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As the Venice Film Festival slate starts to unspool, its 30th annual Critics' Week lineup celebrating new directors has now been revealed. It's a nostalgic program this year, with a screening of Scottish director Peter Mullan's 1998 "Orphans" opening the sidebar, running September 2 through 12. The drama won a surfeit of prizes when it premiered on the Lido, and four years later Mullan won the Golden Lion for his chilling "The Magdalene Sisters" (2002). Read More: Venice Taps Two Auteurs to Head Juries Critics' Week will close with "Bagnoli Jungle" by Antonio Capuano, who won a Venice prize in 1991 for "Vito and the Others." The selection of mostly European titles screening in and out of competition is below. Eight of these are world premieres, and they're eligible for Venice's Golden Lion of the Future first feature prize. In Competition Ana yurdu (Motherland) by Senem Tuzen - Turkey, Greece 2015 / 98’ Banat (Il viaggio) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Rome – The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week will fete Scottish multihyphenate Peter Mullan with a special screening of “Orphans,” his 1998 directorial debut, selected as the best pic ever to screen at the independently run sidebar dedicated to first works, which celebrates its 30th edition this year.
Mullan is expected on the Lido September 3 to receive a nod and introduce a special screening of “Orphans,” which he also scripted.
The actor/director’s subsequent helming effort, “The Magdalene Sisters,” won the Venice Golden Lion in 2002.
“These have been thirty passionate years during which our section served as a launching pad for many auteurs who gained international acclaim.”
Besides “Orphans,” the five first works most voted as the section’s best by Italo »
- Nick Vivarelli
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Will Smith and Margot Robbie are now filming the highly anticipated "Suicide Squad" movie, but watch them as con artists in this crime drama, which is available June 2. The "Focus" Blu-ray/DVD combo includes the special features "Masters of Misdirection: The Players in a Con, "Will Smith: Gentleman Thief," "Margot Robbie: Stealing Hearts," deleted scenes, and an alternate opening.
Kevin Costner stars in Disney's inspirational sports drama about a successful high school cross country team in McFarland, California. The Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD all come with special features including "Juntos" music video and a featurette called "Inspiring McFarland."
This was pretty much demolished by critics, but it still has some defenders and a great »
- Gina Carbone
School’s out for summer, and the monthly changeover at Netflix is about to ensure that you’ll have plenty of different content to watch next month. A number of films will become available to stream in June, including the magnificent Nightcrawler, Martin Scorsese’s somewhat underrated The Aviator, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, and one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films, A Most Wanted Man. Additionally, last year’s critically hailed but way underseen Beyond the Lights will be available to stream, as will Transformers: Age of Extinction if you enjoy having your senses assaulted. On the TV side, Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Scandal Season 4 will become available, as will the third season of the Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black and the first season of Sense8, from creators Lana and Andy Wachowski. Check out the full list of new to Netflix titles below. »
- Adam Chitwood
New on Netflix this June: "Sense8," the new sci-fi drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix" trilogy) and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, in which eight strangers suddenly find themselves mysteriously connected. Also, look for the return of Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black" on June 12.
As for movies, you won't want to miss Jake Gyllenhaal's terrifyingly great turn in "Nightcrawler." Also new: "Life of Crime" and "Cake" with Jennifer Aniston; Philip Seymour Hoffman's last completed film, the spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man"; Gina Prince-Bythewood's acclaimed film "Beyond the Lights" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising singer; not to mention the critically panned "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace.
Below is a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in June 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered »
- Sharon Knolle
She died on Jan. 30 following a stroke in late October, her family said.
McEwan won the BAFTA TV award in 1991 for best actress for her role in “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.” She also won awards for her theater work, taking Evening Standard best actress awards for “The Rivals” in 1983 and for “The Way of the World” in 1995.
She was nominated for a Tony Award for the 1998 production of Ionesco’s “The Chairs.”
- Leo Barraclough
Geraldine McEwan, best known for playing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in a long-running television series, has died at the age of 82. In her 57 year career the much-admired character actress also appeared in films as diverse as Henry V, The Magdalene Sisters and Vanity Fair. She provided the voice of Miss Thipp in Wallace and Grommit film The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and also appeared alongside Kevin Costner and Sean Conner in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
An awkward child who found refuge in the theatre and quickly made an impression with her acting talents, the versatile McEwan had no formal training but soon progressed through Stratford and Broadway before finding her way into film. She was an avowed left-winger and was rumoured to have turned down the offer of being made a dame. She died peacefully following a stroke and is survived by her two. »
- Jennie Kermode
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