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Documentarian Morgan Matthews’ feature debut "X+Y" played quietly at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. The voters involved with this year’s British Independent Film Awards are clearly noticing something fest-goers overlooked. Based on Matthews’ own BBC documentary "Beautiful Young Minds," which followed the selection process and training of Britain's 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad team, "X+Y" stars "Hugo" and "Ender’s Game" actor Asa Butterfield as a young math whiz coping with his emotionally and logistically complex mind. The first trailer for the film plays like a mix between "A Beautiful Mind" and Mark Haddon’s novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," meaning the Bifa’s may not be the only ones prone to falling for it. Adding a bit of gravitas to the uplifting young adult story are Eddie Marsan, Rafe Spall, and the Academy Award-nominated Sally Hawkins, one of the most genuine actresses gracing screens »
- Matt Patches
The first narrative feature for documentary film maker Morgan Matthews, X + Y sees Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) play Nathan, a young British math's prodigy who finds his small, safe world where numbers are his only comfort expanded when he travels to taiwan to train for International Mathematics Olympiad. Already nominated for four British Independent Film Awards (Best Actor for Butterfield, Best Supporting Actress for Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Rafe Spall, and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for Matthews), X + Y shows a lot of promise, with a unique and heart warming story told by an extremely talented group of actors. Check out the trailer below. Released: 13th March 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
If three’s a trend, fact-based dramas about British geniuses are the next big thing. This month we have The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, and next spring brings X+Y, based on the 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds. Asa Butterfield stars as a young prodigy who’s terrible with people but great with numbers. His […]
The post ‘X+Y’ Trailer: Asa Butterfield Is a Math Prodigy appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
"Did you know you can win medals for maths?" Yes, over in the United Kingdom, the subject is called "maths," and that's exactly what Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) does to help him connect to a world he doesn't quite understand as a high-functioning autistic boy in the drama X+Y. Though it does have some hints of cheesiness and melodrama, there's a great supporting cast here that includes Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan, seemingly elevating this to a genuinely inspirational story. It looks charming and and uplifting, and we hope it gets a release here in the United States next year. Watch below! Here's the new UK trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y from The Telegraph (via The Playlist): Watch the first trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y from the Tiff premiere right here. X+Y is directed by Morgan Matthews, a TV and documentary filmmaker of past, »
- Ethan Anderton
Asa Butterfield’s character doesn’t say much in this new trailer for X+Y, but he still manages to get you to root for him. Butterfield leads Morgan Matthews’ fiction feature directorial debut as Nathan, a math prodigy who’s diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. It isn’t until Nathan scores a spot on Great Britain’s team at the International Mathematics Olympiad where his abilities are celebrated that he comes to realize that he isn’t as weird as he once thought. This one didn’t get all that much attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, but anything I did read about it noted the film’s feel-good, rousing nature and those qualities are certainly present in this promo. Hit the jump to check out the new X+Y trailer. Unfortunately the film doesn’t have a Us release date just yet, but folks in »
- Perri Nemiroff
A movie about math sounds about as much fun as doing math, but don't walk away from "X+Y" too quickly. An unexpected crowdpleaser at Tiff in September, the film is one we called "impossibly charming" in our review, and "a teary-eyed emotional rollercoaster full of life’s stirring profundities." Really. So you might want to get out your calculator and punch the numbers on this one. Starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, the fictional feature debut by Morgan Matthews follows a borderline autistic young man who finds a new way to relate to the world through equations. And when an attentive math teacher starts taking notice, the young man's world is opened up to new possibilities, romance, and a trip to Taipei for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Again, this is nestled its way into our dark, cynical hearts, so it may work for you too. Check out the new U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale 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
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.
- Eric Lavallee
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
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
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 »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
• 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
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 »
"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
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
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
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 West, George 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
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 Warchus’ Pride 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
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
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
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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