).

Koch previously acquired UK rights.

Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang star in the well-received drama from director Morgan Matthews and writer James Graham.

Butterfield stars as a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Producers are Laura Hastings-Smith and Origin’s David Thompson and Ed Rubin.

Financiers include BFI, BBC Films, Screen »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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