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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

30 December 2016 11:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison »

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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016

30 December 2016 4:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Hollywood is still mourning the recent deaths of screen icon Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, there were many other notable big screen stars who passed away in 2016.

Alan Rickman, one of the most prolific actors of the last two decades, died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 on January 14. Rickman made his big screen debut in 1998’s “Die Hard,” playing the villain Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis. From that film on he took on varied roles, from the noble Colonel Brandon in the period piece “Sense and Sensibility” to the faux-alien Dr. Lazarus in the sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest.” But most will know him as the antihero Severus Snape from the “Harry Potter” movies. Emma Thompson, who starred with Rickman in five films, called him “the finest of actors and directors.” (Read his obituary here.)

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- Lawrence Yee

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Charlotte Rampling And Jim Broadbent Star In First Trailer For The Sense Of An Ending

14 December 2016 10:44 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

CBS Films has released a powerful first trailer for the upcoming drama The Sense Of An Ending, directed by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox).

The film stars Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!), HarrietWalter (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), Michelle Dockery (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), EmilyMortimer (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl), BillyHowle (The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Higher Education, Keepers), Freya Mavor (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Skins), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Belle) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Melancholia).

Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. »

- Michelle McCue

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Protagonist strikes for Sundance drama 'God’s Own Country'

13 December 2016 2:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK debut backed by BFI and Creative England stars rising actor Josh O’Connor, Ian Hart and Gemma Jones.

Protagonist Pictures has boarded world sales on UK writer-director Francis Lee’s debut feature God’s Own Country, which was recently selected for the Sundance 2017 World Dramatic Competition.

Screen Star Of Tomorrow Josh O’Connor, known for roles in ITV series The Durrells and supporting berths in Golden Globe nominee Florence Foster Jenkins and Stephen FrearsThe Program, features alongside upcoming Romanian actor Alec Secareanu.

The supporting cast includes Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire) and Gemma Jones (Sense and Sensibility).

God’s Own Country follows Johnny Saxby, a solitary young sheep farmer who numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. The arrival of a Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) ignites an intense relationship that sets the former on a new path.

The film is produced by Manon Ardisson and Jack Tarling for Magic Bear Productions »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Paul Feig Circling A Mindy Kaling Script That Stars Emma Thompson

4 November 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Prepare to salivate, comedy fans, because Paul Feig – the director of some of the funniest films of recent years – is considering taking the helm of a movie that’s scripted by Mindy Kaling and has Emma Thompson attached to share the screen with the writer. To say that this is exciting news is an understatement.

The project is as-yet untitled, but is said to unfold within the very specific world of late-night talk shows – being described as “The Devil Wears Prada meets Broadcast News.” The fact that the screenplay comes from Mindy Kaling is significant because – apart from the fact that she is an exceptional, Emmy nominated writer, with The Office and The Mindy Project on her resume – she was also an intern on Late Night With Conan O’Brien in the late 1990s. Such an experience will undoubtedly have informed her take on that environment, which will be on full, »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Why Ang Lee Deserves Praise for Stepping Into the Future

3 November 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fearing that the golden age of television will make the public overlook cinema’s charms, studios and their filmmakers are desperate to find ways to lure audiences into the theater. Much of their arsenal relies on technology, including immersive 3D, eye-popping visual effects, bone-shattering immersive sound — and now, 3D delivered at a super-high frame rate via Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Read More: At CinemaCon, the Studios Look Out Theatrical Windows and Say It’s Sunny

 

In banking on Lee, new Sony chairman Tom Rothman believed lightning could strike twice. In 2012, as the chairman of 20th Century Fox, he introduced Lee’s 3D spectacle “Life of Pi” as a potential Oscar contender and game-changer. At CinemaCon 2016, Rothman launched Sony’s presentation with Lee’s true-life drama about an Iraq War vet (Joe Alwyn) who is celebrated as a hero. There was palpable excitement over the prospect »

- Anne Thompson

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Britannias Beat the Drum for British and American Academy Awards

29 October 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

How do you get someone to schlep to Los Angeles, decked out in black tie, to accept an awards tribute? You grab them when they have something to promote—and a studio willing to support costs of video, travel, styling and table.

