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BBC Films: Joe Oppenheimer to become acting head

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BBC Films confirms Christin Langan departure to Baby Cow with recruitment for successor underway; Langan describes tenure as “great privilege”.

BBC Films commissioning executive Joe Oppenheimer will serve as acting head while the organisation seeks a replacement for outgoing head Christine Langan who is set to deaprt early October.

Langan’s departure was revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast in July.

Langan, who was head of the unit since 2009, is to leave the BBC to join Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s Baby Cow Productions as its CEO.

The executive goes out on a high following the critical and commercial successes of Brooklyn, I, Daniel Blake, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and The Lady In The Van.

During her tenure at the broadcaster the executive has backed productions including Simon Curtis’ Academy Award-nominated My Week With Marilyn, Lynne Ramsay’s intense thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin and Stephen Frears’ Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA
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Florence Foster Jenkins UK Premiere Interviews

Florence Foster Jenkins Premiere: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant take to the red carpet ahead of the film’s release in the U.K. on May 6th, 2016.

Last night saw the Florence Foster Jenkins premiere take place in London’s Leicester Square, and co-stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg showed up alongside their director Stephen Frears.

The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere. The voice Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence
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Florence Foster Jenkins review: “Near note perfect”

Florence Foster Jenkins review: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant hit the right notes in this Stephen Frears directed comedy drama about the world’s best worst singer.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant lead the cast of the Stephen Frears directed film which focusses the true events of the latter days of America socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins. Here’s our Florence Foster Jenkins review.

Stephen Frears’ follow-up movie to last year’s impressive biopic The Program could not be any different, and here he teams with Nicholas Martin, a successful television writer behind episodes of Midsomer Murders, Soldier Soldier and Dalziel & Pascoe, for an brilliantly funny romp set in New York City towards the end of the second World War.

Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was known for her very off-key performances as an opera singer, her appearances on-stage fully financed from her fortune left to her by her late father. At
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Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link
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Toronto 2015 line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall (Us), Roland Emmerich, Wpspecial PRESENTATIONSAnomalisa (Us), Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, CPBeasts of No Nation (Ghana), Cary Fukunaga, CPBlack Mass (Us), Scott Cooper, CPBorn To Be Blue (Canada-uk), Robert Budreau WPBrooklyn (UK-Ireland-Canada), John
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Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'

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Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'
Tiff 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.Scroll down for Galas, Special Presentation line-ups

The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.

Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.

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Following much speculation, the festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Hyena Road, the anticipated Afghan War film, will also receive a world premiere. Director Paul GrossPasschendaele opened Toronto in 2008.

Among others there are first public screenings for Julie Delpy’s Lolo as well as two gay rights dramas in the form of Peter Sollett’s [link
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French Dramedy ‘Discount’: A Film About ‘Strength in Unity’

French Dramedy ‘Discount’: A Film About ‘Strength in Unity’
In “Discount,” a seemingly motley crew of five workers at a drab supermarché are told all but one of them will be replaced by automatic check-out machines. Reacting, they band together to swipe produce from the discount store’s shelves, soon doing a roaring trade as an alternative store in perishable fruit and vegetables destined for the trash. The flagship first feature of director Louis-Julien Petit and producer Liza Beguigui at Elemiah, a company focused on young auteurs, alternative social-issue cinema, “Discount” has found strong backing – Wild Bunch Distribution for France, which releases Jan. 21; the Other Angle for international.

An Angouleme Fest Audience Award winner, the film is a love song to community and to another all-important value. Via their store, the film’s heroes make a small bundle; more importantly, they regain their sense of self-respect. Variety and Louis-Julien Petit chatted a few days before his first film has
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David Lee Roth -- Concert Scalper

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David Lee Roth ain't talking 'bout love ... he's talking about the his new Mr. Clean image -- which he proudly put on display Saturday night during a surprise performance.The Foo Fighters put on an epic show at The Forum in Inglewood ... featuring Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley, Slash, Joe Walsh and more -- but the highlight was clearly Diamond Dave.The Van Halen front man played two of the band's classic songs ... and near the
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Stephen Frears to receive BFI Fellowship

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Stephen Frears to receive BFI Fellowship
Director of The Queen, Philomena and the upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic to receive honour at BFI London Film Festival.

