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These lectures, the first in the 2014 series, will take place between Sept 18-29.
Writer and actress Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee) takes to the stage at BFI Southbank on Sept 20, while writer and director Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders, Locke) will follow on Sept 29.
The season is programmed by screenwriter Jeremy Brock and funded by Jj Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
We’re received the wonderful news that Brit-legend Emma Thompson will be part of this years BAFTA Screenwriter Lecture Series.
The acclaimed writer and actress who’s given us an endless array of great performances and writing including Sense And Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, and the upcoming Effie Gray is among an all-star line-up that also includes James Schamus (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) and director Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises), who between them boast seven BAFTA and Oscar nominations. The series, in collaboration with the BFI, is now in its fifth year and will take place between 18th and 29th September.
They’re a great opportunity to get into the heads and hearts of the people at the very top of the business. We highly recommend keeping an eye out for many of BAFTA’s Guru lectures and film-maker sessions as they’re wonderfully informative, but also well worth your time. »
- Dan Bullock
Emma Thompson's name conjures images of poise and grace, bringing to mind her sincere and moving performances in films like "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Remains of the Day." But, of course, the actress seems just as comfortable whipping off her spike heels at the Golden Globes or donning a fake nose and a snaggletooth for a role like "Nanny McPhee." Thompson is currently at work on "The Legend of Barney Thomson," actor Robert Carlyle's directorial debut based on a novel by Douglas Lindsay about a barber in Glasgow who lives a dull, pointless life until he crosses paths with an unstable serial killer. Carlyle plays the titular character, with Emma Thompson playing his dowdy mother. (Yet another actress plays far above her actual age.) Based on these on-set photos, all we can say is that it looks like she's going to knock this one out of the park. »
- Jacob Combs
On July 2, Eric Bana stars in Deliver Us From Evil as a New York City street cop who becomes entangled in a case that has ties to the paranormal. Also appearing in the film? Comedian Joel McHale (“Community”). Now, you might be a little hesitant, not knowing why Bana and McHale have been thrown together for a horror flick, but Bana and McHale have more in common than you’d think. For starters, both Bana and McHale have a well-developed funny bone.
- Rachel West and Sasha James
Kate Winslet stepped into the spotlight nearly two decades ago with films like Sense and Sensibility with Hugh Grant and Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio, and her impressive career has wowed us ever since. In addition to her big-screen fame, she's also made many glamorous appearances, and her most recent event prompted us to look back at her many glitzy red carpets through the years. Kate is a star who basically doesn't age; in fact, she's only gotten more stunning over time. Take a look at her red carpet rewind below, including some sweet snaps with Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp and plenty of sexy moments. »
- Alyse Whitney
Three Shades of Brown is a funky new mini-series written and produced by Shai Hussain. Starring Muzz Khan (Nas), Omar Khan (Ravi) and Navinder Bhatti (Harry), the show explores the relationship between three twenty-something men who are all Asian, yet have conflicting personalities. BollySpice presents to you our review of Season One of Three Shades of Brown, where we discuss all eight episodes. Enjoy!
Episode 1 – Live in a Penthouse
So the pilot episode kicks off with Nas, who plays the rude boy. He’s seen acting like a DJ and imagining as if he’s in a nightclub, when he’s actually doing all this in his bedroom. You’re then introduced to the other two key characters. There’s Harry, who plays the coconut and moves in with Nas, and Ravi, who plays the freshie who is too desi. This 5 minute episode is largely designed to introduce us to »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
"The Fault in Our Stars" writer John Green is the latest best-selling Ya author to have his novel adapted from page to screen, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. Although not all of his peers have have been quite as lucky, the Ya community is filled with writers hoping their work -- which has been optioned, is in development, or is just a month or so away from hitting the big screen -- will manage to satisfy both existing fans of the book and moviegoers who've never heard of the book.
We caught up with several young adult authors at the annual Book Expo America, and found out which adaptations are their personal favorites, and the results range from childhood classics ("A Christmas Carol") to newer, trippier fare ("Adaptation"). Here are 11 Ya authors' picks for best adaptation.
