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In a Nutshell: Guardians Of The Galaxy

11 August 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Before production began on the penultimate instalment of Phase Two, Gotg seemed like a risky venture for Marvel, asking audiences to invest in a rag-tag bunch of reluctant heroes unfamiliar to all but the faithful. Chris Pratt was hardly a household name, Vin Diesel had been cast as a talking tree, and arguably the film's biggest name, Bradley Cooper, was to lend his vocals to the part of a gun-toting raccoon. To make matters more interesting, Gotg had been handed to writer/director James Gunn, the creative genius behind Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Risky, yes. Smart? You better believe it. Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill (sorry, Star-Lord) finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering a mysterious orb that attracts the attention of a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Kree terrorist Ronan The Accuser (Pace) wants the orb so he can »

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Creative England doubles production pot to £1m

23 June 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.

Creative England is to double its Lottery-based production dund from £500,000 to £1million ($850,000 to $1.7m) for 2014/2015.

Individual awards are increasing to a maximum of £200,000 ($340,000) per project and will now include feature films with budgets of up to £2m ($3.4m), opening up the fund to more upcoming and established filmmakers.

The organisation will continue to prioritise projects that have strong regional elements both in front of and behind the camera and is also planning to offer support on pre-sales and UK Tax Credits for certain awarded productions through the Regional Growth Fund.

Since October 2012 the Fund has invested £650,000 ($1.1m) in projects such as Norfolk-based Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, his second feature after the sleeper-hit Weekend; and Bristol-based Esther May Campbell’s Light Years, her feature debut to her BAFTA award-winning short, September.

Other projects to benefit from that investment include Rob Cannan’s second documentary feature The Lovers and the »

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

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The Essential Kylie Minogue: Ranking Her Top Ten Tracks

28 May 2014 11:03 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Kylie Minogue has been a star since her teen years on Australia’s Neighbours, but when she branched out into pop music, who knew that she would become a worldwide best-selling superstar?

Today is her 46th birthday, so let’s celebrate one of our greatest allies and icons by ranking her greatest songs. Do you prefer late 80′s “Wouldn’t Change A Thing” Kylie, or “Timebomb” Kylie? Or something in between?

Here’s a good way to start your Essential Kylie Collection.

10. It’S No Secret

Year: 1988

Album: Kylie

Chart Peak: #37

Kylie’s fab debut yielded three top forty singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and while I don’t think “Locomotion” has aged well, the other two are still fresh and fun. “It’s No Secret” is a sweet ballad about a cheating bastard.

9. Love At First Sight

Year: 2002

Album: Fever

Chart Peak: #23

Delirious “Fever” dream, it pulsates and shimmers with giddy delight. »

- snicks

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Main Competition, Un Certain Regard & Special Screenings

16 April 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.

Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #166. Christoph Hochhausler’s Lichtjahre

6 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Light Years (Lichtjahre)

Director: Christoph Hochhausler

Writer: Christoph Hochhausler

Producer: Heimatfilm

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Florian David Fitz, Horst Kotterba, Lilith Stanenberg

A member of what’s referred to as the Berlin School of filmmakers, Hochhausler’s last project was part of the Beats Being Dead triptych, a trilogy of films each helmed by a different director (Christian Petzold and Dominik Graf were the other two). This is his fourth feature film, and though he hasn’t produced the same amount of output as several of his contemporaries, we’re curious about what this political thriller will look like.

Gist: Fabian Groys is a renowned journalist of a political news magazine. Together with Nadja, an allocated intern (Lilith Stangenberg), he researched an explosive story about the dubious disability policy of the Bundeswehr. When she breaks away from him because his informant dies, Groys’ attention turns toward a toxic waste scandal. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Elizabeth Jane Howard obituary

3 January 2014 2:07 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Novelist known for The Cazalet Chronicle which was adapted into a popular BBC television series

For much of a career spanning more than 60 years, the writer Elizabeth Jane Howard, who has died aged 90, suffered a certain condescension from literary editors as a writer of "women's novels". But it did not deter her. She herself described her readers as "women and educated men", and expressed "puzzlement" when Margaret Drabble left her out of her 1985 edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature.

Jane (as she was always called) achieved a triumph in her 70s with The Cazalet Chronicle, a highly praised tetralogy of novels set in the England of 1937-47. The first two books, The Light Years (1990) and Marking Time (1991), became an acclaimed BBC TV series, The Cazalets, in 2001; though the BBC then cancelled a planned second series of the last two books, Confusion (1993) and Casting Off (1995). Jane bore both triumph »

- Janet Watts

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