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Madonna’s ‘W.E.’ Theatrical Trailer

21 November 2011 5:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ever since the rocky start at the Venice Film Festival, things haven’t been looking promising for Madonna‘s W.E.. The Weinstein Company was reportedly re-editing the film and then recently pushed back its roll-out. The first theatrical trailer has arrived and it actually looks somewhat appealing, mostly technical-wise. The Lives of Others cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski is behind the camera and Abel Korzeniowski, who gave us the wonderful score for A Single Man, composed here.

I can see the complaints of the two storylines forced together in a false fashion, but even if this is a disaster as many have claimed, it doesn’t seem like a dull one. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Dormer, Abbie Cornish, Annabelle Wallis, Oscar Isaac, Katie McGrath, James D’Arcy, and Richard Coyle, one can see the trailer below via Moviefone.

Synopsis:

The year is 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz with anticipation about the upcoming »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Netflix and Lionsgate UK Announce Multi-Year Streaming Pact; Films Include The Hunger Games, The Expendables 2, Dirty Dancing Remake

14 November 2011 5:23 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix, Inc. and Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio.

Lionsgate UK titles will be available for Netflix members in the UK and Ireland to watch instantly in the pay TV window on their televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones, for a low monthly price. Netflix announced last month that it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.

Appearing exclusively on Netflix within one year of their theatrical release will be such films as “The Hunger Games,” the highly-anticipated film based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling teen novel and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth; “The Expendables 2,” the sequel to the blockbuster hit starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Jet Li »

- Michelle McCue

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Melancholia grabs eight nominations at European film awards

7 November 2011 6:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lars von Trier's film earns nods in all but one category, going up against The King's Speech and The Artist for best film

He recently took a vow of (media) silence after causing controversy with comments about Hitler at this year's Cannes film festival, but the Danish arch-provocateur Lars von Trier can take comfort from news today that his latest film is doing the talking for him. Melancholia, Von Trier's claustrophobic tale of a woman's struggle with mental illness as the world around her appears to be on the verge of destruction, is leading the charge for the European film awards with a total of eight nominations in just nine categories.

Von Trier himself gets a nod in the best director category, where he is up against fellow Dane Suzanne Bier for her Oscar-winning In a Better World, the Dardenne brothers for Cannes hit The Kid with a Bike, »

- Ben Child

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European Film Awards: Little Oscar Influence

5 November 2011 11:15 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Helen Mirren, Sylvia Syms in Stephen Frears' The Queen The European Film Awards usually don't have much of an influence on the Academy Awards. Part of the reason is that many of the European Academy's nominated movies aren't eligible for the Hollywood Academy's awards, whether because they were in the running earlier in the year or because they won't have their qualifying Los Angeles run in time for the following year's Oscars. In fact, some may never even get that chance. Besides, it's unclear how many of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' insular members actually know about the existence of the European Film Academy. Last year's Best Film and Best Director winner, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, failed to receive a single Academy Award nomination despite mostly positive reviews from U.S. critics. Of the other five 2010 Best European Film nominees, only Juan José Campanella »

- Andre Soares

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American Cinematheque Showcases German Films

25 October 2011 4:45 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Goethe-Institute Los Angeles and The American Cinematheque are teaming up to present the best of German cinema at the 5th Annual German Currents Showcase. Granted cinema isn't the first thing that pops into mind when you hear the word "German," but somewhere after sauerkrauts, luxury automobiles and Bavarian brewskies is a lineage of cinema that includes movies like Run Lola Run, Das Boot and Academy Award-winner The Lives of Others. This year, the Cinematheque will showcase 12 films running from October 26-30. Tickets may be purchased thru Fandango by clicking on the links below.   Among the titles featured will be this year's Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard award winner Stopped on Track, Charlotte Rampling's doc Charlotte Rampling: The Look and The...

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Why does Amélie's sweet smell of success linger on?

18 October 2011 3:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ten years ago, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's syrupy story about a simpering busybody, played by Audrey Tautou, became a worldwide hit. So why is the dream still not over in 2011?

