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Gritty and stylized are two words that don't need to describe ‘Little Women’

30 July 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As long as Hollywood exists, storytellers looking for a fresh twist will be combing the land in search of plot elements they can pluck out and shake vigorously until they compliantly fall into another genre. Homer did it. Shakespeare did it. Even the Bible did it. So it should come as no surprise to see Hollywood wants to adapt Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women.” Deadline got the details on what The CW has planned. “Little Women” is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined – all while trying not to kill each other in the process. At first blush, this seems like the natural evolution of parody mash-up craze that »

- Donna Dickens

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Emma Thompson: sexism in acting industry is worse than ever

20 July 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor says sexism and ‘forms of unpleasantness to women have become more entrenched and more prevalent’

The Oscar-winning actor Emma Thompson has spoken out about ageism and the lack of opportunities for women in the acting industry, saying “sexism and unpleasantness” was worse than ever.

The Sense and Sensibility and Nanny McPhee star said the world was in a “worse state than I have known it, particularly for women”.

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- John Plunkett

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Sundance Institute Sets Creative Film Producing Labs and Summit

15 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From July 27 to August 3 at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the Institute holds its Creative Film Producing Initiative including its latest series of Labs and a special Summit that brings together over 50 industry leaders. The focus is on nurturing the next generation of indie producers. Participants of the Feature Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – July 31) work under Creative Advisors including producers Lindsay Doran ("Sense and Sensibility"), Lynette Howell Taylor ("The Place Beyond the Pines"), Gina Kwon ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Paul Mezey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jay Van Hoy ("Beginners") and director Matthew Ross ("28 Hotel Rooms"). The Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab (July 27 – August 1) brings together documentarians under Creative Advisors include producers Julie Goldman ("Best of Enemies"), Bonni Cohen ("3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets"), Ryan Werner (of Cinetic »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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5 Facts About Alan Rickman and His Film ‘A Little Chaos’

1 July 2015 3:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Now in theaters, “A Little Chaos” marks Alan Rickman’s second film as director; he also stars in the movie as Louis Xiv. His “Sense and Sensibility” love interest Kate Winslet stars as Sabine de Barra, a widow who falls for a fellow landscaper while they’re working on the King’s garden. At a recent public screening of the film, Rickman revealed several fun facts about himself and the making of the film.

Harry Potter put a hold on his film directing career.

Rickman made his movie directorial debut with “The Winter Guest,” starring Emma Thompson. But that was in 1997; why has it taken him so long to get back behind the camera? “Harry Potter got in the way,” said Rickman. “When I said yes to doing that in, I think 2000, there were only three books and I didn’t know if I’d be in the fourth. You »

- Jenelle Riley

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DramaFever Obtains Streaming Rights To 18 BBC Titles

1 July 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

DramaFever is getting an infusion of classic British entertainment. The New York-based streaming platform, popular for its focus on international TV and movies, has closed a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America for the U.S. streaming rights to 18 BBC titles.

DramaFever added five BBC titles to its streaming platform on July 1, 2015, and will add the remaining 13 shows over the next few months. The online video service’s premium subscribers now have access to the first five titles: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (starring Eddie Redmayne), Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth), Upstairs, Downstairs (Keeley Hawes), Little Dorrit (Claire Foy), and Miss Austen Regrets (Olivia Williams).

Here’s a list of the remaining BBC titles DramaFever will start streaming in the upcoming months:

Sense and Sensibility (Premieres July 31) – Sense and Sensibility is a story of two young sisters on a voyage of burgeoning sexual and romantic discovery. »

- Bree Brouwer

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Alan Rickman Talks A Little Chaos, Getting Back Behind the Lens and More

26 June 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s been nearly 18 years since Alan Rickman’s feature directorial debut, The Winter Guest, hit theaters, but now it’s finally time to catch his second go behind the lens, A Little Chaos. In 1682 King Louis Xiv (Rickman) commences a search for a landscape designer to build one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Even though Sabine De Barra’s (Kate Winslet) social status and forward-thinking techniques aren’t in line with the candidates one might expect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to chose, he decides to embrace the “chaos” of her process and awards her the job. With A Little Chaos due for a limited release on June 26th, I got the chance to talk to Rickman about making the film. He stressed the importance of pre-production and having rehearsal time, he talked about what it’s like directing a scene that he’s acting in, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Watch: Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman Pick Their Non-Acting Movie Dream Jobs