That is a tough one, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Actor Robert Carlyle is making his directorial debut on the new horror comedy The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson), and we have the first image from the set for you. Check it out!
Myriad Pictures announced Tuesday that principal photography has begun in the UK on the darkly humorous film which will star two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Sense and Sensibility), Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Departed, Hugo), and Carlyle, who will also play the title role.
The script is based on a widely popular series of novels by Douglas Lindsay and was adapted for the screen by BAFTA award-winner Colin McLaren (Donkeys) and Richard Cowan. Myriad Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film.
In The Legend of Barney Thomson, Carlyle plays the title character, a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, with both absurd and macabre consequences. »
- Steve Barton
Here's something I keep forgetting about the upcoming "Annie" remake: Emma Thompson (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Sense and Sensibility," lest we forget) is one of its three credited writers. I'm not sure at what stage Thompson worked on the project -- early, I'm guessing, unless she's tighter with producer Jay-z than I'd previously imagined -- but from everything we've seen of the project thus far, it doesn't bear much trace of the Englishwoman's involvement. Anyway, that's an aside: the second trailer for "Annie" has landed, and it looks, if anything, even brasher than the much-maligned first glimpse suggested. Clearly, the updates to the material -- Cameron Diaz's pimped-out Miss Hannigan included -- will be a matter of taste. I don't hold the original musical (much less John Huston's bloated 1982 film) particularly sacred, but am still sensing something off-key about Will Gluck's very high-key take on the material. »
- Guy Lodge
“My father was an accountant,” remarks British filmmaker James Rouse. “My mother makes very good flapjacks but I’m not sure if that counts. Looking back perhaps they were both more artistic than their backgrounds allowed them to be though. It was much more difficult for their generation to follow a creative career.” Richard Lumsden (Sense and Sensibility) grew up in a similar situation. “I have no theatrical background at all. No one in my family had ever done as stupid as trying to act as a living. They all took much more sensible sorts of jobs. From that point of view I was walking into the unknown when I was 21 and started working. I still have a naïve enjoyment of it all but that’s help »
- Trevor Hogg
It’s that time of year again when Somerset House launch their wonderful Summer Screen season and once again, you can’t fail to be impressed. That’s not all either because if you’re quick, as it closes on Thursday, you can vote for the Audience favourite as they’re celebrating their 10th Anniversary!
To mark the milestone season, the Best of 10 vote will relinquish control from the curators for one night and for the first time, let you ladies and gents choose which film you’d like to see again at Somerset House. A list of 10 films, selected from some of the best-sellers since the season first began, are in the link box below for you to vote on!
The winner will then be added to the bill and voters will be invited to an exclusive 24 hour pre-sale, to be given the chance to secure tickets first for this special one-off anniversary night. »
- Dan Bullock
To the best of my knowledge, Emma Thompson is the only Oscar-winning actress (and screenwriter) who’s ever said that extreme vulgarity in modern comedy is “just like watching somebody getting their dick out and putting it on someone’s shoulder.” (You only get to read it, but I had the pleasure of hearing it spoken aloud, as if by Jane Austen herself.)
In The Love Punch, Thompson and Pierce Brosnan play a long-divorced couple who begin to fall back in love with each other as they try to steal a diamond from the unscrupulous billionaire who sank their financial fortunes. »
- Jeff Labrecque
After years of gaining bloat through tepid, on-the-nose efforts like “Austenland” and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” the Austen-esque genre finally gains a new chapter worthy of its namesake in Amma Asante's romantic drama “Belle,” a lustrous if faintly dented gem. Based on the life and accomplishments of an actual 18th-century noblewoman, this warmly poignant tale of two illegitimate sisters’ efforts to marry despite their social handicaps (one is dowry-less, the other half-black) offers all the passionate idealism, the precise social insights, and the delightfully sharp-tongued dialogue that recall the best of “Sense and Sensibility.” Also read: Fox Searchlight Acquires ‘Belle', »
- Inkoo Kang
Variety can also report that Clark has just re-upped at Upi, and will be staying in London, despite Universal’s recent decision to relocate the head of its international theatrical operations from London to Los Angeles.
