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'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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San Sebastian: ‘Truman,’ ‘Apostate,’ ‘Eva’ Set For Competition

23 July 2015 2:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Cesc Gay’s “Truman,” Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate” and Pablo Aguero’s “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” will face off in competition at September’s 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival with Asier Altuna’s “Amama,” Agusti Villaronga’s “The King of Havana” and Marc Recha’s “Un Dia perfecto para volar.”

The best-known film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian runs Sept. 18-26.

Revealed Thursday at a packed Madrid press conference by San Sebastian fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos, the Spanish nationality movie line-up underscores ever-closer links between Spain and Latin America: Four of the six San Sebastian Golden Shell contenders are co-productions with Latin America.

Bulwarked by titles such as Alex de la Iglesia’s “My Big Night,” playing out of competition, Imanol Uribe’s “Lejos Del Mar,” Fernando Colomo’s “Isla Bonita” and Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game,” the 20 movie line-up also confirms San Sebastian »

- John Hopewell

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Oscar-winning directors back BBC campaign

4 June 2015 2:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.

Oscar-winners Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech and Les Misérables, and James Marsh, who was behind Man On Wire and The Theory Of Everything, have endorsed the licence fee and the BBC’s contribution to the UK creative industries.

David Yates, the director of four Harry Potter films, has also signed Broadcast’s statement of qualified support, alongside My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis.

“The BBC inspires, informs, provokes and entertains, not for profit but to enrich and deepen our appreciation and understanding of the world. We should cherish and celebrate all that it stands for,” Yates said.

The board of Directors UK voted unanimously to support the campaign and chief executive Andrew Chowns said: “The BBC should be celebrated as a place that inspires our brightest television talent and empowers them to achieve »

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Colin Firth's Donald Crowhurst film begins shoot

20 May 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.

A feature based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe round the world yacht race in 1968 has begun shooting in the UK this week.

The announcement was made by StudioCanal, Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films in Cannes today.

Directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything), the film will star Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) as Crowhurst.

The support cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare Crowhurst, David Thewlis as his press agent Rodney Hallworth, Ken Stott as Crowhurst’s sponsor Stanley Best and Jonathan Bailey as rookie reporter Wheeler.

Produced by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent through Blueprint Pictures and Scott Z. Burns, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee, the project has been developed with Christine Langan from BBC Films and StudioCanal.  

Marsh said: “Donald Crowhurst »

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

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Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close to Star in ‘She Who Brings Gifts’

23 March 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close are to star in “She Who Brings Gifts,” which Altitude Film Sales has boarded. Pic is adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All the Gifts.”

Colm McCarthy, helmer of British TV shows including “Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock,” “Doctor Who” and “The Tudors,” will direct the film, which is his first major feature.

Arterton, whose credits include “Tamara Drewe” and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” is starring in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices,” following her West End musical stage debut in “Made in Dagenham.” Considine was recently seen in BAFTA-winning British pic “Pride,” and is soon to be seen in “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender. Close is soon to be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Anesthesia” and Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife.” She just completed a starring run on Broadway in “A Delicate Balance.”

“The Girl With All the »

- Leo Barraclough

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2015 BAFTA Awards winners as they are announced

8 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2015 Ee BAFTA Awards were handed out in London Sunday night and while the broadcast aired hours later in the United States, it didn't stop us from chronicling the twists and turns of a show often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. It took home only three BAFTAs, but "Boyhood" was the biggest winner of the night as it won Best Film and Richard Linklater earned Director honors. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took home five statues including Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson, Production Design, Costumes, Original Music and Make Up & Hair. "Whiplash" earned three BAFTAs including J.K. Simmons for Supporting Actor, Editing and a somewhat surprising win in Sound. Expected Oscar winners Julianne Moore took Leading Actress and Patricia Arquette took Supporting Actress. Eddie Redmayne earned a key win over rival Michael Keaton by claiming the Lead Actor BAFTA for "The Theory of Everything." The latter also won »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Bafta Nominations Showcase the Range of U.K. Cinema

6 February 2015 11:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Bafta nominees for British film — “Pride,” “Paddington,” “Under the Skin,” “’71,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game” — showcase the sheer variety, range and intelligence of U.K. cinema in 2014.

