Lucy Mulloy’s Una Noche: Javier Nuñez Florián, Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre World and national politics played an important role at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012, both on screen and off. Kim Nguyen’s War Witch, about a kidnapped African girl who is forced to become a child soldier, was chosen as the Best Narrative Feature at the festival, while Lucy Mulloy’s Una Noche, in which Cuban teenagers attempt to flee Havana for Miami, won awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography (Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder), and a shared award for Best Actor (Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florián). Additionally, War Witch’s leading lady, 14-year-old Rachel Mwanza, was Tribeca’s Best Actress. The Congo-born Mwanza had previously won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. [Full list of Tribeca 2012 winners.] Off screen, Una Noche caused a commotion after it was revealed that two of the film’s leads, »
- Andre Soares
Filmmaker Yoav Potash has earned 21 awards, including The Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism, for his documentary film “Crime After Crime.” The film comes out on DVD and various streaming video platforms on April 24.
“Crime After Crime” is a documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler from prison, beginning two decades after she was sentenced to life for murdering the man who had abused her.
Stories of individuals who have been wrongfully accused »
- Yoav Potash
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off for the eleventh time starting Wednesday when "The Five-Year Engagement" premieres, and festival organizers have just announced the star-studded jury for this year's edition.
Among those selected by Tribeca this year: Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore and Olivia Wilde. Also on the list: Brett Ratner. The controversial big-budget director will serve on the Documentary and Student Short Film Competition jury along with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley, among others.
“We are honored to have this accomplished group dedicate the time and care it takes to view and discuss the films in competition this year,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement.
- The Huffington Post
It’s a star-studded list that includes some interesting, and surprising, names, which is just what you’d expect from the Tribeca Film Festival. The juries have been announced, and you could hardly got a more varied mix.
Juries Announced For 2012 Tribeca Film Festival And Tribeca Film Institute Programs
Academy Award-Winning Producer/Director Irwin Winkler To Serve as Jury President
Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Whoopi Goldberg, Susannah Grant, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore, Mike Newell, Brett Ratner, Susan Sarandon, Olivia Wilde, and Shailene Woodley are among the Jurors
The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by founding partner American Express, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 39 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers, writers and producers, acclaimed actors, respected critics and global business leaders. Irwin Winkler has been named President of the Jury. The Jury will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, »
- Marc Eastman
Writing about Emma Thompson possibly reprising her role as human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce made me remember comments I've read about the 1993 Academy Awards. In early 1994, Thompson was nominated for two Oscars: as Best Actress for James Ivory's social/psychological drama The Remains of the Day (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Jim Sheridan's family melodrama / political & prison drama In the Name of the Father. That same year, Holly Hunter was another double nominee — the first (and to date only) time two performers have been in the running in two acting categories in the same year. Hunter was up for the Best Actress Oscar for Jane Campion's The Piano (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Sydney Pollack's The Firm. She eventually won for The Piano; she and Thompson lost in the Best Supporting Actress category to The Piano's Anna Paquin. Some have claimed »
- Andre Soares
Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson may once again play human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, according to Screen Daily. Nearly twenty years ago, Thompson played Peirce in Jim Sheridan's Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father (1993, right), in which she defended Daniel Day-Lewis and several others accused of being Ira terrorists. For her efforts — the accused are eventually released — Thompson earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod. Despite sharing several elements with Sheridan's movie, this new project is not called In the Name of the Father 2 (or In the Name of the Mother, for that matter). Described as a romantic thriller, The Secret Evidence tells the story of "a young British couple mistakenly caught up in the war on terror who turn to Thompson’s character to get one of them out of prison. However, in fighting for her boyfriend’s freedom, the film’s young female lead finds »
- Andre Soares
Ja from Mnpp here with a bit of happy news for those of us who bow down before the awesome thespian powers of Emma Thompson (and our knees hurt because we've been bowing for awhile hoping it will make her work more often, to not enough avail) - she's at work on several new projects (that Richard Lagravenese project Beautiful Creatures sounds interesting to me, but then I've been waiting 15 years for him to make something as good as Living Out Loud) and today it's been announced she's actually going to go back and play a character she already has before... and it's not Nanny McPhee! She was nominated for an Oscar for playing the human rights attorney Gareth Pierce in 1993's In the Name of the Father and she's going to play Pierce again, says Screen Daily.