This year’s British Academy Britannia Awards were enjoyably hosted by Brit comedian Ben “Doc” Brown Smith, who raps well enough to audition for “Hamilton” and was eager to raise his stateside profile.

The winner of the night’s big prize, the Albert R. Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Samuel L. Jackson, is an awards perennial, with directors Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee happy to sing his praises on the Tribute video. This year, he was promoting Warner Bros.’ “Kong: Skull Island,” which was why his elegant costar and recent Best Actress Oscar-winner Brie Larson did the presenting honors.

Similarly, super-pro Tom Hanks riffed off a »

- Anne Thompson

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Britannias Beat the Drum for British and American Academy Awards

29 October 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you get someone to schlep to Los Angeles, decked out in black tie, to accept an awards tribute? You grab them when they have something to promote—and a studio willing to support costs of video, travel, styling and table.

This year’s British Academy Britannia Awards were enjoyably hosted by Brit comedian Ben “Doc” Brown Smith, who raps well enough to audition for “Hamilton” and was eager to raise his stateside profile.

The winner of the night’s big prize, the Albert R. Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Samuel L. Jackson, is an awards perennial, with directors Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee happy to sing his praises on the Tribute video. This year, he was promoting Warner Bros.’ “Kong: Skull Island,” which was why his elegant costar and recent Best Actress Oscar-winner Brie Larson did the presenting honors.

Similarly, super-pro Tom Hanks riffed off a »

- Anne Thompson

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Hugh Laurie Feels ‘Imposter Syndrome’ Over Hollywood Walk of Fame Honor

25 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

British actor Hugh Laurie greets his upcoming brass star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a mixture of terror and awe. He’s no James Stewart, he explains, that epitome of American stardom. The Oxford, England, native hails from a nearly extinct tribe so polite, so well-bred that he apologized for calling six minutes late. And, at 57, the one-time highest paid actor in a television drama — “House” — as well as producer, director, jazz musician, and novelist, could echo his massive fan base and say, “about bloody time” about the Oct. 25 event.

Laurie began performing at university, after mononucleosis ended his ambitions to row for Cambridge and compete in the Olympics, like his father, William George Ranald Laurie. He joined the Cambridge Footlights, meeting (and falling for) Emma Thompson. She introduced him to his partner in comedy, Stephen Fry. Laurie recalls: “We were all so excited to be doing what we were doing with an appropriate level »

- Thelma Adams

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Newswire: Updated: Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson join forces for late-night talk show movie

28 September 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Over the years Mindy Kaling has been vocal about her love for Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, written by and starring Emma Thompson. Kaling put it on her list of #Fave7Films and said in 2014 that “Thompson gets overlooked for” it. So the news that Thompson will be co-starring in a film Kaling wrote must be something of a dream come true for The Mindy Project creator. Variety reports that Thompson will play a late-night talk show host who hires her first female writer, played by Kaling, and struggles to keep her show.

According to the publication, the film has been described “as The Devil Wears Prada meets Broadcast News.” Perhaps that means it will include dashes of The Late Shift and The Larry Sanders Show, with a hint of Joan Rivers’ real life thrown in for good measure. It’s been years since Rivers’ show was on the »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to Star in Late-Night Talk Show Film (Exclusive)

27 September 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In what is sure to become one of the hottest packages in town, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are set to star in an untitled movie Kaling also wrote revolving around a veteran late-night talk show host.

Scott Rudin will produce with Kaling and Howard Klein.

The story follows a venerated late-night talk show host, played by Thompson, who’s in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer, played by Kaling. Sources describe the film as “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Broadcast News.”

No studio is currently attached, but sources say a bidding war for the package is expected to be heated with several bidders already in the mix.

