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San Sebastian: ‘Club,’ ‘Shade,’ ‘Ixcanul’ Play Horizontes Latinos

18 August 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barcelona — Pablo Larrain’s “The Club,” Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s “Land and Shade” and Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul” will screen at the 63rd San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos.

A contemporary Latin America showcase, Horizontes opens with “The Club,” the latest feature from one of Latin America’s directors who has built his career most wisely, now directing “Neruda,” with Gael Garcia Bernal, his biggest film to date, and then due to direct Natalie Portman in the Insiders-sold “Jackie,” about Jacqueline Kennedy’s first four days after the death of John F. Kennedy, produced by Darren Aronofsky.

It was, however, “The Club” which persuaded Portman to take on that role. A critically lauded parable about Catholic church abuse sold by Funny Balloons, which turns on a group of disgraced priests, “Club” won a Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

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- Emilio Mayorga

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Monday’s best TV

16 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Natalie Dormer stars in The Scandalous Lady W, Andrew Marr on Churchill the artist in Blood, Sweat And Oil Paint, and the start of fact-based 80s New York drama Show Me A Hero. Plus: Anna Richardson delves into Revenge Porn and Panorama investigates Trouble At The Post Office

In her final botanical biography of the series, Carol Klein asks us to consider the water lily, one of nature’s most recognisable flowers. Examining the far eastern etymology of the flower, it soon becomes clear that the humble aquatic herb has quite the backstory to tell, stretching to prehistoric times. That longevity might just have something to do with the plant’s ability to adapt to so many environments, even managing to master an overnight colour and sex change. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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- Mark Gibbings-Jones, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Jonathan Wright, Gwilym Mumford, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Paul Howlett

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9 reasons why Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic - you won't believe how much money she donated to charity

30 July 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As Jk Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, one thing is clear about the Harry Potter author - she is a magical force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and entertainment.

In honour of her big day on Friday (July 31), we revisit nine times we fell in love with the incredible lady.

1. She takes down Twitter trolls

.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn't just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015

Where some celebs go straight to the block button, Jk isn't afraid to confront idiot tweeters head on. When one user made unsavoury comments about her opposition to the Scottish National Party, she hit right back with a crack about penis enlargers.

.@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI »

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9 reasons why awe-inspiring Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic

30 July 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As Jk Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, one thing is clear about the Harry Potter author - she is a magical force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and entertainment.

In honour of her big day on Friday (July 31), we revisit nine times we fell in love with the incredible lady.

1. She takes down Twitter trolls

.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn't just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015

Where some celebs go straight to the block button, Jk isn't afraid to confront idiot tweeters head on. When one user made unsavoury comments about her opposition to the Scottish National Party, she hit right back with a crack about penis enlargers.

.@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI »

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House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015: Full Winners List

10 May 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s just concluded tonight in London and so we’ve got the full list of those hard-working stars of the small screen, who excel in one of the fastest changing formats of entertainment and impressing more and more all the time, it’s the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 winners! The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and was broadcast on BBC HD.

There were two awards for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, with Jason Watkins receiving his career-first BAFTA in the hotly contested Leading Actor category. In the Supporting Actress category Gemma Jones, who was last nominated in 1977, received her first ever BAFTA, for Marvellous, the feature-length biopic of Neil Baldwin. Marvellous was also successful against strong competition in the Single Drama category. Georgina Campbell won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her harrowing portrayal of a victim of »

- Dan Bullock

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Counter-documentaries: when subjects of investigation go on the attack

4 May 2015 12:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There’s a new trend in film, as organisations targeted by documentary-makers – such as the Church of Scientology – produce films discrediting their accusers. But are they enriching or endangering the discussion?

Recently Louis Theroux revealed that the Church of Scientology is looking to neutralise his forthcoming documentary about them by producing their very own film about him. In the Us there’s a saying that “the best defence is a good offence” and L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the religion, was a believer: “Don’t ever defend, always attack,” he once instructed his followers.

