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Lesley Sharp webchat – your questions answered on football, female roles and lipsyncing with David Tennant

Currently starring in Simon Stephens’ version of The Seagull, Lesley Sharp talked about creating characters with Mike Leigh, teaming up with Suranne Jones, writing her first novel – and the joy of animated caterpillars

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That’s all for today!

Thanks very much - great questions! It's been lovely. Farewell!

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maxine64 says:

Hi Lesley, I love everything you’ve done, you’re an inspiration. What has been your favourite thing so far, and is there something you’re longing to do but haven’t yet?

Actually, The Seagull is one of the things I've longed to do for a very long time. Going on stage is always a process that causes anxiety and nervousness. You don't know whether you'll end up with something you can wholeheartedly commit to for the length of time you've got to perform it. This has been one of those moments that is intensely pleasurable - the play,
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The Ritual movie review: into the woods

MaryAnn’s quick take… A horror movie for grownups, dripping with the dread of a fairy tale of yore, primitive and atavistic, drawing on profound human pain and fear. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I usually don’t find horror movies scary

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Life lesson from The Ritual: There’s no such thing as a “shortcut” through a deep dark ancient forest. Four British friends, former university pals — Rafe Spall (Swallows and Amazons), Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali (Doctor Who), and Sam Troughton (Vera Drake) — are on a hiking weekend in a hilly Swedish wilderness when one of them hurts his knee, badly. But cutting through the woods — the lodge is right on the other side, according to their map — turns out to be, er, a really bad idea.
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“The Shape of Water” wins the Golden Lion at Venice

Over the weekend, the 2017 Venice Film Festival handed out their awards, with Guillermo del Toro’s ravenously received The Shape of Water taking the top prize. While the Golden Lion isn’t quite an Academy Award barometer, it’s nothing to sneeze at either. This marks an important point in the road, as things are heating up. We’re not yet at the precursor season, but any feather in your hat right now is a boon for a contender. As such, del Toro has to consider himself in a very nice place. The next few months will still be about getting the proverbial ducks in a row. The real fun is still to come. Obviously, the Golden Lion went to del Toro’s highly praised movie, as The Shape of Water got the first big awards season boost. It took home the top prize, while other highlighted winners include Charlie Plummer
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Otd: Vera Drake and Lily Tomlin

On this day (Sept 1st) in showbiz history...

1934 Metro Goldwyn Mayer releases their first animated short, The Discontented Canary. It wasn't Oscar nominated but they soon begin to crash Walt Disney's stranglehold on that particular category back then, with nearly annual nominations (for a time) beginning in 1939 (Peace on Earth) and regular wins in the 1940s thanks largely to the Tom & Jerry series. 

1952 Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea is first published. It wins the Pulitzer and gets adapted to the movies twice, the first time as a feature in 1958 with Spencer Tracy and the second time as an Oscar winning Russian animated short in 1999 which was painted on glass. 

1977 Blondie signed their first major record company contract. Whatever happened to that Debbie Harry biopic we were supposed to get? Wasn't it going to star Kiki Dunst or was that just our Tfe fantasy?

2004 Mike Leigh's
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Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!

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Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!Scott Goodyer6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am

It's no secret that we at Cineplex adore movies. But there are plenty of other reasons to visit our theatres - every month we bring special features and old classics to the big screen as part of Cineplex Events programming. Check out some highlights from our July Events list below.

For full details and showtimes for each event, click on their titles! The Old Vic's The Crucible - July 2nd

From London's West End, Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.

In a small tight-knit community in Salem, Massachusetts, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition,
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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Read More: Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career

This week: “BoJack Horseman” reveals its Fyc campaign (and it’s pretty great), while “Underground” fights for a new home and showrunners celebrate Jessica Chastain.

#UndergroundOnNetflix

The disappointing news that Wgn America will not be green-lighting a third season of “Underground” led to social media calls for other services and networks to pick up the series.