I have it on good authority that Amélie turned Montmartre into a "tourist shithole". The Café des 2 Moulins, the film's key location, was flooded with sightseers, and sold on. Someone put a banner over Rue Lepic reading "Welcome to the quartier of Amélie Poulain". Megaphones pumped out accordion music in the street, turning the area into some kind of Marcel Marceau wet dream. Amélie has that kind of effect. Watching it for the second time on the eve of its 10th-anniversary re-release, I still find Audrey Tautou's boulevard busybody simpering to the point of psychosis. (As our own Peter Bradshaw said of her flat-rearranging antics: "Does the director know that this is precisely what Charles Manson claimed to love doing? »

- Phil Hoad

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Albatross Review – Surprisingly Sweet & Engaging

14 October 2011 10:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

(Our review from the Edinburgh Film Festival re-posted as Albatross is out now in the UK)

Emelia (Jessica Brown Findlay) has something of a gift for effrontery. She is not scared to say what is on her mind. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly, nor miss an opportunity to shock a stuffy, boring adult. Her surname is Conan Doyle, and she introduces herself as the great-great-granddaughter of Arthur Conan Doyle. Like him, she wants to be a writer. She comes into the life of Beth (Felicity Jones) when Beth’s parents hire her as a cleaner for their Bed & Breakfast. Beth is well-educated, polite, and well-behaved. The girls are both 17; of the two, Beth is the one who has never drank, or had sex.

Anyone who has seen a coming-of-age movie before, particularly a British one, will see where this is going; Emelia is the influence »

- Adam Whyte

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Albatross – review

13 October 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jessica Brown Findlay is the best thing about this sentimental treatment of a Tamara Drewe-style coming-of-age story

Despite a nice performance from newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay, this Tamara Dreweish coming-of-age drama is not entirely convincing. Felicity Jones plays Beth, a studious teenager who lives by the sea in a guest house, run by her dad, Jonathan (Sebastian Koch, from The Lives of Others), a once-famous novelist, and her permanently exasperated mum (Julia Ormond). Their lives are turned upside down by sexy wild child Emelia (Findlay), an aspiring writer who sweet-talks Jonathan into giving her creative writing lessons; and inevitably she becomes far more than his pupil. It's an interesting premise; though despite being evidently autobiographical in origin, the fictional treatment has made it look sentimental and unreal. However, there's no doubt about Findlay's incipient star-power.

Rating: 2/5

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- Peter Bradshaw

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The James Clayton column: might Johnny English save the world?

6 October 2011 1:40 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Which spies and organisations would you really trust to save the world? And is Johnny English our best bet?

To quote the great wizard Gandalf and steal the profound question he once put to the Fellowship, "Who's the bigger fool? The fool, or the fool who employs the fool and gives him access to firearms?"

(This was a different fellowship. You can find out more about the Secret Special Fellowship and witness Jason Statham slaying Orcs in The Expendables 2: Mission to Middle Earth).

The answer is 'the authority' because idiots only get anywhere in the world because someone in power foolishly opted to offer them a job. The world is a messed up place because the big chiefs make bad decisions and delegate responsibility to total imbeciles.

Gandalf is clearly not a fool because Frodo managed to complete his quest to Mordor and cast the Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. »

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Madonna’s We To Be Released In January 2012

6 October 2011 6:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

W.E, the directorial debut from Madonna will be released in the UK on January 12th, 2012, according to a press release put out bu StudioCanal today. This puts it in a position to qualify for the big awards season, notably the Baftas over here.

We’re hearing mixed reports abou the film, but I guess we’ll all find out what Madonna has made when the film debutes at the London Film Festival later this month.

Here’s the full release.

Studiocanal is delighted to announce that Madonna’s directorial debut, W.E., will release widely on Friday 20th January 2012 in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

The love story stars Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Limitless) James d’Arcy (Master and Commander), Oscar Isaac (Drive, Robin Hood), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia), Laurence Fox (‘Lewis’, Becoming Jane), Natalie Dormer (Captain America: The First Avenger »

- Paul Heath

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Win an Exclusive Cast Signed Poster from Albatross

3 October 2011 4:31 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of Albatross, in cinemas 14th October, we are giving 5 lucky readers the chance to win an exclusive exclusive poster from the film signed by Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay.  Jessica stars as rebel teen Emelia in this heart warming British drama alongside Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl), Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others) and Julia Ormond.

A fresh, modern-day coming-of-age tale focusing on seventeen year old force of nature Emelia (newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay) who bursts into the lives of the dysfunctional Fischer family when she is hired to work in their guest house in a sleepy town on the South Coast of England. Beth Fischer (Felicity Jones), also seventeen, is cramming for her A-Levels, in a desperate bid to escape to University, whilst dad Jonathan (Sebastian Koch), once a best-selling author, is suffering from writer’s block much to the annoyance of frustrated mum Joa »

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Win: An Exclusive Cast Signed Poster From Albatross

30 September 2011 8:28 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To celebrate the release of Albatross, in cinemas 14th October, we are giving 5 lucky readers the chance to win an exclusive exclusive poster from the film signed by Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay. Jessica stars as rebel teen Emelia in this heart warming British drama alongside Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl), Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others) and Julia Ormond.