It’s not surprising then, that such “counter-documentaries” are a staple of the Church. They’ve done one on John Sweeney, the Panorama presenter who memorably lost his cool while interviewing Scientology’s then chief spokesman; they’ve done one on CNN’s Anderson Cooper and they’re likely to do one on any public »

- Fred Wagner

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Counter-documentaries: when subjects of investigation go on the attack

4 May 2015 12:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There’s a new trend in film, as organisations targeted by documentary-makers – such as the Church of Scientology – produce films discrediting their accusers. But are they enriching or endangering the discussion?

Recently Louis Theroux revealed that the Church of Scientology is looking to neutralise his forthcoming documentary about them by producing their very own film about him. In the Us there’s a saying that “the best defence is a good offence” and L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the religion, was a believer: “Don’t ever defend, always attack,” he once instructed his followers.

It’s not surprising then, that such “counter-documentaries” are a staple of the Church. They’ve done one on John Sweeney, the Panorama presenter who memorably lost his cool while interviewing Scientology’s then chief spokesman; they’ve done one on CNN’s Anderson Cooper and they’re likely to do one on any public »

- Fred Wagner

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Cumberbatch secures sixth BAFTA TV nomination

8 April 2015 4:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for the third time as leading actor in his BBC role of Sherlock. This marks his sixth nomination for this category in his career.  

Cumberbatch received a Best Actor Oscar nomination earlier this year for his role as Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.

The nominations, announced on Wednesday by actors Freddie Fox and Amanda Abbington, place Cumberbatch in a category alongside three others.

Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.

James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) also received a leading actor nomination for The Missing, in addition to Jason Watkins (The Golden Compass) for his role in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries.  

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- mam27@bu.edu (Monica Mendoza)

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BAFTA Television Awards 2015 Nominations Announced

8 April 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The nominations for 2015’s House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards have been announced this morning, seeing Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch among the nominees and Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty all receiving three nominations each.

Following a ‘Leading Actress’ triumph for her role in Broadchurch last year, Colman has received a ‘Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ nomination for BBC Two sitcom Rev - an impressive fifth nomination in four consecutive years.

Meanwhile, Coleman’s co-star Tom Hollander has also been nominated for his role in Rev (‘Male Performance in a Comedy Programme’), seeing the pair compete with W1A’s Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville respectively, another show in which Coleman has appeared.

Tamsin Greig (Episodes) and Catherine Tate (Catherine Tate’s Nan) have also received nominations in the female category, with Matt Berry (Toast Of London) and Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys »

- Mike McCarthy

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Benedict Cumberbatch, James Corden Among Nominees for BAFTAs

8 April 2015 2:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards for the third time for his role in “Sherlock,” while James Corden is on the short-list as the co-creator of comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans.”

Olivia Colman will be vying for a BAFTA for a fourth consecutive year as she is nominated for female performance in comedy show “Rev.

Among those shows receiving multiple BAFTA nominations are “Marvellous,” “The Missing,” “Happy Valley” and “Line of Duty.”

Marvellous,” which is the true story of Neil Baldwin, who refused to let the label of being someone learning difficulties hold him back, received nominations for single drama, leading actor for Toby Jones and supporting actress for Gemma Jones.

Child abduction tale “The Missing” sees nominations for leading actor for James Nesbitt, supporting actor for Ken Stott and drama series.

Crime thriller “Happy Valley” picked up nominations for Sarah Lancashire as leading actress, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Outrage Watch: Zoe Saldana and Ellen DeGeneres disagree on this Dolce and Gabbana boycott

23 March 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the March 19, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Ellen DeGeneres is on board with Elton John's Dolce and Gabbana boycott while Zoe Saldana...isn't, apparently. "No! Not at all," she told E! News on the GLAAD Awards red carpet when asked if she would be boycotting the designers after the two came out against gay adoption and in vitro fertilization in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama. "That would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice...People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn't have chosen to be so public about something that's such a personal thing." The "Avatar" actress added later: "Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why »