The CineEurope honor will be presented as part a special Universal luncheon on June 17 at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.
“It is a great honor for CineEurope to be able to single out Duncan for all he has done throughout his career as a respected and admired distribution executive in the business,” noted Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event.
“You could not ask for a more dedicated leader whose passion and commitment to both his company and the industry have helped bring quality films to so many moviegoers around the world. »
- Leo Barraclough
Over the course of their careers, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson have found success in different cinematic fields. Brosnan has garnered fans from his roles on the television series Remington Steele and from his turn as the iconic spy James Bond, while Thompson is known for her roles in movies such as The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility, and Stranger Than Fiction. Fans of both performers were intrigued to learn that they would be starring opposite each other in their next project. Titled The Love Punch, the film is written and directed by Joel Hopkins, and Thompson and Brosnan star alongside Timothy Spall, Tuppence Middleton, and Celia Imrie. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
At this point, you might be forgiven for feeling a serious case of remake-fatigue. It seems every other film these days is a re-boot or a re-imagining of some beloved classic or other, with very little in the way of originality on display. With the release of its new trailer, however, it seems that it would be inadvisable to dismiss the upcoming new adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Annie, as one of those tedious revisits. This one actually looks kind of awesome.
Annie is a comic book character. Well, a comic strip character, to be exact. Created by Harold Gray in his ‘Little Orphan Annie’ comic strip which debuted in August 1924, Annie was first adapted for radio in 1931, while David O Selznick produced a film adaptation for Rko in 1932. It was not until 1977 that Annie made her first ever appearance on Broadway, however – with its now iconic musical format »
- Sarah Myles
Fresh from a triumph in New York, one of our most extravagantly talented stars will soon unveil one of her most cherished projects to date, Effie, a film about John Ruskin – lawyers permitting.
Picture gallery here
It was only a matter of time until the BBC broadcast images of Emma Thompson's downstairs lavatory. The combination of her larky sense of humour and love of a theatrical flourish made it somehow inevitable. And so last month it came to pass. The actress, having been overlooked for an Oscar nomination, was televised at her home receiving a "Mark"; a golden statuette in the likeness of the Observer's film critic, which was offered in recognition of her screen portrayal of the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers.
She was, Kermode said, "sheer perfection in the complex role of 'Mrs Pl', never allowing the author to descend into crotchety caricature, constantly suggesting a »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Today is a very busy day. For starters, it’s Throwback Thursday. But it’s also the first day of spring and, wait for it, National Proposal Day! So, it only seemed fitting that I kill two birds with one stone — I refuse to celebrate spring until it’s warm outside — and throw it on back to my favorite movie/TV proposal of all time.
If asked, most women can tell you at least a little something about their dream proposal. Maybe there’s a path of rose petals involved, or perhaps they’re a fan of the sporting event jumbotron. »
- Samantha Highfill
British actor plays Mrs Lovett alongside Bryn Terfel for just five performances at the Avery Fisher Hall
Emma Thompson has made her New York stage debut to critical acclaim but it will be over in a flash – there will be only five performances of her playing London's worst piemaker .
She plays Mrs Lovett and when she began the run on Wednesday she was following in some impressive footsteps. Angela Lansbury won a Tony after originating the role in 1979 and the character has been played in the West End by Sheila Hancock, Julia McKenzie and in 2012, Imelda Staunton.
So how did she do? Writing for the Guardian, Kayla Epstein said Thompson "not only held her own against more experienced vocalists, »
- Mark Brown
From Jack leching over Jennifer to John Wayne's farewell and Brando's no-show, these are just some of the greatest moments at the Oscars ceremonies ever
1. When Jack met Jennifer
This is perhaps my favourite Oscar moment ever, and it is from last year: the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Tellingly, it does not take place up on stage, in the often tense and frozen ritual of the awards ceremony itself, but happens in the cheerful buzz of the post-show melee backstage. This single, endlessly replayed clip probably did more for Jennifer Lawrence's public profile than anything on the big screen.
George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton aide who later made a career in TV, was conducting on-the-hoof interviews for ABC and had grabbed 22-year-old Lawrence to talk about her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
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