British director Stephen Frears is to receive a BFI Fellowship on Oct 18, ahead of the close of the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and is the highest honour bestowed by the organisation.

BFI chairman Greg Dyke described Frears as one of the UK’s most important directors.

“Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike,” added Dyke.

Frears said he was “thrilled” to be receiving the honour. “I’ve spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at
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British Film Institute to Fete Stephen Frears with Fellowship

British Film Institute to Fete Stephen Frears with Fellowship
The British Film Institute is to fete Stephen Frears with its Fellowship, the highest honor the organization can bestow.

The award will be given during the closing ceremony of the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 18. The Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television.

BFI chairman Greg Dyke said: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise — from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humor and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike. He is one of the U.K.’s most important directors and we are delighted to honor him.”

Frears said: “I’ve spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship.”

Frears made his name in TV drama,
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Cannes Prospects: ‘Foxcatcher,’ Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Likely Headed to the Croisette

Cannes Prospects: ‘Foxcatcher,’ Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Likely Headed to the Croisette
A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.

In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1993

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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...

What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.

Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.

But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman.
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Watch 5 Irish Films From More Than 100 Years Ago

Short Starts typically presents a weekly short film from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. This week we present short films from the start of Irish cinema. While St. Patrick’s Day is technically specifically a holiday to honor St. Patrick, because he’s the patron saint of Ireland the occasion has become a time for celebrating all things Irish. For many of us, that means wearing green, drinking Guinness and/or Jameson (and/or Harp, Kilkinney, Bulmer’s, Smithwick’s, Bailey’s, Old Bushmills … alcohol in general) and blasting Dropkick Murphys while drunkenly attempting to/mocking stepdance. For a few of us, it’s also a moment to recognize Irish cinema, and by that I don’t just mean Darby O’Gill and a bunch of Ira/”Troubles” dramas (though many of these are great). Maybe it means something by one of the McDonagh brothers (like Martin’s foreign-set In Bruges or John Michael
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'Mrs. Brown's Boys' Greenlit for Series Three

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The BBC has announced that Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One and Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, have recommissioned a third series of BBC One's In-House produced sit-com 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' which is produced in association with RTÉ. 'Mrs. Brown's Boys' follows the life of the misbehaving matriarch Agnes Brown played by Brendan O'Carroll (Angela's Ashes, The Van) and her family life. The series, which is also written by O'Carroll, was originally created for theatrical production.
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A Few Movies For Patricks Day

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Happy St.Patricks day wherever you are. What follows are a few suggestions for paddy’s day viewing, all Irish flick’s of course. The GeneralBrendan Gleeson is simply brilliant in John Boorman’s gangster biopic. His&Hers – Ken Wardrop has made one of the best Irish films for years. This one will make you laugh, cry and ponder. Especially for mums and the ladies! Brilliant! IntermissionColin Farrell and Cillian Murphy combined with Colm Meaney star in a funny and fast moving crime thriller. The Wind That Shakes The BarleyCillian Murphy fights off the British in a movie that resonates with the whole country. Directed by Ken Loach. The SnapperColm Meaney is the dad of a single mum, made pregnant by her elder neighbour. The funniest Irish film of all time. So there’s a few suggestions. Obviously there’s more stuff out there like The Commitments
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Interview: Director Stephen Frears on His Vision For ‘Tamara Drewe’

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Chicago – Director Stephen Frears is a storytelling legend who sneaks up on us. Besides his new film “Tamara Drewe,” which played at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, Frears has a filmography that includes “The Queen,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” “High Fidelity,” “The Snapper,” “Hero,” “Prick Up Your Ears” and “My Beautiful Laundrette.” Not bad for a self-described accidental filmmaker.