One person who thinks that sounds like a great idea? “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien, who even made sure to
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Spec Script About Underground Abortion Service Acquired by Amazon

From “Roe v. Wade: The Debate over Abortion”: Mathangi Ganesh/YouTube

Amazon could be bringing the story of underground abortion providers in Chicago to the cinema. Per Deadline, the studio has obtained “This Is Jane,” a spec screenplay by Dan Loflin (“Supernatural”). The script is based on Laura Kaplan’s non-fiction book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.” A director isn’t attached yet.

“The Story of Jane” “follows a Chicago woman who founded and maintained the underground abortion service ‘Jane,’ a group of women who taught themselves how to perform abortions in the years before Roe V. Wade,” Deadline summarizes. “For four years, from 1968 to 1973, they helped over 11,000 women by providing safe — albeit illegal — services to women denied by the medical establishment. They also provided health education and counseling.”

“I’m excited that my book ‘The Story of Jane’ will become a film,” Kaplan commented. “Twenty years after the book’s publication, and more than 40 years after the events it recounts, Jane’s history is more important now than ever. It tells the true story of what women were willing to do to help other women.”

The news of a “This Is Jane” film comes at a time when many pro-choice U.S. citizens are fearing that illegal, at-home abortions will be the new normal (again). The much-maligned Gop healthcare bill — which still requires Senate approval — would bar any federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. And in April the fascist-in-chief signed a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Hopefully, “This Is Jane” will galvanize anyone who thinks abortion should be outlawed.

Loflin developed the screenplay for “This Is Jane” with Peter Heller. The former will serve as exec producer and the latter will produce. John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions is also producing.

Stories about the necessity of legal abortion and reproductive rights are vital, especially now. But they are primarily women’s issues, so we’re concerned that only men seem to be attached to “This Is Jane.” Here’s hoping that a woman is hired to helm this incredible feminist story about women supporting each other when the government would not.

Films like “Vera Drake” and “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” have explored the repercussions underground abortions have on both patients and providers, as have episodes of Heidi Thomas’ “Call the Midwife.” The last few years have also seen several documentaries exploring reproductive rights in the U.S. including Tracy Droz Tragos’ “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” and Dawn Porter’s “Trapped.”

Recently, producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward announced their plans to bring the story of Roe v. Wade to the big screen. Jennifer Majka (“Beautiful Devils”) will write the script about the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that granted women in the U.S. the right to safe, legal abortion for Owen and Hayward’s Monumental Pictures. No word yet on a director.

Spec Script About Underground Abortion Service Acquired by Amazon was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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I am Heath Ledger, Obsession and Singin' in the Rain top our May Events Guide!

I am Heath Ledger, Obsession and Singin' in the Rain top our May Events Guide!I am Heath Ledger, Obsession and Singin' in the Rain top our May Events Guide!Scott Goodyer5/1/2017 10:17:00 Am

With the month of May now upon us, we flip over to a new and diverse list of movies and special features screening in our Events calendar. Whether you are a fan of the movie classics or a fan of Mozart - we have something for everybody!

So check out the list below highlighting some of our showings and for the full list of events - click here!

May 4th: I Am Heath Ledger

I Am Heath Ledger is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Film Gets Christmas Day Release

After the announcement that production kicked off on Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-LewisThere Will Be Blood reunion, things have been fairly quiet from the London set. With a working title of Phantom Thread, we know the film “illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society,” but not much else. Also starring Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies, Another Year), Richard Graham (Vera Drake, Titanic), and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man, Hanna), another piece of the puzzle has arrived: we now know when the film will arrive.

Considering PTA’s usually extensive post-production process and the initial vague release window of late 2017, it’s not necessarily a surprise, but during the Focus Features presentation at Cinema Con today, a Christmas Day release was confirmed. Presumably a limited debut with a wider release in January, there’s currently no other limited releases scheduled
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Lesley Manville and Richard Graham Join Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Film

At long last, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-LewisThere Will Be Blood reteam — which is set in the 1950s fashion industry in London — began production over the last few days, but aside from some photographic proof, Focus Features have been silent regarding the additional cast and crew. With a working title of Phantom Thread, a few readers have done some digging and we’ve got a few more members to add to the ensemble.

