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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.
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
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
Netflix has more than just upcoming series Marco Polo in the works. The streaming video-on-demand service just ordered another historical epic series called The Crown based on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II. The series will span several decades of the Queen’s life, with the first 10-episode season set for release sometime in 2016. The first season will introduce viewers to 25-year-old Elizabeth, a princess set to take over her father’s throne in Britain. Netflix said each season will cover a decade of the Queen’s life. Produced by Left Bank Pictures along with Sony Pictures Television, The Crown is based on the play The Audience by Peter Morgan (who also penned the movies The Queen and Frost/Nixon). Morgan will executive produce the series along with director Stephen Daldry (from The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (also from The Queen). “‘The Crown’ is not only about »
- Bree Brouwer
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
- Lesley Goldberg
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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Freeheld, a drama based on adocumentary short, has had a difficult journey to the big screen. There have been cancellations, delays, cast-changes, funding issues, you name it. But Ellen Page stuck with it, came out, and the film powered back to life (coincidence? who knows). But it's delightful to see a still which is proof that it the movie is actually happening. For those who haven't been keeping up Freeheld this is the official "about synopsis" from the Oscar winning documentary:
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice »
- NATHANIEL R
London — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.
The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”
“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.
- Leo Barraclough
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.
The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.Scroll down for full list of winners
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).
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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.
- Michelle McCue
Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.
Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
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.
- John Hopewell
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
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »
- Zac Gille
Update: The 2015 Oscar race may be a twofer for Julianne Moore, with word that "Maps to the Stars" may sneak in a short release to qualify for the race. More details below. One of the major surprises out of this year's Toronto International Film Festival was Julianne Moore's heartbreaking, subdued work in "Still Alice." A film that could easily have shriveled up into a ball of schmaltz, Moore, along with directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, explore the debilitating effects of early onset Alzheimer's with confidence and familial tenderness. "Still Alice" doesn't twist its knife to illicit a sob-fest — the tears come naturally. When Sony Pictures Classics picked up "Still Alice" out of Tiff, a Best Actress campaign was a given. HitFix first broke the news that the film would get a qualifying release, but last week Sony Classics made it official: The studio will release Glatzer and Westmoreland's »
- Matt Patches
One of the big surprises of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was a film called Still Alice. Not many people I talked to saw it, but those that did were raving about Julianne Moore’s performance as a linguistics professor who begins showing the signs of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The consensus was that if a studio picked up the independent film and set it for release before the year was out, they would have very good odds of landing a Best Actress Oscar for Moore. And that is just what Sony Pictures Classics has done. The studio confirmed today that it will release co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel in New York and Los Angeles in December for a one-week awards qualifying run, officially entering Moore into this year’s Best Actress race. Hit the jump for more »
- Adam Chitwood
Focus World's abrupt 2015 placement of Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" isn't keeping Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore out of the Oscar game. She's back in the races with "Still Alice," Sony Pictures Classics' first Tiff buy and an awards usher for Moore, who plays a professor beset by early onset Alzheimer's. "Still Alice" reunites writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("The Last of Robin Hood") and it costars Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart, for whom word is also strong. Moore has been nominated for four Academy Awards for "Boogie Nights," "The End of the Affair," and both "The Hours" and "Far From Heaven" in 2003. In a not-so-competitive year entrance into the race is easier. She is ready to win her first Oscar. Spc plans an awards season release for "Still Alice." Reviews, and clip, below. Critics say this is a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The folks at One Way Static Records must have chanted “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, because their latest release is the soundtrack to 1992’s Candyman, a film based on Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short story, “The Forbidden.” Making its vinyl debut, the eerie soundtrack by Philip Glass is available to pre-order, and we have song samples and a look at the gatefold and cassette cover art.
Press Release - “One Way Static Records is really proud to be bring you their latest release, A release where we had the chance to work with two icons in their own respective fields!
- Derek Anderson
Julianne Moore just broke into the Oscar race, but riding an unexpected horse. Many Oscarologists believed she'd be a major contender for "Maps to the Stars," but, as Gold Derby reported last week, its distributor and producers decided to campaign only for Golden Globes, SAG, etc. Not Academy Awards. Now comes the news that Sony Pictures Classics just acquired "Still Alice" at the Toronto Film Festival with plans to jam it – and Moore -- into the current derby. -Break- That's significant because Moore is one of those rare stars who Hollywood is eager to give an overdue Oscar to. She's lost four times ("Far from Heaven," "The Hours," "The End of the Affair," "Boogie Nights"), which means she's heading into that scary Deborah Kerr/ Thelma Ritter territory as Oscar's biggest loser among actresses (they both got skunked six times). Fear of pushing Kate Winslet that far w...' »
Most eyes were on Sony Pictures Classics for a potential suitor for Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Still Alice." They have a lot of dogs in a lot of hunts, but the lead actress race was something left lacking on their awards slate. That's all changed now, as they've just made the first steps toward potentially securing Julianne Moore her long-elusive first Academy Award. In reviewing the film out of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, HitFix's Greg Ellwood called the performance "shattering" and and write that it reminiscent of her work in films like "Safe" and "The Hours. The latter film netted the actress a Best Supporting Actress nomination the same year as a lead bid for "Far from Heaven," and incidentally, that was the last time she was invited to the Oscars dance. "There are no unbelievable hysterics," said of Moore's performance as a woman struck with Alzheimer's disease. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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