12 items from 2014
Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014 will be launched as part of parent company Mbi’s new Creative Week.
Creative Week brings together Mbi’s key publications Screen, Broadcast and shots to offer five days of high-level events June covering the film business, TV world and advertising community.
Creative Week (June 2-6) comprises The Media Summit, the Broadcast International TV Forum, HD Evolved and The VFX Summit, as well as a number of breakfast events, roundtable seminars, film screenings, drinks parties and a gala reception.
Creative Week delegates will have the opportunity to attend the Stars of Tomorrow launch on the evening of June 5.
The Stars of Tomorrow will be unveiled on ScreenDaily on the morning of June 5. This annual feature spotlights up-and-coming actors and filmmakers that will be making waves in the years to come.
Earlier today, I spoke with Luke Evans about the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, arriving on April 8. We also talked about his upcoming Dracula Untold, where he stars as the title character in this horror origin story that blends the true history of Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler) with Bram Stoker's fictional and iconic vampire. With the film arriving in theaters this fall, I asked when we might see the first trailer for director Gary Shore's film, which he revealed we'll see attached to prints of Godzilla, opening in theaters May 16.
"You're going to see the first trailer on the back of Godzilla. I maybe should not have told you that, I don't know. I think that's the plan. Don't hold me to that, but I think that's the plan."
Of course, things may change between now and then, »
A boy born on the coldest day on earth survives only by the grace of a magical ticker in “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” a steampunk-rock musical reverse-engineered from an album by French band Dionysos and the popular tie-in book written by its frontman, Mathias Malzieu. Co-directed by Malzieu and musicvideo helmer Stephane Berla, this charming, yet oddly miscalibrated computer-animated fairy tale combines gothic, Tim Burton-esque elements with a younger-skewing porcelain-doll look, confusing auds as to who’s being targeted exactly. The answer: no one in particular, as Malzieu seems to be making this idiosyncratic, overly precious film mostly for himself.
After saving infant Jack’s life by installing a mechanical apparatus where his frozen heart had been, a well-meaning witch makes clear that he must closely follow three rules or risk irreparably damaging the high-maintenance thingamabob that’s keeping him alive. First, Jack should never touch the hands of his heart. »
- Peter Debruge
Susan Boyle has signed up to star in a new TV drama.
The Britain's Got Talent star is to play a singing lighthouse keeper in the project, reports The Sun.
Boyle's agent told the publication: "She's very excited."
The drama has been given the working title Diva and focuses on a girl from the Channel Islands who dreams of stardom.
Both ITV and America's ABC are said to have expressed an interest in the John Stephenson-directed show, which filmed a pilot episode in Edinburgh last month.
Stephenson also helmed Boyle's movie debut The Christmas Candle last year.
The singer appeared as church warden's wife Eleanor Hopewell in the film, which also starred Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks.
Boyle said last year that Meryl Streep had been approached to play her in a planned biopic about the 52-year-old. »
The annual Ee British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, were held at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday (February 16).
Lily Allen arrived in a clashing orange and pink Vivienne Westwood gown teamed with a bizarre bright pink headpiece, while Michelle Rodriguez donned an unusual leather panel Emilio De La Morena dress.
London — The BAFTA film awards ceremony is unspooling at London’s Royal Opera House. Variety is bringing you the winners as they are announced. Refresh this page for the latest results.
The leading actor award went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave.” He paid tribute to Steve McQueen, and said that the award really belonged to the helmer. “It’s yours. I’m going to keep it, but it is yours,” he said.
- Leo Barraclough
Are you excited? This Sunday sees the BAFTAs head our way, which is – quite frankly – the best awards ceremony out there and to prove it – even in this crazy British weather – we’ve got confirmation of all the biggest stars attending this Sunday 16th February, 2014.
Let’s get straight to it because there’s some massive names here that include nominees, presenters and other attendees of the prestigious event at the Royal Opera House, London. They are, in handy alphabetical order:
Alfonso Cuarón, Amy Adams, Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale, Daniel Brühl, David O. Russell, Emma Thompson, Dame Judi Dench, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Scorsese, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Greengrass, Ron Howard, Sally Hawkins, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Steve McQueen and Tom Hanks.
Hanks! Bale! Damon! Fassbender! Bullock! DiCaprio!! It’s safe to say that this year is »
- Dan Bullock
The ceremony - hosted by Stephen Fry from London's Royal Opera House - will take place on Sunday night (February 16).
The nominees confirmed to attend are as follows: Alfonso Cuarón, Amy Adams, Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale, Daniel Brühl, David O. Russell, Emma Thompson, Dame Judi Dench, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Scorsese, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Greengrass, Ron Howard, Sally Hawkins, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Steve McQueen and Tom Hanks.
Dame Helen Mirren, recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship, will also be in attendance.
Pic is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. It features an ensemble cast that includes Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Terence Stamp (“The Adjustment Bureau”).
Pic centers on Yuri (Irons), an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Stamp) and father Yaroslav (Pepper), and to win the heart of Natalka (Barks). He finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army, and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.
Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay alongside Richard Bachynsky Hoover, from Hoover’s original story. »
- Leo Barraclough
Principal photography wrapped on director George Mendeluk’s epic romance in Kiev on January 30th.
Shot on location in Ukraine and London, The Devil’S Harvest is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. Yuri (Max Irons) is an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Terence Stamp), father Yaroslav (Barry Pepper) and the heart of Natalka (Samantha Barks.) Yuri finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.
- Michelle McCue
Check out some first-look images from the following films: The Devil's Harvest - Director George Mendeluk's epic romance set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine stars Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Barry Pepper and Samantha Barks. Eisenstein in Guanajuato - Writer-director Peter Greenaway's tale of Soviet Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's experiences in Guanajuato, Mexico stars Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Stelio Savante, and Lisa Owen. Hit the jump to check out the images and for more on each picture. First up are the new first-look images from Greenaway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato: Directed by Greenaway ('The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover', 'The Draughtsman’s Contract', 'The Pillow Book'), the Eisenstein cast includes Finnish actor Elmer Back in the title role, Mexican actor Luis Alberti in the role of his guide (Palomino Cañedo), South African actor Stelio Savante as Hunter S Kimbrough and »
- Dave Trumbore
Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...
Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.
So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.
Must-listen track: Don't Let Go
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12 items from 2014
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