First up, taking a page from Mike Leigh’s handbook, Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies, Another Year) and Richard Graham (Vera Drake, Titanic) have both joined the film, as noted on talent agency pages. An actress spotted in set photos has also been identified as Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man, Hanna). For hailing from Luxembourg, she’d certainly fit the initial casting net of “young actresses of Eastern European descent” for the female lead, so
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Celebrating the movie roles of Eddie Marsan

Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016

We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...

Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.

On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg
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Will This Be the Year Annette Bening Finally Wins an Oscar?

Annette Bening in 20th Century Women (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Over the course of her career, Annette Bening has been nominated for four Oscars. That, of course, shouldn’t come as a surprise because this is one extremely talented lady. What might shock you, though, is that Bening has taken home zero of those coveted statuettes — but this could all change with her latest work: 20th Century Women.

Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker) returns with another work he both directed and wrote the screenplay for — and it has the distinction of holding its world premiere on October 8 at the 54th New York Film Festival as the Centerpiece film this year.

The movie is a comedy based in Santa Barbara in the late 1970s and is the story of three women — Bening as single Dorothea Fields, a single mother to teenaged son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann); Greta Gerwig as Abbie,
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Venice: Emma Stone Wins Best Actress Prize for ‘La La Land’

Venice: Emma Stone Wins Best Actress Prize for ‘La La Land’
Venice, Italy — Emma Stone won the Venice Film Festival’s best actress prize Saturday for her role as Mia, an aspiring actress and playwright who’s deep into the magic of the old movie stars, in Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land.”

In a recent interview with Variety at the Telluride Film Festival where the film saw its North American debut, Stone talked about identifying with the character of Mia.

“I definitely understood the feeling of moving to Los Angeles and having a dream to be an actor in films and to get to be a part of things that I loved and inspire people in some way,” she said. “It’s pretty insane that we’re talking about this movie and it’s something that I’m so proud and excited to be a part of, when that is the goal of the character, is to be a part of something like this.
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Spall, Lumley, Imrie join Protagonist rom-com 'Finding Your Feet'

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Spall, Lumley, Imrie join Protagonist rom-com 'Finding Your Feet'
Exclusive: Cast assembles for silver dollar rom-com from director Richard Loncraine.

Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie) are to join Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) in Richard Loncraine’s (Wimbledon) silver dollar rom-com Finding Your Feet.

Protagonist is handling sales on the package which was snapped up by eOne for UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand in Cannes.

The film’s shoot is due to get underway in November and December 2016 in London’s Twickenham Studios and on location in Rome, Italy.

Also joining the cast is veteran film, TV and theatre actor David Hayman (Macbeth).

In Finding Their Feet, when ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister. Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating
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Spall, Lumley, Imrie join Protagonist dance comedy 'Finding Your Feet'

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Spall, Lumley, Imrie join Protagonist dance comedy 'Finding Your Feet'
Exclusive: Cast assembles for silver dollar rom-com sold by Protagonist.

Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie) are to join Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) in Richard Loncraine’s (Wimbledon) silver dollar rom-com Finding Your Feet.

Protagonist is handling sales on the package which was snapped up by eOne for UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand in Cannes.

The film’s shoot is due to get underway in November and December 2016 in London’s Twickenham Studios and on location in Rome, Italy.

Also joining the cast is veteran film, TV and theatre actor David Hayman (Macbeth).

In Finding Their Feet, when ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister. Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited
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‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads The Buzz, And Other Telluride Film Festival Standouts

The Telluride Film Festival is a master class in multitasking. It’s easy to envy people like director Rian Johnson and podcaster Karina Longworth, who are staying with producers (and part-time Telluride residents) Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy; they have the luxury of watching rare classics like Fritz Lang’s “Spies” on the big screen.