Kaling has quickly become one of the biggest triple threats in the world of comedy. She is creator, writer, and star of “The Mindy Project,” which aired for three seasons on Fox before heading over to Hulu, »

- Justin Kroll

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Love & Friendship; The Nice Guys; Fire at Sea; The White Helmets and more – review

25 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Whit Stillman’s literate sensibility renders him ideal for an Austen adaptation, while Shane Black mocks masculine archetypes

I admit my heart sank a little – only a little, mind you – when I first heard that Whit Stillman was making a Jane Austen adaptation. A singularly literate comic voice in American cinema, he doesn’t work often enough as it is: we can ill afford to donate his gifts to someone else’s comedy of manners, right? Happily, I was wrong; in Love & Friendship (Lionsgate, U), Austen’s brisk sense and Stillman’s wily sensibility make for about as perfect an arranged marriage as you could hope for.

A quick, zesty take on Austen’s novella Lady Susan that adores and embellishes her language with equal care, Stillman’s film bridges the social and romantic politics of her era with ours. Beneath its whipped-cream quippery, it shows a very real and »

- Guy Lodge

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Great Job, Internet!: Watch “Zack Snyder” adapt classic works of literature

31 August 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Zack Snyder already knows what it’s like to turn an iconic graphic novel into a slightly less iconic film, but what if he were to adapt actual pieces of classic literature? Well they’d be a whole lot angrier, have a percussion-heavy score, and feature a lot more slow-motion punching. At least that’s what filmmaker Patrick Willems presupposes in this new parody video in which The Catcher In The Rye, Sense And Sensibility, and The Giving Tree all get the Snyder treatment.

Weirdly, the Catcher In The Rye section almost works, if only because Snyder’s “gritty” filmmaking style does seem like a manifestation of a 16-year-old boy’s angst. Meanwhile, the Sense And Sensibility portion offers the fantastic image of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood prepping for battle in a dramatic crossfit montage. And The Giving Tree is basically reimagined as Boy Vs. Tree: Dawn Of Giving. Unfortunately »

- Caroline Siede

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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Restoration Comes To Blu-Ray: See Ang Lee Discuss His Classic Martial Arts Film

22 August 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ang Lee’s martial arts film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was a critical and commercial success upon release in 2000, garnering numerous awards and grossing over $200 million. It is now considered a modern classic and led to a boost in popularity of Chinese wuxia films. Now, an all-new 4K restoration of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will soon debut on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Watch an exclusive clip of Ang Lee discussing his film and how martial arts movies owe a debt to musicals.

Read More: Watch: The Battle Begins In New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny’

The new release will be loaded with all-new bonus content in both releases. The Blu-ray release will include six never-before-seen deleted scenes, all-new retrospective interviews with director Ang Lee, producer James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres, an archival making-of featurette and the “A Love Before Time” music video. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Hugh Grant to receive Zurich fest honour

16 August 2016 3:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Florence Foster Jenkins to screen in Zurich.

British actor Hugh Grant is to receive the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival (Sept 22-Oct 2), where his latest feature Florence Foster Jenkins is set to be screened.

Grant, known for romantic comedies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, will accept the lifetime honour on Sept 27 at Zurich’s Corso Cinema. Previous recipients include Diane Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere and last year Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Grant will also present his latest film, Stephen Frears’ comedy drama Florence Foster Jenkins, in which he stars opposite Meryl Streep. Pathé Films is releasing the film in Switzerland.

Zff directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said in a joint statement: “Hugh is as beloved a star as there is in the world of film. His uncanny charm and charisma have fuelled memorable performances for decades, but in watching his amazing body of work, the depth of »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Could ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Land Hugh Grant His First Oscar Nomination?

11 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This week, Paramount bows “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the true story of a very nice woman who happened to be a very bad singer. Many will talk about the fact that it’s likely to land star Meryl Streep her 20th Oscar nomination, which is staggering. But perhaps even more surprising is that her co-star in the film, Hugh Grant, has never even been nominated.

Maybe it’s not that shocking, considering Grant doesn’t usually make movies that compete in the Oscar race; with the exception of “Sense and Sensibility” in 1995, his work tends to be more populist than “prestige.” But “Florence Foster Jenkins,” directed by Stephen Frears, is the perfect combination of both. It’s a big crowd-pleaser, a period piece, and a true story. It also helps that the central characters are artists – something the Academy loves. The film itself is the first entry of the year that »

- Jenelle Riley

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New Faces of Independent Film, Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ Restored, Mel Gibson’s Action, and More

28 July 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Filmmaker Magazine has published their annual 25 New Faces of Independent Film, featuring Sasha Lane, Macon Blair, Connor Jessup, and more.