"The Middle East- and London-set drama [called The Secret Evidence] follows a young British couple mistakenly »
Emma Thompson is set to return to the big screen as the lawyer who earned her an Oscar nomination in 1994.
The Brit scored a Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of attorney Gareth Peirce in In The Name of the Father, and now Screen Daily reports Thompson is slated to play the real-life character again in courtroom thriller The Secret Evidence.
In the film, Thompson's character aids a young British couple caught up in a terrorism drama.
Nicholas Racz, who was detained under house arrest for two years in conjunction with the U.K.'s war on terror, is attached to direct the project. »
It.s not exactly a sequel to In the Name of the Father, but Emma Thompson appears ready to reprise the role of attorney Gareth Peirce, who defended Daniel Day-Lewis. imprisoned character in Jim Sheridan.s Ira drama. Screen Daily says Thompson is attached to play Peirce in The Secret Evidence, a courtroom thriller that will be produced by J. Todd Harris (The Kids are All Right). The script finds Peirce approached by a young British couple for help after one of them ends up behind bars as part of England's fight against international terrorism. The report says that as the young girl fights for her boyfriend.s freedom, she finds herself under attack from her own country.s secret service agents. As of right now, Nicholas Racz (The Burial Society) is attached to direct the picture, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Fall 2012 so long as financing can »
Given that she scored an Oscar nomination and plenty of acclaim for playing crusading lawyer Gareth Peirce in Jim Sheridan’s excellent drama In The Name Of The Father, it’s not too surprising that Emma Thompson would consider doing it again. But though we’ve had to wait nearly 20 years for it to happen, Thompson is once again attached to appear as Peirce, this time for The Secret Evidence.The story will trot across the globe between London and the Middle East, focusing on a young British couple mistakenly swallowed up by the war on terror, who need Peirce’s help to get one of them out of prison. But their troubles don’t end there, as the young woman attempting to win her boyfriend’s freedom is targeted for harassment by the British Secret Service.Screen Daily reports that Nicholas Racz will direct the film and co-wrote the script with Cerie Bullivant. »
Twenty years later, Emma Thompson is reprising a role albeit in a quite different project. Thompson is attached to play a character based on renowned human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce in the upcoming thriller "The Secret Evidence" at 2B Pictures and South Creek Pictures reports Screen Daily.
The Middle East and London-set drama follows a young British couple mistakenly caught up in the war on terror who turn to Thompson’s character to get one of them out of prison. However, in fighting for her boyfriend’s freedom, the young woman finds herself and her family subject to attack from the UK Government’s secret service.
- Garth Franklin
Back in 1993, Emma Thompson was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis in Jim Sheridan’s “In the Name of the Father,” ultimately losing out (famously) to an 11-year-old Anna Paquin for “The Piano.” Nearly two decades later, Emma Thompson will once again portray the lawyer who famously turned down a Cbe, and has worked alongside clients ranging from the family of Jean Charles de Menezes to the Birmingham Six and Julian Assange. Thompson will revisit the character in the international thriller, “The Secret Evidence.”
The film will focus on a young British couple who are mistakenly caught up in the war on terror and turn to Peirce to help get them out of prison. But in the fight for their freedom, the characters find themselves and their families a target of the U.K. government’s secret service. Nicholas Racz »
- Joe Cunningham
It may seem to a lot of people that an Ultimate Edition is a bit premature for a film like The Town, especially considering that the Blu-Ray was pretty loaded already. See the review of the original Blu-Ray release here. This one adds quite a few new tricks though, and fans of the film will want to check this one out. Of course, there may be some gnashing of teeth involved considering they probably just bought the other release.