- Chris Eggertsen

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BBC counts the cost of Jeremy Clarkson’s off-road rage for Top Gear | Letters

13 March 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

“Hodge’s apoplexy and Clarkson’s punch-up are expressions of ordinary human emotions,” says Simon Jenkins (Bullying? Rude? Maybe, but we need our leaders to lose it, 12 March). Maybe, but he blurs an important distinction between righteous anger and narcissistic rage. The adrenaline may be the same, but the aetiology is quite different. What led Margaret Hodge to “lose it” was her impatience with the intransigence of wrongdoers (Hodge ‘bullied’ Hsbc executives, says Tory, 11 March). What caused Jeremy Clarkson to hit out was simply wounded pride (BBC suspends Clarkson after fracas, 11 March). What she did was just and praiseworthy. What he did was puerile and rude.

Jeremy Goring

St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

Simon Jenkins may be right in asking “What presenter has not wanted to punch a producer from time to time?”  Speaking from the perspective of a long-serving producer, I can say that it is frequently a mutual feeling. »

- Letters

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Best of Fest – Docs: Citizenfour Continues Historic Run, Patricio Guzmán Makes Triumphant Return

3 March 2015 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Award season as come to a close, and we’ve all been witness to what is a historic unprecedented run for one urgent film. The ripple became a wave when we were on hand to witness Laura Poitras collect multiple awards at the Cinema Eye Honors, and as predicted, the Academy Awards capped off a historic awards season run with an Oscar win. Here is our roundup and recap of the previous month’s film festival and award season headlines related to the docu film world.

Academy Awards

While Citizenfour took home the award for best documentary of the year, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry’s Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 was given the Oscar for best short doc.

Berlin International Film Festival - Germany – February 5th – February 15th

When Darren Aronofsky and his presiding jury members announced the Berlinale winners, Patricio Guzmán’s long awaited follow-up to Nostalgia For The Light, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Monday’s best TV

1 March 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fergal Keane explores voters’ basic ambitions and desires in Panorama, Rick Stein cooks up wallaby down under, Martin Clunes takes on Conan Doyle and a trio of mathematicians try to get to the root of climate change

First of a four-part series-within-a-series presented by Fergal Keane. As the general election looms, Keane takes the cue to wonder whether there is anything politicians are doing – or could do – to enable more people to realise what have long been thought the most basic of ambitions: owning their home; doing work they enjoy; feeling as if they belong where they live; and maintaining confidence that things will improve in the future. A useful reality check for voters and office-seekers alike. Andrew Mueller

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- Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Jack Seale, Jonathan Wright, Graeme Virtue, Ben Arnold and Rachel Aroesti

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Adult Swim's best, weirdest and most disturbing stuff

10 February 2015 9:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dive into the murkier depths of late night TV with some of the finest quality weird available from the folks behind Too Many Cooks

Has watching Too Many Cooks 108 times left you feeling empty and craving more? After experiencing the 80s-sitcom-inspired gore-heavy fever dream, are you one of the many out there still experiencing symptoms of boredom when faced with standard-issue primetime TV fare, disgust at unnecessaries like plot and likable characters, as well as a deep-seated need to re-watch Alf and Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers? If you have this problem, if no amount of trawling YouTube can help… maybe you should stick around here and let me lead you through some Cooks-alike stuff from Adult Swim’s current shows and back catalogue…

…but, before we delve in, hold up and consider. I must warn you that prolonged exposure to low-fi fuzzy VHS visuals, warped sound, and subverted TV »

- louisamellor

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Berlin: Cj Entertainment’s Hit Slate Scores Asian Sales

9 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Let Hoi Decide,” the Korean-financed Vietnamese romantic comedy that has just broken box office records in Vietnam, has been picked up for release in Australia by the Mingyo group and for release in Taiwan by Precious Time Group.