That’s underlined by the exceptional quality of contenders that failed to make the cut — the likes of “Calvary,” “Locke,” “Belle,” “Testament of Youth,” “Starred Up” and, most controversially, “Mr. Turner.”

For all the considerable differences between them, in artistic ambition and commercial appeal, the six nominees share an underlying theme that sheds an intriguing light on the zeitgeist. They are all about misfits struggling to belong, and they ask acute questions about our capacity for empathy.

That echoes the anxiety about immigration and social cohesion that is dominating the U.K. political debate — a weighty subject addressed explicitly in the most populist of all the contenders, “Paddington.” It’s a giant stylistic leap from here to »

- Adam Dawtrey

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James Marsh To Direct Colin Firth In 1968 World Yacht Race Pic

28 January 2015 9:35 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After his stellar work on acclaimed Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, James Marsh is taking on another tale of a flawed individual battling against seemingly insurmountable odds. Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films have just set the helmer, whose 2008 documentary Man on Wire won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, to direct Colin Firth in a feature about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set off in 1968 to win the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race.

While The Theory of Everything told the story of Hawking’s rise to prominence even as his relationship with first wife Jane Wilde eventually crumbled, this new pic will be much more tragic than inspirational. After all, Crowhurst’s efforts to win the race and claim a cash prize, in hopes of aiding his failing business, soon led him to falsify log books and plot to deceive the race »

- Isaac Feldberg

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"We Are the World" on Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know

25 January 2015 12:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa. The song was called "We Are the World" and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night. "We Are the World" sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammys - but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid. »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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"We Are the World" on Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know

25 January 2015 12:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa. The song was called "We Are the World" and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night. "We Are the World" sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammys - but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid. »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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‘Sniper’ Hits Eastwood Highs; ‘Taken’, ‘Son’ Top International Box Office: Final

21 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.

Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Oscar’s Bumpy Ride: The Academy’s Bittersweet Nominations In A Wide-Open Year – Hammond Analysis

15 January 2015 10:49 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Just when you thought you had this whole thing figured out, leave it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to shake things up. If ever there was a bittersweet morning it was today.

Congratulations American Sniper, you got six nominations including Best Picture, But sorry Clint, they snubbed you in the Best Director category denying you the chance to become the oldest nominee ever.

Congratulations Foxcatcher for catching five nominations in key categories including Directing, Writing and Acting, But sorry Foxcatcher somehow not one of those five nods was for Best Picture.

Congratulations Selma because you did land a Best Picture nomination, But sorry that other than that (and “Glory” for Best Song) you were Awol, racking up one of the lowest overall totals ever for a Best Pic contender.

Congratulations The Lego Movie on that awesome Best Song nomination, the very first movie announced for all 24 categories, »

- Pete Hammond

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Strong Frame For Fox, Eastwood, Local Pics At International Box Office: Update

13 January 2015 3:21 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday 3:21 Am Pt: Actuals have been reported from most of the studios, with very few discrepancies amongst the major titles. The Top 5 remain the same as projected on Sunday, save for a tie-break between Exodus: Gods And Kings and China’s Miss Granny with the latter landing at No. 4 and the former at No. 5 on the international chart. There are also more markets reporting on The Imitation Game which added $6.6M for a $41.8M cume.

Figures have been updated throughout the below for those films as well as: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Taken 3, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Penguins Of Madagascar, Big Hero 6, Seventh Son, Into The Woods, Ouija, Honig Im Kopf, Unbroken, The Theory Of Everything, American Sniper, Dumb And Dumber To, Let’s Be Cops, The Water Diviner, Boyhood, Horrible Bosses 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Birdman and Gone Girl. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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