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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2

18 December 2014 4:17 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here’s a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. For the profiles below and yet to come, I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations. In many cases, I also checked in with the U.S. distributor about why they acquired the movies. Below is a look at the second group of four titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches. For »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Gun Violence Targeted In New Documentary From ‘The Reader’ Helmer Stephen Daldry

10 December 2014 3:26 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

What They Left Behind, a new documentary film chronicling the stories of three children whose lives were lost to gun violence, will premiere December 10 at the Helen Mills Theater in New York.

The film, directed by Tarik Karam and executive produced by Stephen Daldry, the Oscar-nominated director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, is being released four days in advance of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Seven-year-old Mark Barden, who was one of the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook that day, is one of the three children featured in the film. His father, Mark Barden, will be on hand for the premiere. Bill Sherlach, the husband of Mary Sherlach, the Sandy Hook school psychologist who was killed while heroically trying to protect the students, will also be present at the film’s premiere.

The film, presented by the non-profit group Sandy Hook Promise, »

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‘Exodus’ Commands $23.1M In Overseas Bow As ‘Hobbit’ Looms: Final Intl B.O.

9 December 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday Am Pt: Actuals are in from all studios with the exception of Sony. For the most part the estimates matched the final results, although Mockingjay came in slightly higher with $32.9M for a $306.6M cume, and Penguins Of Madagascar flapped up to $24.2M with a $95M cume. Also among notable upticks was Fox’s new entry, The Pyramid, with $4.2M versus the original $3.8M estimate. Next week will see Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings expand while The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies emerges from Middle Earth.

Figures have been updated below for Mockingjay Part I, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2, Big Hero 6, The Pyramid, The Book Of Life, Ouija, The Theory Of Everything, Alles Ist Liebe, Trash, Dumb And Dumber To, Black Sea, Dracula Untold, Boyhood, Men Women & Children and Billy Elliot: The Musical Live.

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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Julie Walters: 18 amazing things you might not know about her

4 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Julie Walters is one of those people who really does seem like a national treasure. She's done it all, from comedy to drama, over an amazing career that earned her a BAFTA Fellowship earlier this year.

We were lucky enough to pop along to a Q&A with Julie last night - launching BAFTA's new live strand A Life in Television - and she was funny, interesting and always entertaining. We've collected together just 18 amazing things we learned - from why Educating Rita made her cry to her crush on Hugh Bonneville to why dancing and Julie do not mix. Read on for all that and much more...

1. She cried when she first saw Educating Rita because she thought she was "terrible".

"I'd done Educating Rita on stage, Willy Russell's play, and then Lewis Gilbert came along and said, 'Do you want to be in a film, darling?' »

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Julie Walters: 18 amazing things you might not know about her

4 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julie Walters is one of those people who really does seem like a national treasure. She's done it all, from comedy to drama, over an amazing career that earned her a BAFTA Fellowship earlier this year.

We were lucky enough to pop along to a Q&A with Julie last night - launching BAFTA's new live strand A Life in Television - and she was funny, interesting and always entertaining. We've collected together just 18 amazing things we learned - from why Educating Rita made her cry to her crush on Hugh Bonneville to why dancing and Julie do not mix. Read on for all that and much more...

1. She cried when she first saw Educating Rita because she thought she was "terrible".

"I'd done Educating Rita on stage, Willy Russell's play, and then Lewis Gilbert came along and said, 'Do you want to be in a film, darling?' »

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Wicked movie rumoured for 2016?

2 December 2014 4:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A big screen version of the hit stage musical Wicked has been talked about for a number of years now. Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot) has been linked to direct but as yet no other information has been confirmed by Universal; however we may be seeing the movie adaptation a lot sooner than we first anticipated.

FilmDivider are claiming that one of their sources witnessed the Screen Film Summit presentation by Vue Cinemas CEO Tim Richards and during the slide-show Wicked was being hailed as a highlight of the 2016 release calendar.

If this is indeed the case then we should be getting some official clarification from Universal very soon as casting and production would be due to begin early next year.

Wicked is a 2003 Broadway musical – and later hit the West End – based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, which is itself an alternate adaptation of L. Frank Baum »

- Gavin Logan

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Wicked movie lining up for 2016 release

1 December 2014 10:23 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The untold story of The Wizard Of Oz's witches might just be heading to cinemas sooner than thought...

