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British actor Ian Hart has joined the cast of romantic comedy “Modern Life is Rubbish,” currently in production in London.
The Exchange is handling worldwide sales on the movie and introduced it to buyers at the American Film Market. The movie is financed by Piccadilly Pictures, Lipsync, Masnomis and the BFI Film Fund.
The cast includes Freya Mavor, Josh Whitehouse, Jessie Cave, Matt Milne and Will Merrick. “Modern Life is Rubbish” is produced by Dominic Norris of Serotonin Films and directed by Daniel Gill from Philip Gawthorne’s script.
Whitehouse plays a struggling musician who cannot let go of his vinyl collection and refuses to adapt to the world of smartphones and instant downloads. Mavor’s character has let go of her dream of designing album covers and has become a rising star at her advertising firm. As they make the difficult decision to separate, they start by splitting their prized music library. »
- Dave McNary
The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey premieres on PBS Masterpiece!, Sunday, January 3, 2016. The complete season six DVD and Blu-Ray sets, including the Downton Abbey series finale, are available for pre-order at Amazon.com. The new cover art, featuring Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, graces the top of this article. As pointed out by the observant folks at TV Shows on DVD, it "seems to be for an 'o-ring' slipcover, which will go over the plastic disc case."
In addition to Dockery, Downton Abbey cast members include: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nutgall, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, Penelope Wilton, and the incomparable Maggie Smith. Read More… »
Written and directed by newcomer Scott Feast, Process is – unlike the other shorts shown at the Grimmfest Northern Showcase – not your usual horror story. In fact, beyond dealing with the horror of living with dementia, this is an art-house style sci-fi fantasy sees an ageing off-world traveler, suffering from dementia, brought home to earth by his young companion as she attempts to inspire in him a moment of recollection.
Inherently different from all the films showing at Grimmfest, Process is a touching look at the effects alzheimers can have on a family – in this case a father and daughter who seemingly are travelling through space together on an interstellar “science expedition”, exploring barren planets and laying new plants in the hope of finding life. It’s a real dystopian look at the future of the »
- Phil Wheat
For many actors, Downton Abbey was their first big break in television.
But not everyone can be a Lord Grantham or a Carson. For many - whether they chose to leave or were written out - their fortunes changed after exiting the ITV drama.
1. Ed Speleers
We most recently saw him in the part of Edward Seymour in Wolf Hall, and he will also star in upcoming films Remainder and Howl. Most prominently, he's been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
2. Amy Nuttall »
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
SAG-aftra presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2014 at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Birdman.
Honored with individual awards were Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons for performances in motion pictures and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Spacey for performances in television.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles.
- Michelle McCue
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
7 items from 2015
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