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First Trailer For Irish Romantic Drama The Secret Scripture Bows

15 November 2016 9:33 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rooney Mara has all but parted ways with the role of Lisbeth Salander, which is unfortunate considering The Girl in the Spider’s Web is finally beginning to spark into life, but the actress has still enjoyed a really rather stellar 2016. Following the acclaimed one-two punch of Una and Lion at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Mara has also lined up The Secret Scripture, a touching Irish romance in which she plays Roseanne McNulty.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), The Secret Scripture is actually based on Sebastian Barry’s novel of the same name, and takes the Titanic approach by first introducing viewers to an older version of Roseanne – played here by the great Vanessa Redgrave – who reflects on her remarkable story of love, loss and tragedy in the Irish county of Roscommon.

Also starring Jack Reynor, Theo James, »

- Michael Briers

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‘The Secret Scripture’ Trailer: Rooney Mara Checks Into a Mental Hospital in Jim Sheridan’s Drama

15 November 2016 6:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While it didn’t make quite the splash as her other films like “Una” and “Lion” on this year’s festival circuit, Rooney Mara had a third drama in rotation with Tiff world premiere “The Secret Scripture.” The drama, based on the 2008 novel by Sebastian Barry, comes from Jim Sheridan, who has six Oscar nominations to his name thanks to the likes of  “My Left Foot,” “In The Name Of The Father” and “In America.” Like those films, “Scripture” finds its characters wrestling with their identities while facing some form of persecution.

Read More: Review: Rooney Mara Is Singularly Great In The Gripping ‘Una

The story centers around Roseanne McNulty, played by Venessa Redgrave as an elderly woman who has spent 50 years of her life in an Irish mental institution. She begins a dialogue with Dr. William Grene (Eric Bana) that takes the viewer into Roseanne’s past. As a »

- Zack Sharf

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Rooney Mara Finds Love and Loss in Ireland in First Trailer for ‘The Secret Scripture’

15 November 2016 5:29 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Bringing three films to Tiff this year, alongside Una and Lion, Rooney Mara also premiered The Secret Scripture. Directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), the story follows Vanessa Redgrave as an older version of Mara’s character, reflecting on her traumatic life in Ireland through writing a diary. Although U.S. distribution hasn’t been picked up yet, the first trailer has now arrived for the film also starring Jack Reynor, Theo James, Aidan Turner, and Eric Bana.

We said in our review, “The result falls flat and all too conventional for the talent involved. The problem lies more in Sheridan’s direction than in Mara’s acting, which is to say that she does deliver another good performance here, but everything else does her talent a major disservice. Redgrave is also a stand-out, but the film feels like an Irish soap opera »

- Jordan Raup

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Rooney Mara Gets Institutionalized In First Trailer For Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Secret Scripture’

14 November 2016 8:12 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sometimes, all the talent in the world can’t make a picture work, and while “The Secret Scripture” had a great ensemble, and an acclaimed director, it failed to make much of a ripple when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall. Indeed, the movie is still without a U.S. distributor, but the first trailer has landed nonetheless, providing a taste of what audiences can expect.

Based on the novel by Sebastian Barry, directed by Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot,” “In America“), and starring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, Theo James, and Eric Bana, the film finds an elderly woman, committed to a mental hospital, reflecting on her life during the turbulent times of the 1930s and 1940s.

Continue reading Rooney Mara Gets Institutionalized In First Trailer For Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Secret Scripture’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will ‘Fences’ Land Denzel Washington His Third Acting Oscar?

8 November 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The elite circle of thespians who have earned three Oscars for their craft is quite small — but it could potentially expand come February 2017. Now that critics have finally gotten to see Fences, Denzel Washington has shot to the top of the list for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Throughout history there have only been three men to garner three Oscars with some combination of wins in the best actor and best supporting actor categories. And, at this point in the Oscar race, our very own Scott Feinberg calls the 61-year-old a frontrunner for best actor — putting him in a history-making position as he’d only be the fourth person to accomplish this feat.

