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Cannes: Imelda Staunton Finds Her ‘Feet’ (Exclusive)

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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'

13 April 2016 3:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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On my radar: Daniel Mays’s cultural highlights

27 March 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on Harold Pinter, a great Marlon Brando documentary, a Peter Ackroyd murder mystery and Shane Meadows’s This Is England saga

Daniel Mays, 37, grew up in Epping, Essex, and trained at the Italia Conti Academy and Rada. Not long after graduating, he was cast by Mike Leigh in All Or Nothing and later as Imelda Staunton’s cocky son, Sid, in Vera Drake. His impressive list of screen credits, including roles in Atonement and Made in Dagenham, Red Riding and Ashes to Ashes, is matched by an equally weighty stage CV – Mays has appeared in six productions at the Royal Court. He stars alongside Timothy Spall in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Old Vic from Tuesday 29 March.

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Jim Clark, Oscar-Winning Editor of ‘The Killing Fields,’ Dies at 84

1 March 2016 3:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for editing Roland Joffé’s “The Killing Fields” and was also nominated for his work on the director’s film “The Mission,” died in the U.K. on Feb. 25. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.

News of his death was announced by the Guild of British Film and TV Editors on Feb. 26.

His credits also include Stanley Donen’s “Charade” (1963); John Schlesinger’s “Darling” (1965), “The Day of the Locust” (1975) and “Marathon Man” (1976); Michael Apted’s “Agatha” (1979), “Nell” (1994) and Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”; Michael Caton-Jones’ “Memphis Belle” (1990) and “City by the Sea” (2002); and Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” (2004) and “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008).

In addition to the Schlesinger films listed above, he did uncredited work on the director’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” and served as a creative consultant on the helmer’s 1969 classic “Midnight Cowboy.”

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Oscar-winning editor Jim Clark dies aged 85

1 March 2016 3:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The British film editor’s credits included The Killing Fields, The Mission and Vera Drake.

Jim Clark, the Oscar-winning film editor, has died aged 85 following an illness.

The Guild of British Film and Television Editors (Gbfte), of which Clark was a founding editor, released a statement describing Clark as a “likeable and respected man” who “will be missed especially by Laurence his wife.”

Clark’s glittering career encompassed more than 40 films, including his Oscar and BAFTA-winning work on Roland Joffé’s 1984 war drama The Killing Fields and his BAFTA-winning work on the same director’s historical drama The Mission.

Additional credits included John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy, on which he was a creative consultant, and more recently as editor for James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake.

Clark detailed some of his colourful experiences in the well-received 2011 memoir Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing.

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BAFTA to honour Angels Costumes

18 January 2016 2:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Costume house that has serviced films from Hitchcock to Hammer and Harry Potter to receive honourary BAFTA.

Angels Costumes is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 14.

Now in its 175th year, Angels Costumes is the world’s longest-established and largest professional costume house, and has worked with film luminaries including Alfred Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg on features from the Ealing Comedies, films produced by Gainsborough Studios and Hammer, to the Carry On films, Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter.   

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of film producer Michael Balcon and previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, [link »

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‘Room’s’ Surprise Oscar Nominee Lenny Abrahamson Tried Not to Read the Predictions

15 January 2016 12:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jet-lagged and still on Los Angeles time in Dublin yesterday morning, “Room” director Lenny Abrahamson woke up in the afternoon, sauntered downstairs and figured he’d watch the nominations announcement and show some love for star Brie Larson, who was a favorite to be mentioned. He didn’t figure on too much support from the Academy besides, because, like any artist new to the awards circuit, he couldn’t help but pay attention to the punditry.

“It’s very hard not to look,” Abrahamson says. “The way I describe it is if you’re sitting at a restaurant and you realize the people in the next booth are talking about you and they don’t know you’re there, of course it’s almost impossible not to listen. I managed for quite a period of time not to look. And it became more pleasant, to do your thing and let it happen in the background. »

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Mike Leigh interview: ‘I’m not like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, sitting there every night watching my old films’

15 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

At nearly 73, Salford’s finest film-maker has no plans for retiring – but he is pleased to see several of his key TV plays being made available online by the BBC. As he prepares to start on a new film about the Peterloo massacre, Leigh discusses Jeremy Corbyn, the licence fee and the one TV show he never misses

The sign on the doorbell for Mike Leigh’s office in central London still reads “Untitled 2013”. Because the director has always begun his films minus a title – and because the films are created through a process of improvisation, without a script – that white sticky label was intended to direct actors arriving at these premises, three years ago, to auditions for the movie that became Mr Turner. The artistic biopic gained the four most recent of the numerous Oscar nominations for Leigh’s work. He has six himself, including recognition for the direction »

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