“C’est Si Bon,” which this weekend opened on top of the Korean box office chart, was picked up by Deltamac for Hong Kong, by Dreamwest for Australia and New Zealand and by Emphasis for airline rights.

Period erotic title “Empire of Lust” was pre-bought by Cai Chang for Taiwan. Action drama “Veteran,” directed by Ryo Seung-wan, was pre-bought by Precious Media for Taiwan and by Sky Media for airlines.

The new sales deals are in addition to previously announced sales on “Ode to My Father,” which plays in Berlin’s Panorama section, and this weekend became the second most watched Korean movie of all time with more than 13 million tickets sold, »

- Patrick Frater

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BBC documentary Reinventing the Royals given new air date

4 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A BBC Two documentary that suggests 'spin' was used by the royal family to regain favour with the public after the death of Princess Diana has been handed a new air date.

Reinventing the Royals will now air on Thursday, February 19 at 9pm, nearly two months after it was pulled from the schedules due to legal intervention.

The programme was originally scheduled to air on January 4, but the BBC's head of news and current affairs James Harding is thought to have ordered that it be pulled.

"Before Christmas, it became clear that there were issues relating to the clearance of archive footage in the forthcoming programme Reinventing the Royals," a BBC spokesman said in a statement.

"These issues have now been resolved and all the archive material we planned to use is included in the finished programme.

"The first episode of Reinventing the Royals will be broadcast on 19th »

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Broadchurch drops to new low of 4.7m, Silent Witness up to 5.7m

3 February 2015 2:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Broadchurch fell to a new low rating on Monday, overnight data reveals.

The ITV drama dropped by around 400,000 viewers from last week to an average 4.76 million (19.7%) at 9pm (530k/3.3% on +1). Earlier, Richard Wilson's On the Road brought in 2.86m (12.3%) at 8pm (120k/0.5%).

BBC One's Silent Witness topped the night, rising by 200k from last week to 5.73m (23.7%) at 9pm. Inside Out appealed to 3.81m (17.3%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama interested 2.77m (11.8%) at 8.30pm.

On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.93m (12.5%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.28m (9.7%) at 8.30pm. A Cook Abroad gathered 1.56m (6.5%) at 9pm, while Backchat amused 850k (4.8%) at 10pm.

Channel 4's The Jump entertained 1.76m (7.5%) at 8pm (232k/1.0%), dropping by around 800k from Sunday's launch show. The Undateables was seen by 1.76m (7.3%) at 9pm (434k/2.8%), while Catastrophe tickled 639k (3.7%) at 10pm (141k/1.6%).

On Channel 5, Celebrity Big Brother continued with 1.35m (5.8%) at 8pm (318k/1.3%), climbing »

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Cliff Richard raid and Fake Sheik nominated for Scoop of the Year at Rts awards

30 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC's coverage of the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house has been nominated for Scoop of the Year at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards 2013/14.

The singer's home was searched by South Yorkshire Police in August following allegations of historical sex abuse - claims that have been described as as "completely false" by Richard.

Both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police were criticised over the coverage, prompting a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry. The report stated that police should not have cooperated with the BBC after a journalist discovered information about the search.

The coverage is up against Panorama's Fake Sheikh Exposed documentary, along with BBC Northern Ireland's A Woman Alone With The Ira.

The Panorama special centred around Mazher Mahmood, who had exposed various individuals in the tabloids while posing as a fake sheikh. The documentary arrived after he was accused of "serious misconduct »

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‘Blue Blood’ to Open Berlin Festival’s Panorama Section

16 January 2015 5:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Brazilian production “Sangue azul” (Blue Blood), directed by Lirio Ferreira, will open the main program of the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 5.

The film, which won top prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, is the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family’s past.

Panorama Special will open on February 6 with two films. First up is Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein’s directorial debut, “600 Millas” (600 Miles), in which a young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, finds himself stuck with a U.S. military veteran, played by Tim Roth.

The other film is German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest work, “Härte” (Tough Love), which tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in the pic, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately »

- Leo Barraclough

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