The first person to win three statues for acting was Walter Brennan who managed to win three of the first five times the best supporting actor category was in existence. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Tom Cruise: A 30-Year Appreciation of the Hollywood Top Gun

25 October 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

More so than ever it seems, we've become increasingly obsessed with acknowledging the anniversaries of beloved movies, TV shows and music. Not that there's anything wrong with celebrating our pop culture past, mind you. In fact, for someone as nostalgic as myself, I completely embrace it. Which brings me to a little milestone of my own. This one, though, doesn't simply focus on a particular piece of celluloid, but instead, revolves around a certain actor whose work has been an enduring presence throughout my movie-going life.

For the last 30 years, not only have I sat and watched every single Tom Cruise film that has come out since 1986, I have done so in an actual, honest-to-goodness movie theater. That's a total of 33 silver screen experiences (34 if you count his Austin Powers in Goldmember cameo), including the latest, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Yeah, you might say I'm a fan.

However, prior to the start of this streak -- and »

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Ireland's Ardmore Studios hits the market

18 October 2016 8:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ireland’s largest and leading studio, which housed Oscar winner Braveheart, is now up for sale.

Ardmore Studios, Ireland’s best-known film and TV studio, is being placed on the market, the facility’s board of directors announced today.

The Studios has housed Irish and international features including Braveheart, My Left Foot and Excalibur. In more recent years, it has housed TV shows such as Penny Dreadful,The Tudors, and Moone Boy.

Productions currently on site include Mel Gibson feauture The Professor and the Madman and TV drama Into the Badlands.

In 2016, Ardmore Studios expanded its studio footprint and opened The Film Factory, a 47,000 sq. ft. studios in Bray.

Ossie Kilkenny and Paul McGuinness, both former U2 managers, are the majority shareholders in Ardmore and have owned the Studios for almost 30 years. Ibi Corporate Finance is acting on behalf of Ardmore in the sale process.

Established in 1958 and located on 18 acres in Bray, County Wicklow »

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Ireland’s Ardmore Studios, Home To ‘Braveheart’ & ‘Penny Dreadful’, Up For Sale

18 October 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ireland's renowned Ardmore Studios, which has housed projects including Braveheart, My Left Foot and more recently Showtime's The Tudors and Penny Dreadful, is up for sale. The hub, which is situated on 18 acres in Bray, County Wicklow, provides production, postproduction and support services for full-length features and TV productions across facilities spanning 170,000 square feet and comprises seven sound stages ranging from 3,000-23,000 square feet. Current productions… »

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Ireland’s Ardmore Studios, Home To ‘Braveheart’ & ‘Penny Dreadful’, Up For Sale

18 October 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ireland's renowned Ardmore Studios, which has housed projects including Braveheart, My Left Foot and more recently Showtime's The Tudors and Penny Dreadful, is up for sale. The hub, which is situated on 18 acres in Bray, County Wicklow, provides production, postproduction and support services for full-length features and TV productions across facilities spanning 170,000 square feet and comprises seven sound stages ranging from 3,000-23,000 square feet. Current productions… »

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Ireland’s Biggest Studio, Ardmore, Is Put Up for Sale

18 October 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ireland’s Ardmore Studios, where such Oscar-winning movies as “Braveheart” and “My Left Foot” were shot, has been put up for sale, it was announced Tuesday.

The 18-acre site in Bray, County Wicklow, is the largest studio facility in Ireland, offering seven sound stages, and is the only media hub in the country able to provide full-service production, post-production and support services for feature film and television productions. The facility houses 170,000 square feet of production studios and support facilities, as well as 2.6 hectares of backlot space.