24 June 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Come Friday, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet will hit the big screen together for the first time since Ang Lee's 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Winslet leads Rickman's second directorial endeavor, A Little Chaos, as Sabine De Barra. It’s 1682 and King Louis Xiv (Rickman) is looking for a landscape designer to build a main garden at the Palace of Versailles. Even though the “chaos” of Sabine’s style isn’t in line with the techniques of the King’s most celebrated landscape artist, André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), he gives her the job and she begins work on the outdoor ballroom, Rockwork Grove. I’ve got full interviews with Winslet and Rickman about making the movie coming soon, but first, find out what one thing they need to have in hand while filming and which on-set job besides acting they'd like to take on. A Little Chaos hits select »

- Perri Nemiroff

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18 June 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic dramedy “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet from director Alan Rickman!

A Little Chaos,” which opens in Chicago on June 26, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory, Rupert Penry-Jones, Steven Waddington, Danny Webb, Henry Garrett and Morgan Watkins from director Alan Rickman and writers Jeremy Brock and Alison Deegan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “A Little Chaos” courtesy of, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions »

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Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman Reunite for ‘A Little Chaos’ 20 Years After ‘Sense and Sensibility’

18 June 2015 1:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s been 20 years since Kate Winslet made her breakthrough performance opposite Alan Rickman in “Sense and Sensibility.” The two prolific actors are back together for another period drama, but forgo Jane Austen for 17th century France in Focus World’s “A Little Chaos.”

“It was absolutely wonderful to reunite with him after such a long time,” Winslet, 39, told Variety at the film’s New York premiere on Wednesday at the Museum of Modern Art hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company. “I’ve grown quite a lot as a person and hopefully as an actor since [we were last together on screen].

In the film, Rickman, who directed and co-wrote the movie’s screenplay, plays King Louis Xiv and Winslet stars as a gardener chosen to build one of the main gardens at the King’s new palace at Versailles.

“To be able to bring a level of collaboration into this experience was quite different. I »

- Paul Chi

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Stratton to curate first Great Britain Retro Festival

10 June 2015 11:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

David Stratton is the curator and patron of the inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Festival. Nineteen classic British films, rarely seen on the big screen, will feature in the festival from August 6-19 at the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Melbourne's Cinema Nova and the Windsor in Perth. Stratton says there will be many highlights, not least the opportunity to see some of these classic films painstakingly digitally restored and presented for the first time in Australia in the 4K format. .I.m really excited about this retrospective film festival, particularly as I spent my first twenty years in Britain and have always been very fond of British movies. To see this collection of films, on the big screen, as they were intended to be seen, is indeed a rare pleasure," he says. Highlights of the inaugural Great Britain Retro Film Festival include:

. Australian premiere screenings of The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), the »

- Staff writer

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Singapore Arts Council pulls $8,000 grant for Sonny Liew graphic novel

31 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Sonny Liew, artist on the upcoming Dr. Fate series written by Paul Levitz for DC Comics, has published a graphic novel overseas that’s gotten a bit of political attention in his home country of Singapore…

A hot-off-the-press graphic novel seems to be in hot water, with the National Arts Council (Nac) revoking its $8,000 publication grant because of the “sensitive content”.

The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by award-winning comics artist Sonny Liew tells the story of a Singaporean artist who represents 60-odd years of local history through his satirical comics.

Founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and his political rival Lim Chin Siong appear in the 340-page book in cartoon form.

The 1987 Operation Spectrum, when 16 people were detained allegedly over a Marxist conspiracy to overthrow the Government, is turned into a plot to replace all music in Singapore with the melodies of American singer Richard Marx.

