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Suffragette has the distinct honour of opening the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, and also sets the theme for this year; women, and women in film. This superb drama revolves around the suffrage movement from the early part of the last century, and their constant campaigning for women’s right to vote.
The story begins in 1912, and centers on a small group of women within the movement that was led by Emmeline Pankhurst, here played by Meryl Streep. Leading the cast is Carey Mulligan, who appears as Maud Watts, a married, 24-year-old laundry worker from Bethnal Green in East London, who lives in a low-income home with her husband Sonny (played by Ben Whishaw), and young son. The film follows her story, and her integration into the feminist movement, and her involvement with »
- Paul Heath
The 77-year-old actress has won two best actress Oscars in her decades-long career, but has not received a nomination in 28 years. This year, however, she has been generating major Oscar buzz for a supporting actress nomination after a short, but very strong, performance in director Paolo Sorrentino‘s Youth, in which she plays an aging movie star.
Fonda’s role in the film is hardly more than a cameo, with her screen time barely exceeding five minutes, and yet that could be enough for her to earn a best supporting actress nomination. Limited screen time does not necessarily bar an actress from the Oscars, and a few performances that are even shorter than Fonda »
- Patrick Shanley
So you're jonesing for some nostalgia, are you? Look no further than Netflix, because in addition to all its newly available movies, the streaming service has plenty of classics to laugh at and cry at and to generally fill you with fuzzy feelings. There are a ton of comedies from the stars of '90s, plus dramas like Shakespeare in Love. How are you not on Netflix watching these right now? Well, don't go yet - take a look at all your options below first! »
- Maggie Pehanick
The leading lights of the TV series romp through a mash-up Shakespeare in Love and Blackadder
The players of TV’s terrific Horrible Histories romp their way through this entertaining mash-up of Shakespeare in Love and Blackadder II. Mathew Baynton is the titular Bill Shakespeare, recently ditched by lute-beat combo Mortal Coil, now off to make his mark as a London playwright. Encounters with Christopher Marlowe and the Earl of Croydon open theatrical doors, although the real behind-the-scenes director is Spain’s King Phillip II (Ben Willbond, co-writing with Laurence Rickard), who’s planning to kill Helen McCrory’s frazzle-toothed Elizabeth. Nicely balancing its historically literate gags with broad knockabout slapstick, Bill is a crowd-pleasing treat that should tickle audiences young and old alike.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The Horrible Histories team present the early life of the Bard in an entertaining, panto-ish romp
Related: Silly Billy: the Horrible Histories team take Shakespeare to the movies
From the people who brought you the Cbbc TV show Horrible Histories comes the latest iteration of the franchise. This feature is a very funny, if derivative panto-ish romp about the early life of Shakespeare. There are hints of the Carry Ons, Blackadder and especially Python, with one gag that must surely be a specific homage to Holy Grail. Shakespeare is played by Mathew Baynton with a soft-spoken intensity that Ben Whishaw might admire. This Bill originally played lead lute in a Stratford band called Mortal Coil; sacked for his self-indulgent solos, Bill was forced to take up literature. His meeting with Christopher Marlowe is not dissimilar from the way Tom Stoppard imagined it in Shakespeare in Love. Spy chief Sir Francis »
- Peter Bradshaw
This whimsical imagining of William Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ certainly pays one or two playful homages to that other less-than-accurate biopic, but its real heritage can be traced to Monty Python and Blackadder. In the fashion of the former, the sextet of main actors, already known for their ensemble work on Cbbc’s Horrible Histories and Sky’s Yonderland, share the majority of the roles between them. Each has a main role, and Mathew Baynton proves a lovably optimistic Shakespeare at the heart of it all. Yet it is the minor characters – ‘the body collector’ and ‘sausage guy’ being particular favourites – who bring this world to life.
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John Madden (Shakespeare In Love) is directing the film, which will see Chastain playing “a powerful lobbyist who sacrifices her career on Federal Hill in order to successfully pass an amendment enforcing stricter gun control laws.” It will mark the second time Chastain and Madden have worked together after 2010’s The Debt.
Christophe Lambert, CEO of EuropaCorp said: “The film’s subject matter of gun control is an incredibly important issue in today’s world…..John Madden and Jessica Chastain bring with them such a high level of artistry, making Miss Sloane a perfect addition to the EuropaCorp slate.”
- Scott J. Davis
(Press Release, September 12, 2015) – In the midst of a highly competitive film marketplace at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, EuropaCorp has partnered with FilmNation Entertainment to produce the political »
- Ryan Adams
EuropaCorp has acquired worldwide rights to “Miss Sloane,” Variety has learned.
The gun control drama was one of the hot packages going into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and the auction for the picture was highly competitive. The film stars Jessica Chastain and is directed by John Madden of “Shakespeare in Love” fame. Production is slated to take place in 2016.
FilmNation put the project together. It will partner with EuropaCorp on the film and produce the picture.
“Miss Sloane” is the second notable sale of Toronto, after Paramount acquire the Meryl Streep biopic “Florence Foster Jenkins” earlier on Saturday. The market, which is now in its third day, has gotten off to a sluggish start, as buyers seem to be wary of the feverish bidding at Sundance last winter that led to a string of underperforming titles at the summer box office.
First-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera wrote “Miss Sloane, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Matt Damon put Robinson Crusoe to shame as an astronaut stranded on Mars and Sandra Bullock tried to spin doctor an unpopular Bolivian president into re-election during the second day of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The big winner from the galas and premieres that unfolded on Friday was Damon’s “The Martian.” The 20th Century Fox release impressed audiences and critics with its gripping and often very funny survival story that will likely factor into this year’s awards season race, not to mention score at the box office. “It’s okay to laugh,” director Ridley Scott assured the audience before the lights went down during the premiere at the Roy Thomson Hall.