Majority shareholders Ossie Kilkenny and Paul McGuinness, who have owned Ardmore for nearly 30 years, and original shareholder Enterprise Ireland have agreed the time is right to sell the studios, which have seen more than €2 million ($2.2 million) of investment in recent years to provide enhanced and upgraded facilities. This in turn has led to a growth in profitability,with Ardmore operating at an average annual »

- Robert Mitchell

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[Tiff Review] The Secret Scripture

11 September 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Writer-director Jim Sheridan has built a career off the plight of the Irish working class, with his best films (My Left FootIn the Name of the Father, and The Boxer) all starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Lately, without Day-Lewis, Sheridan has been stuck in a rut of average American films (Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Brothers, Dream House) and yet I still had somewhat decent expectations for his newest work, The Secret Scripture. It does, after all, star one of the very best actresses working these days, Rooney Mara. As evidenced in Carol, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Her, The Social Network, and more, she can detail a world of emotions with just a glance at her piercing green eyes.

The Secret Scripture has Mara playing young Roseanne McNulty, a free-spirited Irish woman whose beauty lures every man in her small town, even Father Gaunt (as played by Theo James), who »

- The Film Stage

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The Secret Scripture review – Vanessa Redgrave remembers when she was Rooney Mara in forgettable soap

10 September 2016 9:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mara doesn’t quite convince as a woman trapped by her sexuality while Redgrave struggles in a long-term psychiatric unit in Jim Sheridan’s disappointing adaptation of the Sebastian Barry book

The career of Jim Sheridan is something of an oddity. In Ireland, his work has been universally lauded, from Oscar-winning debut My Left Foot to powerful Ira drama In the Name of the Father. He then dipped his toe into the Us with immigration tale In America, a film that still retained a strong Irish narrative, and also led to more awards glory.

But since then, he’s shaken off his homeland and the results have gone from underwhelming to disastrous. There was the vapid 50 Cent vehicle Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the entirely unnecessary remake of Susanne Bier’s Brothers and the staggeringly bad Daniel Craig thriller Dream House. It’s perhaps understandable that he’s eager to »

- Benjamin Lee

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson Reunite for 1950s Drama

8 September 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures handling international distribution. Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is producing the movie, with Mr. Anderson and JoAnne Sellar producing through his Ghoulardi Film Company. The film will begin production in January for release in 2017.

Continuing a creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Daniel Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, and the film nominations for Best Picture, Directing, and Screenplay, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive and surging milieu of the 20th century through the new movie - the couture world of 1950s London.

Mr. Day-Lewis has also won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performances in Lincoln and My Left Foot, while Mr. Anderson has also received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays of Inherent Vice, »

- MovieWeb

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Focus Features Buys Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama, Eyes Late 2017 Release

8 September 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Earlier this year, rumors began swirling that Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis were eyeing their first collaboration since 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” and now the project is official as Focus Features has won a tense bidding war for worldwide distribution rights. Deadline reports the company was in battle with Fox Searchlight for rights to the drama, which Anderson is looking to make on a $35 million budget. The picture, which is set in the 1950s London fashion scene, will go into production early next year. Focus is targeting a late 2017 release date.

Read More: Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis May Reunite for A New Movie

The untitled project will bring Daniel Day-Lewis back to the big screen for the first time since “Lincoln” in 2012. He won the Best Actor Oscar for the role, his third after “My Left Foot” and “Blood.” Further plot details are being kept under wraps for now, »

- Zack Sharf

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Focus Acquires Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ New Film For 2017 Release

8 September 2016 6:57 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It was earlier this summer when we got the most tantalizing film news of the year thus far: Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are planning a second collaboration, one set in the 1950s fashion industry. At that time, we weren’t sure when exactly we might be able to see it — just that Anderson was “meeting young actresses of Eastern European descent to cast supporting roles” — but now we finally have word, and it’s thankfully sooner than expected.

According to Deadline, Focus Features beat out Fox Searchlight for the worldwide rights for the project and they’ll also finance the $35 million budget, with producing help once again from Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and JoAnne Sellar at Ghoulardi Film Company. The enticing news is that production will begin early next year and we’ll see it arrive by late 2017. The trade reports the drama is actually set in London, »

- Jordan Raup

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Maudie’

2 September 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like many a North American folk artist, Maud Lewis’ oeuvre — which consists of countless paintings of fuzzy cats, crude-looking flowers, and flat country landscapes — could easily be dismissed as being no better than the work of a child. The difference is that most children don’t have to contend with rheumatoid arthritis, which left Lewis partly crippled from an early age, and required her to work far harder than other untrained artists to bring beauty and color to her grim existence.