Born in Leicester, England, Frears began his career as an assistant director on a couple of “Swinging ‘60s” British films, “Morgan” (1966) and “If…” (1968). After several years of television and smaller films, his breakthrough came with “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985), which received an Academy Award nomination. This led to a string of successes, culminating in the highly acclaimed “The Queen” (2006), which garnered an Oscar for Helen Mirren in the title role.

Frears latest is “Tamara Drewe,” a quirky comedy based on a popular British graphic novel about the homecoming of a small
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David Thomson on Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears is an amused connoisseur. I can't dispute his estimate that the less money he's had at risk on a venture, the better it ends up

Inasmuch as he will be 70 next year, and is a national treasure, I suspect some honours list will notice Stephen Frears soon. Of course, it is possible in his humble, muttering self-effacement that he wouldn't hear of such a distinction (I think there's a republican in there). On the other hand, he did make The Queen (with writer Peter Morgan and pretender Helen Mirren), the most sophisticated public relations boost Hrh has had in 20 years, and all the more affectionate because it was wry and a bit of a tease.

By now, it is taken for granted that Frears – whom I count as a friend – gets away with nearly anything he cares to try, and as he grows older, he is less conventional and obvious.
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Scores That Pop from Composers of Pop

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[This article is part of our Radiohead Fanatic Fortnight -- check out our box set giveaway here.]

Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead's lovable multi-instrumentalist, turned heads with his score for Paul Thomas Anderson's austere critical favorite, "There Will Be Blood." Immediately upon the film's opening scene, Greenwood's orchestration inflames the parched western landscape, superheating it with a man and his struggle to extract a profit from it. Greenwood uses an array of strings to strike an incredibly enormous, unsettling chord, the effect of which is to fuse the two -- the man and that broken landscape -- as it builds into an alarming cacophony. From this, the character of Daniel Plainview is forged, without a lick of dialogue or any emotive gestures. Nor is there a particularly distinct costume or a queerly menacing haircut involved. Just wordless deliberate action in a barren place, moved expertly along by a score that seems so well-crafted for the particulars of the story that it's surprising to recall some of it was
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Van Gogh Doc to Film in Portlaoise

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Photography is to commence on 'Vincent: Questioning The Method' a character study of painter Vincent Van Gogh by Irish actor Stuart Dunne (The Van) with filming to begin on 20th May until 30th July in and around the town of Portlaoise. The film will be based on painter Van Gogh who, having arrived in the small French town of Auvers-sur-Oise on the 20th May, 1890, painted profusely for seventy days creating over eighty-nine finished oil paintings, as well as countless sketches and watercolors. He also wrote almost daily to his associates and family, but mostly to his brother Theo. These letters provide an in depth historical first hand account from which actor Stuart Dunne will draw for the character study.
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Frears to preside over Cannes jury

Frears to preside over Cannes jury
PARIS -- British helmer Stephen Frears has been named president of the jury for the 60th annual Festival de Cannes, set for May 16-27, organizers said Thursday.

Frears, a Golden Globe and DGA nominee this year for his indie hit The Queen, made his Cannes debut in 1987 with his Palm d'Or nominee Prick Up Your Ears. His credits since then include Dangerous Liaisons, Accidental Hero, The Grifters, The Van, The Snapper, High Fidelity and Dirty Pretty Things.

"Of course, it's an honor but it's also a treat, to be able to watch terrific films from all over the world in such heady surroundings. God Save Cannes! (as well as the Queen)," Frears said in accepting the job.

"I am particularly delighted that Stephen Frears accepted my proposal this year," Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacob said. "We thus pay tribute to this great, inspired filmmaker, endowed with freedom of mind and love of making films. The 60th festival will henceforth take place under a Lucky Star, that of intelligence, wit and a dash of impertinence."

Last year's Cannes jury was headed by Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai.
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