Published here this month by Epigram Books, »

- Glenn Hauman

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3-Point Plan: 76 Trombones at the Hobby Center Plus 2 More Texas Events

14 May 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Seventy-six trombones play at the Hobby Center, Kenny Chesney rocks At&T Stadium, and Jane Austen (maybe) shows her sensible side. It’s this week’s 3-Point Plan: Texas. The Music ManThere’s trouble right here at Houston’s Hobby Center, where “The Music Man” is playing through May 17. “The Music Man” follows “Professor” Harold Hill as he cons his way into River City’s heart—though what he really wants is the heart of local spinster Marian the Librarian. Fans of “The Simpsons” will recognize the plot from 1993’s “Marge vs. the Monorail,” written by Conan O’Brien. Kenny Chesney in ConcertCountry mega-star Kenny Chesney sends hearts a-beatin’ and toes a-tappin’ this Saturday, May 16 at Dallas’ At&T Stadium. He’ll be joined onstage by Jason “Tonight Looks Good on You” Aldean. Sense and SensibilityTime to break out one of those empire-waist dresses if you dare—the stage version »

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A Little Chaos Movie Review

13 May 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: A Little Chaos Director: Alan Rickman Starring: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle. ‘A Little Chaos marks Rickman’s second film after his 1997 directorial debut  ‘The Winter Guest.’ The 2014 British period drama is the second collaboration of Rickman and Winslet after their 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility.’ Love blooms amid the Sun King’s gardens in 17th-century Versailles: A Gallehault indeed, the project that engages two talented landscape artists at Louis Xiv’s palace of Versailles. Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) is a fictional proto-feminist figure of lower-class gardener, who shakes up the ordered world of the king’s landscaper in chief, Maître  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

20 April 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »

- simonbrew

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Alan Rickman: having a film career is a bit of a surprise

16 April 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The British actor-director revealed stories from Die Hard, Harry Potter, Robin Hood and his latest film, A Little Chaos.

Alan Rickman entertained a select audience in London last night with stories from nearly 30 years in movies.

Speaking on stage at the latest BAFTA: A Life In Pictures event, the actor-director revealed how his first exposure to film was at school with titles like Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt, before going to art school and encountering his first major influences: Antonioni and Fellini.

“But I don’t know that I thought this would be part of my life,” he recalled. “To be perfectly honest, having a film career at all is a bit of a surprise.”

After going to Rada at 25, Rickman established himself on stage and TV, and didn’t star in his first film until his early 40s. That film just happened to be the blockbuster action hit Die Hard.

He won the »

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A Little Chaos review: Kate Winslet leads Alan Rickman's period drama

15 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Alan Rickman; Screenwriter: Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock, Alison Deegan; Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Matthias Schoenaerts, Helen McCrory; Running time: 117 mins; Certificate: 12A

The famous gardens at Versailles provide the backdrop for this dewy-eyed period romance with Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, although they have to wade through a lot of mud before the flowers come into bloom. Alan Rickman directs in a laissez-faire style as well as playing a supporting role as the French 'Sun King' Louis Xiv who presides over their efforts to create horticultural perfection. It's the stuff of Sunday night TV drama, for winding down with tea and cake. Very civilised.

The problem is that Rickman had obviously hoped to get pulses racing with 17th-century mores creating a pressure cooker environment for landscape architect Sabine De Barra (Winslet) and the King's master landscaper Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) as they get to »

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Why 'Effie Gray' Is a Box Office Also-Ran

5 April 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As soon as I saw "Effie Gray," I asked for an interview with the movie's writer-star, Emma Thompson. Nope. Not doing any interviews. The reason? Two copyright lawsuits waged against the Oscar-winning screenwriter ("Sense and Sensibility") and actress ("Howard's End") prevented her from talking about the film. She won both cases that charged her with plagiarizing other scripts about the same subject, the strange relationship between young Euphemia "Effie" Gray (Dakota Fanning) and her older husband, workaholic art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise, Thompson's husband). Neglected and unfulfilled, Gray falls in love with Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). In the specialty world, it seems, you're either a winner with a strong festival presence and marketing campaign behind you and possible awards attention ahead, or you're a small non-entity, a loser. (This story also reminds of the dangers of high-profile »

- Anne Thompson

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Stewart 'in Talks' to Be Featured in Subversive Iraq War Homefront Satire

4 April 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »

- Andre Soares

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