For others, it’s a frenetic time.

At the film festival opening day Patron’s Brunch, last year’s tributee Rooney Mara (“Carol”) rubbed elbows with Kenneth Lonergan and this year’s tributee Casey Affleck. Mara is back with acquisition title “Una,” adapted by Australian director Benedict Andrews from the David Harrower play about a woman reconnecting with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) she had sex with years before. Several distributors are checking out the film, which has found a rapturous reception in its premiere.

Affleck gives the performance of his career in Kenneth Lonergan
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‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads The Buzz, And Other Telluride Film Festival Standouts

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The Telluride Film Festival is a master class in multitasking. It’s easy to envy people like director Rian Johnson and podcaster Karina Longworth, who are staying with producers (and part-time Telluride residents) Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy; they have the luxury of watching rare classics like Fritz Lang’s “Spies” on the big screen.

For others, it’s a frenetic time.

At the film festival opening day Patron’s Brunch, last year’s tributee Rooney Mara (“Carol”) rubbed elbows with Kenneth Lonergan and this year’s tributee Casey Affleck. Mara is back with acquisition title “Una,” adapted by Australian director Benedict Andrews from the David Harrower play about a woman reconnecting with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) she had sex with years before. Several distributors are checking out the film, which has found a rapturous reception in its premiere.

Affleck gives the performance of his career in Kenneth Lonergan
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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury

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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury
This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.Scroll down for line-up

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has revealed its line-up, with 90 feature films set to be screened in London September 21 – October 2.

This year’s jury will be comprised of Stephen Fry (V For Vendetta), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and American artist David Datuna.

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the international premiere of Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall, a semi-autobiographical story about the production of the film adaptation of Elliott’s memoirs. Receiving its European premiere will be Japanese director Yoshiyuki Kishi’s A Double Life, about a young woman who is assigned to follow a stranger.

Among the seven UK premieres playing in competition are Indian drama [link=tt
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Cannes: Imelda Staunton Finds Her ‘Feet’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Imelda Staunton Finds Her ‘Feet’ (Exclusive)
Imelda Staunton is set to star in romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet,” directed by “Wimbledon” and “Richard III” helmer Richard Loncraine.

Entertainment One has snapped up rights to the pic, which is being shopped by Protagonist Pictures, for the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in Cannes. The deal was negotiated by eOne’s Joel Kennedy and Protagonist’s Vanessa Saal.

Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft, who wrote “Urban Hymn” and U.K. click “St. Trinian’s,” pen the script about a woman whose life is turned upside down as she enters retirement. Eclipse Films and Powder Keg Pictures are producing.

While not in Protagonist’s official brochure for Cannes projects on offer this year, the title is already whetting the appetite of indie buyers, with eOne seeing pic’s “grey pound” potential, following the great success of titles geared toward older auds like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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Toby Jones, Anne Reid lead UK thriller 'Kaleidoscope'

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Exclusive: Production underway on feature produced by Matthew James Wilkinson and Maggie Monteith.

Principal photography has begun in London on UK psychological thriller Kaleidoscope, which will star Toby Jones (Dad’s Army), Anne Reid (The Mother) and Sinead Matthews (Happy-Go-Lucky).

Described as a modern day Psycho, Kaleidoscope explores the destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother and is written and directed by Toby Jones’ brother Rupert Jones.

The latter previously directed his brother in 2006 short The Sickie and more recently took the reins on well-received 2013 musical-drama The Answer To Everything, Streetwise Opera’s 10th anniversary production starring a cast of 120 homeless people, which was distributed by the BFI.

Producers are Matthew James Wilkinson (The Call Up) of Stigma Films and Maggie Monteith (Searching For Sugar Man) of Dignity Film Finance under the production banner of Longships Films Ltd.

Executive producers are Chris Reed and Phil Rymer with Roopesh Parekh (Poldark) co-producing.

BAFTA TV and
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