While the release includes special features from the previous issue (see full list below), it has some new additions along with the physical goodies. The main draw is obviously the alternate ending. Alternate endings are always a big question mark when it comes to real value in my book, but this one at least has additional commentary that goes with it, basically explaining the choice, and the reasoning behind the alternate »
- Marc Eastman
Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Oorlagh George, Terry George, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey Bridesmaids' Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Best Supporting Actress nominee Melissa McCarthy, Best Original Screenplay nominee Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Wendi McLendon-Covey pose with Best Live Action Short Film Oscar winners Oorlagh George and Terry George backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony on February 26. McCarthy lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to The Help's Octavia Spencer. Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris was the winner for Best Original Screenplay. The two Georges won the Oscar for The Shore. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Below is a partial transcript of the q&a with The Shore director Terry George and producer Oorlagh George, courtesy of AMPAS. Q. … Terry, I just want to ask you first in your acceptance speech, you said you wanted to dedicate this to the people of Northern Ireland. »
- Anna Robinson
There's been quite a bit of casting news swirling around the Warner Bros. adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures series. Today we have word that the lovely and talented Emmy Rossum (Shameless) is the latest addition to the cast.
Rossum joins Jack O'Connell (Eden Lake), Alice Englert (In Fear), Viola Davis (The Help) and Emma Thompson (In the Name of the Father) in the supernatural thriller based on the young adult novels. She'll star opposite Englert as rival witches and former friends who discover all sorts of dark and secret histories about the small Southern town they're from.
Richard Lagravenese (P.S. I Love You) will direct and adapt the story, which is set to go before cameras next month in New Orleans. Distributor Alcon has already established what appears to be an appropriate release date for the horror lite production - expect it to hit theaters on February 1st, »
- Masked Slasher
The 84th annual Academy Awards with host Billy Crystal are being held tonight and Speakeasy is live-blogging the show. We have reporters in the audience, in the press room and at the parties getting the latest on all the events of the night. Stars on hand for the show include George Clooney, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Penelope Ann Miller and Christopher Plummer. Top films in contention include “The Help, »
- WSJ Staff
With the 2012 Oscar ceremony taking place tonight, I’ve rounded up the 25 worst Academy Awards decisions of the past quarter century to feed filmgoers collective rage. Many of these are outright bad winners, but I’ve also reserved special spots in this countdown for blunders in production, nominations, and existing in the first place.
So take a deep breath, go watch I Saw the Devil to get in the right mood, and dig in.
25. Fifty-Nine Years of Rocky History
I did not want to imply that the Academy was all sunshine and roses before 1988; so a brief history of their ineptitude seems in order. In fact, history is a perfect lead in because, even though this is reason number twenty-five, it underlies the basic principle that caused this list to manifest. The Academy never learns from its mistakes. It never changes.
There is plenty of fodder here for several »
- Phil Aram
I am going to be posting my final Oscar predictions in all 24 categories tomorrow following the Costume Designer Guild awards later today, primarily because I want to see if they will be going with Hugo or The Artist in the period category. The Oscar winner, in my estimation, is going to be one of those two and I have Sandy Powell's work in Hugo on the top line right now, but a win for Mark Bridges and The Artist could make me change my mind. So, there is still a little work to be done. However, I don't see any problem exploring the live-action shorts since there isn't much to change my opinion here in the next five days and after just watching all five I have about as much information as I need at this point. After all, if there are any categories where it's a toss-up it's in the shorts categories. »
- Brad Brevet
Terry George is no stranger to the Troubles. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1952 and lived in the embattled region until he emigrated to New York in 1981, the same year as Irish prisoner Bobby Sands's deadly hunger strike. "It dominated my life growing up," says George about living amidst the conflict between Protestant unionists and Irish Catholic nationalists, which lasted from the 1960s until the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. "It was a pretty intense civil war, so your whole life was kind of built around that and determined by it." That includes much of his subsequent artistic life. George revisited the Troubles multiple times on film, as the screenwriter of "In the Name of the Father" (1993) and "The Boxer" (1997) and as the writer and director of "Some Mother's Son" (1996). His latest film, "The Shore," is his fourth as a director and his first short film. The 29-minute dra. »
Last week in New York, Irish writer-director Terry George and I met at the fabled Monkey Bar off Fifth Avenue to talk about his Oscar-nominated short, "The Shore." The Irish filmmaker, who was nominated for writing "In the Name of the Father" and "Hotel Rwanda" and directed Don Cheadle to an acting nomination in that film, is an old hand at posing for the annual nominees photo--"the trick is to stand by the statue," he advises. George and his producer, daughter Oorlagh, returned to County Down in Northern Ireland to shoot "The Shore," and brought in a strong Irish cast led by Ciaran Hinds ("Rome," "The Debt"). »
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