It looks like progress is being made on bringing the musical Wicked to the big screen. The last we'd heard, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) was in talks to direct the film, and producer Marc Platt said just the other week that "the movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line".

It may not be that many years, though. The untold story of the Witches Of Oz (as the musical is described) could in fact be gearing up for release in 2016, according to a new report at Film Divider. It revealed that one of the presentations at yesterday's Screen Film Summit noted that Wicked was set to be one of the highlights "of 2016's release calendar". So a bit sooner than had been though.

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Leviathan Wins Best Film At CamerImage

25 November 2014 1:15 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Poland's CamerImage, a film festival that runs each year in Bydgoszcz, is dedicated in large measure to celebrating the art of cinematography. With that craft in mind, it's perhaps no surprise that LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev's austere and striking parable of modern Russia, took home this year's big prize: the Golden Frog. Its Dp, Mikhail Krichman, also won for his cinematography. The film is Russia’s official bid for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. CamerImage 22 officially closed on with a lavish awards ceremony in the main theater of Bydgoszcz’s imposing Opera Nova opera house. Golden Frogs were bestowed on The Black Stallion and The Natural's Caleb Deschanel, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award (click here to see Breaking Bad Dp Michael Slovis explain why), The Right Stuff's Philip Kaufman, who won the corresponding award for direction, and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, Trash) for Excellence in Directing. »

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Stephen Daldry, Alan Rickman Pay Tribute to Cinematographers, Kieslowski at Camerimage

16 November 2014 7:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland – British director Stephen Daldry paid tribute to the cinematographers who he had worked alongside, when he accepted the excellence in directing award at the opening ceremony on Saturday of the 22nd edition of Camerimage, a festival in Poland devoted to the art of cinematography.

“It has been my privilege to work with some extraordinary cinematographers in my career. First of all Brian Tufano, who held my hand and told me what to do and what not to do on ‘Billy Elliot,’” Daldry said.

He went on to list the “wonderful” Seamus McGarvey on “The Hours,” and the “legendary” Chris Menges on “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

Daldry picked up Academy Award nominations in the director category for “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making him the only director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.

He finished by honoring the cinematographer on his most recent film, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Netflix Confirms Commitment To The Crown

13 November 2014 9:37 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix have finally confirmed their series commitment to the television adaptation of the hit play ‘The Audience,’ which has been in development for a number of months. The streaming service has moved to bolster its growing slate of original drama by ordering 10 episodes of The Crown from series creators Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) – both of whom are Academy Award nominees.

The play – written by Morgan – debuted in London in 2013 with Helen Mirren in the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II. Charting 60 years of her reign – from 1952 to 2012 – it conjures a chain of historically significant meetings between the Monarch and a variety of UK Prime Ministers. Mirren’s critically acclaimed performance earned her an Olivier Award for best actress, and she is set to take the role to Broadway when ‘The Audience’ opens there next year. A new version will open in the West End in London a few months later, »

- Sarah Myles

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Netflix confirms Stephen Daldry-directed The Crown

13 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

The Crown, produced by Left Bank in association with Sony Pictures Television, is a new ten-part series which is due to land on Netflix in 2016 and forms a part of the VoD service’s push into original content.

The series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II and her relationship with post-war Downing Street. It is based on the West End play The Audience, and written by The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan. The series will be directed by Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry.

Netflix implied that there was scope for further series, detailing that each season of The Crown would explore the different periods and political rivalries across Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from the age of 26.

The series will be executive produced by Left Bank chief executive Andy Harries, who produced »

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It's Official: Netflix Orders Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan's Royal Drama 'The Crown'

12 November 2014 10:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nearly six months after Netflix eyed a royal drama The Crown, the streaming service is moving forward with the drama series. Netflix announced late Wednesday that it has handed out a 10-episode series commitment to The Crown, from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and inspired by the play The Audience The play, which bowed in 2013, centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day. Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II, marking her second time in the role after she

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Stephen Daldry to Receive Camerimage Award

7 November 2014 6:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British director Stephen Daldry, who is best known for “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Billy Elliot,” will receive the Excellence in Directing Award at the Camerimage film festival.

The award recognizes “exceptional filmmakers who have changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills, and passion for their craft.”

After working in the theater, Daldry made his feature film debut with “Billy Elliot,” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination in the director category. Two more Oscar nominations came for his subsequent films “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making Daldry the only film director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.