On stage prior to the screening, Scott was flanked by an eclectic company of actors, ranging from dramatic stars like Jessica Chastain to performers known for lighter material such as Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig. On paper, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
The producer joins writer Andrew Davies and BBC executives to talk about literary adaptation.
Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of Shakespeare In Love and founder of The Weinstein Company alongside brother Bob, has joined the ‘War And Peace’ panel taking place at Mipcom, the global market for entertainment content to be held in Cannes, France, October 5-8.
The panel, which focuses on the business strategy and creative process behind forthcoming BBC television epic War And Peace, includes the series’ writer Andrew Davies (The Three Musketeers) alongside Weinstein, who is an exec producer on the series, Simon Vaughan, CEO of production company LookoutPoint, and BBC executives Faith Penhale and Ben Donald.
The session will also feature a preview of six-part series, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea. It is scheduled to air on the BBC in late 2015/early 2016. »
Miramax is moving forward in its quest to attract a buyer.
The indie studio behind “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love” has tapped Morgan Stanley to attract bidders for the company and hopes to sell for $1 billion or more, according to a report in Bloomberg.
A spokesperson for Morgan Stanley declined to comment and a spokesperson for Miramax did not immediately respond to a request for comment. QInvest, the Qatari investment bank, will serve as co-adviser, the Bloomberg report states, citing unnamed sources.
Qatar, Colony and construction magnate Ron Tutor led the consortium of investors that bought Miramax in 2010 from the Walt Disney Co. for $660 million. Tutor later sold his stake to Qatar Holding. The new ownership aggressively mined the studio’s library of award-winning films, signing distribution agreements with streaming services like Netflix. In 2013, the Weinstein Company signed multi-year co-production and development pact to create sequels »
- Brent Lang
ITV has dropped the first look at Jekyll & Hyde, the upcoming 10-part action-adventure drama from ITV Studios. Tom Bateman (Da Vinci's Demons), Richard E Grant and Coronation Street‘s Natalie Gumede star in the series that’s infused with mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi. It’s based on an idea conceived by British actor and author Charlie Higson and inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. Bateman, who’s hot off a West End run in Shakespeare In Love, plays… »
British costume designer Sandy Powell has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards -- winning on 3 occasions (for "Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria"). And it seems like a near certainty she'll be extending that count in some way or another this year. Powell designed the costumes for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," in both occasions dressing Cate Blanchett in endlessly stunning ensembles. Will it be enough for Oscar #4? That all depends on what voters think of the work of Paco Delgado ("The Danish Girl"), Odile Dicks-Mireau ("Brooklyn"), Jacqueline Durran ("MacBeth" and "Pan") and Courtney Hoffman ("The Hateful Eight"), among others. Some trivia though: If Powell were to win, she'd have the third most Costume Design Oscars in history, behind Irene Sharaff (who has 5 from 15 nominations) and the legend Edith Head (who has 8 from a stunning 35 nominations). Best »
- Peter Knegt
Want to win “Strangerland” on DVD or Blu-Ray *And* movie poster? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries Must be in by 6Pm Est on Wednesday August 19th and winner will be announced on the 20th. The winner will receive the prize pack in the mail. Sorry U.S. Only. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Nicole Kidman leads the superb cast featuring Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, “American Horror Story: Asylum”) Strangerland is the feature film debut for award-wining director, Kim Farrant,whose short films, The Secret Sid of Me, Alias, [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Crash, alongside Driving Miss Daisy and Shakespeare in Love, is often cited as one of the least deserving Best Picture winners of all time. In 2006 Paul Haggis’ drama about intersecting lives and prejudices in La was a surprise Best Picture winner (Haggis also scooped Best Director), much to the chagrin of many who felt the alternate options (namely Brokeback Mountain and Munich) were stronger.
Now, almost a decade after his greatest triumph, Haggis is willing to concede that opinion might be valid.
Talking to Hitfix, the director admitted the other movies exhibited superior artistry:
“Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. “Good Night and Good Luck,” amazing film. “Capote,” terrific film. Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” great film. And Spielberg’s “Munich.” I mean please, what a year. “
Haggis sees Crash more as “social experiment »
- Daniel Kelly
Ten years on and people are still smarting about how the 2005 Best Picture Oscar race went down. It was a banner year with the favourite being "Brokeback Mountain" whilst "Munich," "Good Night And Good Luck" and "Capote" offered some very serious and healthy competition.
Yet when the award was announced, it was Paul Haggis' "Crash" that look home the big gong (along with best original screenplay) and no-one has really forgiven the Academy ever since. These days it's often the pin-up child of "that time the Oscars got it wrong," taking over from the position that "Shakespeare in Love" had occupied for several years.
That's not to say it was a bad film by any means, "Crash" certainly got its healthy share of rave reviews and it did touch a raw nerve in American society at the time. Haggis himself forged ahead with a strong career and returns to »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
The biting satire on friendship, ageing, the English middle classes and the housing bubble will be published in the UK this month by Random House subsidiary Cornerstone.
The Sunshine Cruise Company follows two 60 year-old women from a small Dorset town who have been friends since school.
On the surface Susan Frobisher has it all – a lovely house and a long marriage to accountant Barry. Life has not been so kind to Julie Wickham, but now, with several failed businesses and bad relationships behind »
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The investor group that controls Miramax is looking to put the company up for sale, Bloomberg reports. A source confirmed to Deadline that Miramax has been talking with banks about a sale but said discussions are only preliminary. Miramax’s 700-odd movie library includes Oscar winners Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Pulp Fiction and other distinctive titles that might fetch as much as $1 billion, sources told the news service. The $1 billion price tag may be… »
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