Watch a clip from the restoration of Abel Gance‘s Napoleon:

Mubi‘s Michael Pattison on Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day, our favorite animation of the century so far:

Psycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, a blend. Bill, a black-on-white stick figure whose only distinctive feature is his top hat, is on his way to the bus stop when he sees someone he recognizes but whose name he doesn’t remember. »

- The Film Stage

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’Howards End’ Restoration: Merchant Ivory Classic Gets A Stunning New Trailer — Watch

1 July 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More: Cohen Media Group Picks Up 30 Merchant Ivory Productions for Restoration and Re-issue

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

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Review: Did 'Person of Interest' bring the Samaritan war to a strong close?

15 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of last night's Person of Interest coming up just as soon as I remember what happened to that fat German kid in Willy Wonka... Until recently, PoI hadn't seemed too hampered by having only 13 episodes for its final season (and by having to fill several of those hours with Number of the Week stories). ".Exe," though — the conclusion of the war between Team Machine and Samaritan, and the penultimate episode of the entire series — definitely felt hampered by a lack of proper set-up time, and by having to squeeze too much story into the hour because there was no place else to put it. Huge things happened last night, most notably Finch destroying Samaritan — and sacrificing the Machine itself in the process — but much of it felt rushed, or simply too easy, given how powerful Samaritan and its forces had been presented as for multiple seasons. That Finch has to destroy his own creation in order to stop the bigger threat — and that the Machine herself had to nudge Finch into killing her to save the world — also didn't have the emotional kick I would have expected. Oddly, the Machine wound up having less personality — or, at least, less gravitas — when it switched from figures on a screen, or odd coded messages via pay phone, to talking like Root. Maybe these developments would have had more power if the show had as much time to build to them over the course of the season as it did when, say, Carter took down Hr. Or maybe it would have if the episode hadn't also featured an underwhelming subplot where Fusco found the man who killed the people in the tunnel, on top of those It's a Wonderful Life-style glimpses of a world where Finch never created the Machine in the first place. The Fusco story suggested that the whole missing persons arc might have been better off forgotten, or at least resolved a few episodes earlier. The alternate-reality material, while a nice trip down memory lane (including as satisfying an ending the show could give alt-Carter, given Taraji P. Henson's absence), and the kind of thing other shows have tried in their final seasons (at Atx Festival over the weekend, The O.C. creative team recalled their own version), seemed a distraction at this particular point in the story. The Machine was using it to try to teach Harold that its own existence ultimately wouldn't have made the world dramatically better or worse, but that Samaritan needed to be stopped at all costs. But the simulations all came and went too quickly, while also taking up too much time in an episode that needed to feel more epic than it ultimately did. There were some strong character moments — Greer proving his ultimate commitment to Samaritan, the password for the virus (Dashwood) being a callback to Finch using a copy of Sense and Sensibility to propose to Grace — but the show has done much better apocalyptic climaxes. That we largely wrapped up the Samaritan war with one episode to go suggests the creative team has something big, and surprising, planned for the series finale, so let's hope for a strong finish. What did everybody else think? »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Exit Strategy’ Takes Best Play at 6th Annual Oba Awards

18 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The 6th annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards were announced May 18. Ike Holter’s “Exit Strategy,” which ran at Primary Stages this spring, and César Alvarez’s “Futurity” from Soho Rep and Ars Nova, were named the best new play and musical, respectively, of the 2015–16 New York theater season.  Also among the winners were solo artist James Lecesne for “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” and Bedlam’s adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.” Red Bull Theater’s “The School for Scandal” and Roundabout Theatre Company’s “The Robber Bridegroom” took home best play and musical revival, respectively. The Off Broadway Alliance is a nonprofit led by theater professionals committed to supporting and promoting the world of Off-Broadway. Part of their mission is to make “live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.” The 2016 awards will be presented in a ceremony at Sardi’s restaurant on June 21. For more information, visit OffBroadwayAlliance. »

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