The festival said in a statement: “Daldry is a brilliant director with great emotional sensibility and attention to detail, which makes his cinematic tales of unique individuals, struggling with various forces, all the more compelling.”

Daldry’s latest film “Trash,” which »

- Leo Barraclough

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BAFTA to Kick Off ‘Life in Television’ Event Series With Julie Walters

5 November 2014 3:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Julie Walters, the multi-bafta-winning actress with almost four decades of appearances on U.K. TV and film, will be the star of the first in a new live series from BAFTA entitled 'Life in Television' , to be held in London on Dec. 3. Alongside renowned film roles in titles such as Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, Calendar Girls and seven of eight Harry Potter titles, Walters is much-loved in the U.K. for her television appearances, in particularly alongside comedy actress, writer and director Victoria Wood in shows including Dinnerladies, Wood and Walters and Patt and Margaret. Read

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- Alex Ritman

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Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Bags Top Rome Fest Nod

25 October 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as a testing ground for distributors.

Trash,” a South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” world-preemed in Rio. Scripted by Richard Curtis, it features turns by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, alongside a mostly Brazilian cast. Universal will be releasing worldwide.

Daldry’s previous three pics, “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader,” all earned Oscar noms.

The top nod in the auteur-driven Cinema d’Oggi section went to prominent Chinese theater director Xu Ang’s “12 Citizens,” inspired by Sydney Lumet’s 1957 Hollywood classic “Twelve Angry Men.”

The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Stephen Daldry’s Trash wins top Rome award

25 October 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.Scroll down for full list of winners

The 9th Rome Film Festival (Oct 15-25) drew to a close tonight with an awards ceremony that saw Stephen Daldry’s Trash take home the Bnl People’s Choice Gala Award.

Set in Brazil, the film centres on three youngsters who make a discovery in a trash dump that puts them on the run from the police. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star in the film from Oscar-nominated Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).

It beat competition from 14 other titles including David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Steven Soderbergh’s TV series The Knick and Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme were decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Click here for red carpet pictures from Rome[p »

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

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Paddington Movie Releases New Featurette

22 October 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Arriving in theaters on January 16, 2015, the actors and filmmakers from the upcoming Paddington movie discuss the lovely Peruvian bear in this brand new featurette.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home.

Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.

It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Paddington brings together an all-star cast, with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Monuments Men) and Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham, Blue Jasmine) as Mr. »

- Michelle McCue

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Evan Rachel Wood Reportedly Dating 'The L Word' Actress Katherine Moennig

16 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Evan Rachel Wood and Katherine Moennig have sparked dating rumors after the two were spotted holding hands at an event last weekend.

Evan Rachel Wood, Kate Moennig Dating?

Wood, 27, and Moennig, 36, both attended the Hammer Museum’s annual Gala in the Garden in L.A. on Saturday, Sept. 12, and arrived together to pose one after the other at the event’s red carpet. Once inside, out bisexual Wood and Moennig, best known for playing a lesbian on Showtime’s The L Word, reportedly weren’t shy about being affectionate.

Evan Rachel Wood arrived with Kate Moennig,” a source told the New York Post's’Page Six. “They were holding hands and looked very much like a couple.” Inside, the two went off to a secluded table where they “kept close all night,” according to the insider.

A couple of days before heading to the gala together, Wood and Moennig enjoyed a »

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‘Trash’ World Preems in Rio to Applause, Gleeful Laughter

9 October 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.

There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.

Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.

All that said, “Trash” weighs in as maybe the first film from a major U.K. director – helmer of “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” “The Reader,” “Extremely Loud, »

- John Hopewell

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Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' applauded at Rio Film Festival for its non-Brazilian Brazilianness

8 October 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Are we ready for the "Brazilian answer to 'Slumdog Millionaire?'" Rio Film Festival audiences quickly granted "Trash," the latest from "The Hours" director Stephen Daldry, that label after the the film pleased crowds with comedy, child wonder, and "offshore" energy (as trades love to refer to it). Polling attendees after the film's applause-filled premiere, a Variety reporter found many locals agreed that, despite "Trash" not being a true Brazilian movie, "it is not non-Brazilian in the best sense." Many praised it for being more entertaining than most "favela" (or, Latin America slum) dramas. Whether Americans will ever see it is up in the air. Based on Andy Mulligan's young adult novel of the same name, "Trash" tells the story of three “dumpsite boys," who "make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city." Their lives spiral out of control when »

- Matt Patches

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