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Cohen Media Group is releasing a new 4K restoration of the Merchant Ivory classic “Howards End.” Set in Edwardian England, the film follows three social classes represented by three different families who are all vying for the ownership of a house, Howards End, essentially a metaphor for the future of England and its class relations. Based on the novel by E.M. Forester, “Howards End” starred Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Julia”), Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility”), Helena Bonham Carter (“Fight Club”), Samuel West (“Carrington”), and more. Watch a trailer for the restoration below.
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For decades, the name “Merchant Ivory” meant high-minded quality entertainment. Founded in 1961 by producer Ismael Merchant and director James Ivory, the production company initially focused on making “English-language films in India aimed at the international market,” often adapted from novels or short stories. »
- Vikram Murthi
The Merchant-Ivory collaboration ran across dozens of movies and became synonymous with a specific kind of filmmaking - high-brow, lavishly produced dramas often based on famed British literary works. Aside from perhaps "The Remains of the Day," they remain best known for their three film adaptations of the works of famed English author E.M. Forster.
Of those three the most famous, and indeed the film some would say is Merchant-Ivory's best, would be "Howards End". Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma Thompson starred in the film about two couples amid the changing times of Edwardian England.
Now, the cinematic classic which won three Oscars and was nominated for nine, is coming back to theaters »
- Garth Franklin
Rabinowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1916, and moved to England in 1946 to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He served as head of music at BBC TV Light Entertainment in the 1960s, and as head of music services at London Weekend Television in the 1970s. In 1977 he was awarded a national honor, the MBE.
He composed scores for many TV shows including “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination in 1984.
Rabinowitz worked as a conductor on several films with British director Anthony Minghella, including “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” He also worked on many Merchant Ivory pictures, including James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and “Howards End. »
- Leo Barraclough
The man, the myth, the legend – help us welcome Sir Anthony Hopkins to the #transformers universe. pic.twitter.com/PfkTuWZHD9
— #Transformers (@transformers) June 3, 2016
At the moment, few details are known about the fifth entry in the live-action Transformers film series and exactly who Hopkins will be playing, but reports say that the actor has signed on for an on-screen part, and he will not be voicing one of the film’s many alien robots.
Although best known for his work as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon, the actor also has appeared and been praised for his performances in such films as The Elephant Man, The Remains of the Day, Nixon and Amistad.
Additionally, Hopkins »
- Justin Cook
Sir Anthony Hopkins has been cast in “Transformers: The Last Knight.” “The man, the myth, the legend – help us welcome Sir Anthony Hopkins to the #transformers universe,” the filmmakers tweeted from the “Transformers” Twitter account. Hopkins won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the brilliant serial killer Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs.” He was also nominated for his roles in “Nixon,” “Amistad,” and “The Remains of the Day.” Also Read: 'Transformers: The Last Knight' to Bring Back Josh Duhamel Recently, Hopkins entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing Thor’s father Odin in both “Thor” standalone films. »
- Joe Otterson
Schepisi said he was thrilled to have another chance to collaborate with Owen.
.Particularly on a project this intriguing," he said. "He is perfect for the role...
The screenplay has been adapted by Cameron and Bialkower. Production is scheduled for next spring in Europe with post production to follow in Australia..
Andorra is a romantic thriller set against a dreamscape where nothing is as it appears..
Owen will star as Alexander Fox, a bookseller who leaves »
- Staff Writer
Going in to Cannes, no sales agent or studio distribution structure has yet been announced for the picture which is scheduled to shoot next spring in Europe, with post production to follow in Australia.
Producers are Bialkower for Jump Street Films and Lizzette Atkins for Unicorn Films. Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner James Ivory (“The Remains of the Day”, “Howards End”) is the executive producer.
The story follows an American who settles in the tiny country of Andorra, meets an Australian couple and »
- Patrick Frater
George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” came into the Oscars a favorite to dominate in the categories of best costume design, production design and makeup/hairstyling, particularly after scooping the trio at the British Academy awards two weeks ago. The dystopian epic made good on the promise by nabbing all three in a row Sunday. The film’s Margaret Sixel also won for best film editing.
“What another lovely day,” costume designer Jenny Beavan said, intoning one of the film’s quotable lines. She took a moment toward the end of her speech to speak to the socio-political undertones of the film. “It could be horribly pathetic [like the world of ‘Mad Max’] if we’re not kinder to each other and we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere.”
“Fury Road” was an intriguing departure for Beavan, who previously won for 1986’s “A Room with a View” and has made her name on similar costume dramas, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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