Though such characters offer obvious appeal to actors, “Maudie” isn’t nearly as preoccupied with its subject’s physical impairment as, say, a movie like “My Left Foot” or “Frida.” If anything, director Aisling Walsh downplays Lewis’ arthritis to such a degree that she seems almost able-bodied at times. What interests Walsh and screenwriter Sherry White isn’t Lewis’ disability, but the other obstacles that stood between her and »

- Peter Debruge

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[Locarno Review] Scarred Hearts

10 August 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Beginning in 1937 — the opening credits take us through a series of period photos and alert us to expect something with a potentially greater scope than simply the biopic of one man — Scarred Hearts is still inspired by the life of one figure: writer and intellectual Max Blecher, in the case of this film reconfigured as Emanuel (Lucius Rus), suffering from bone tuberculosis and put in a hospital on the edge of the Black Sea. A 20-year-old man with his life ahead of him, there’s the belief within him that this is all to pass, though, as history will attest, that’s unfortunately not true.

Like another two-and-a-half-hour Romanian dry comedy about the medical process, Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Scarred Hearts plays up the control doctors hold over us in a critical state for maximum absurdity, of course the joke of antiquated health care emphasized in director Radu Jude’s case. »

- Ethan Vestby

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Examining Disabilities In Film

1 August 2016 4:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Does a compelling performance necessarily mean the film portrayed the disability in the correct light? Furthermore, is Hollywood’s constant casting of able-bodied actors in disabled roles hurting the inclusion of disabilities in society? We look at 5 memorable films that feature a disabled character and how they are portrayed by their actors.

The Theory of Everything – (2014)

One of the more recent films is “The Theory of Everything”, for which Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his intimate portrayal of Stephen Hawking’s life, beyond his contribution to theoretical physics. The film depicts the relationship between Hawking and Jane, now his ex-wife, and how the couple’s bond relationship helped him face a debilitating Als.

Eddie Redmayne immersed himself in the role and spent four months studying Hawking’s life to prepare. To accurately mirror Hawking’s speech and movement, he walked with a choreographer and created a portrayal of how the disease advances, »

- The Hollywood News

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Why Daniel Radcliffe Deserves an Oscar For ‘Swiss Army Man’

1 July 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 26, Daniel Radcliffe has fans to last him a lifetime, but now is the time to recognize him as one of the great actors working today. Chosen from droves of adorable English schoolchildren, Radcliffe was plucked from obscurity to play “The Boy Who Lives” in a fleet of “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Shouldering the weight of global fame and intense fandom, he made the treacherous crossing from child star to respected thespian by challenging himself with naked and vulnerable Broadway turn in “Equus,” a dark comedy TV series “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and the role of a young Allen Ginsburg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings.” In comedies  “Trainwreck” and “Victor Frankenstein” as well as the horrific “The Woman in Black” and “Horns,” we’ve witnessed Radcliffe’s emergence as a dynamic and daring young actor who is bankable if not a guaranteed marquee draw.

With his latest, “Swiss Army Man, »

- Kristy Puchko

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Me Before You – Review

3 June 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones’s mother of dragons, and handsome Sam Claflin make an attractive couple and share a few cute moments but it is not enough to save Me Before You, a three-hankie tragi-romance in the spirit of films like “The Fault in Our Stars,” based in Jojo Moyes’ bestseller novel. Clarke and Claflin play young adults and neither is dying of cancer, but an accident has put Will Traynor (Claflin) in a wheelchair and a deep depression, which his wealthy parents hope to lighten by hiring Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke), a bubbling young woman with crazy taste in clothes, as a companion.

Me Before You has parallels to romances like “The Fault in Our Stars” but it also shares elements with “My Left Foot,” “The Intouchables,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” maybe even a little “Pretty Woman.” On one level, it is the classic mismatched romance. »

- Cate Marquis

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