A fresh, modern-day coming-of-age tale focusing on seventeen year old force of nature Emelia (newcomer Jessica Brown Findlay) who bursts into the lives of the dysfunctional Fischer family when she is hired to work in their guest house in a sleepy town on the South Coast of England. Beth Fischer (Felicity Jones), also seventeen, is cramming for her A-Levels, in a desperate bid to escape to University, whilst dad Jonathan (Sebastian Koch), once a best-selling author, is suffering from writer’s block much to the annoyance of frustrated mum Joa »

- Matt Holmes

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"Europe Loves Cinema"

20 September 2011 8:01 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The European Union's Media Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary by presenting Europe Loves Cinema, a series of 20 films, in theaters all across the UK through November. Since 1991, Media has invested over €1.7 billion in European audiovisual entertainment — in fact, half of the European films in cinemas are shown with Media support.

The smart selection for this series reads something like a roster of Europe's greatest hits of the past 20 years. You've got your award-winners in Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Palme d'Or), for example, or Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others (Oscar), Juan José Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes (Oscar) and Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (European Film Award). Haneke's Caché is also in the lineup.

Old masters are represented, such as Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist) and Ken Loach (Land and Freedom and The Wind That Shakes the Barley), as are relative newcomers, »

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Madonna's W.E. Reviews: Movie Lambasted at Venice Film Festival

1 September 2011 12:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James D'Arcy as King Edward VIII, Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson in Madonna's W.E. Singers have been dabbling in movies with varying degrees of success for as long as feature films have been around. Opera star Geraldine Farrar became a movie star for Cecil B. DeMille in early silent-era productions such as Carmen (1915) and Joan the Woman (1916). Later on, there were Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Yves Montand, Elvis Presley, Charles Aznavour, Barbra Streisand, and the list goes on and on until we get to Madonna, whose sophomore directorial effort, W.E., has just premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival to generally negative reviews. W.E. tells two separate stories: That of Wally (Abbie Cornish), a married New Yorker who becomes enamored of a security guard (Oscar Isaac) at Sotheby's, and bits from the life of American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and her relationship »

- Anna Robinson

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Venice Critics Slap and Slam Madonna's 'W.E.' With Rather Harsh Reviews

1 September 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With a packed screening schedule in Toronto there are certain "anticipated" films I would be forced to miss. On Monday, September 12, I am currently looking at a morning that includes six films screening at the exact same time. Among them are The Deep Blue Sea, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Albert Nobbs, Shame, The Day and finally, Madonna's W.E., a biopic about the affair between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) that led to the British royal abdicating the throne to marry his divorcee lover.

What do I do? Which one of those six should I watch in that time slot? Well, critics in Venice may have just helped clear one of the titles from the schedule for me to worry about seeing outside the festival.

This morning, Madonna's second directorial effort, W.E., premiered on the Lido and has received a couple of mild »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: 'Circumstance' More Than Just 'That Iranian Lesbian Movie'

25 August 2011 4:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

While many will probably refer to “Circumstance” in shorthand as “the Iranian lesbian movie,” part of what makes the film so powerful is its portrayal of modern-day Iran as a country so oppressive that you don’t even have to be a lesbian to suffer there. Sure, it’s a lousy place to be a woman who loves women, but it’s also not so great if you’re an intellectual or a feminist or even just a fan of hip-hop. Writer-director Maryam Keshavarz’s debut feature contains echoes of “The Lives of Others” and “My Son, »

- Alonso Duralde

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U.K. Poster for Albatross

23 August 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

CinemaNX have unveiled the official U.K. poster for Niall MacCormick’s coming-of-age drama Albatross.

Written by Tamzin Rafn, Albatross centers on a 17-year-old force of nature who bursts into the lives of the dysfunctional Fischer family.

The film stars Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction), Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others), Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downtown Abbey), Peter Vaughn (Straw Dogs) and Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank).

Albatross will be released in the U.K. in October.

Check out the poster below, featuring a star-rating from HeyUGuys’ review:

Source: Yahoo! »

- Jamie Neish

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10 of the best films set in Berlin

17 August 2011 3:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Berlin has been the backdrop – and even the star – in movies from cold war spy thrillers to dramas about the collapse of East Germany. Andrew Pulver picks the top 10 films set in the city

• As featured in our Berlin city guide

People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag), Curt and Robert Siodmak, 1930

Silent cinema flourished in Germany during the Weimar years, and Berlin was immortalised in two particularly brilliant impressionist tributes: Walter Ruttmann's Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and People on Sunday, which aimed to create a patchwork of ordinary Berliners' lives. This film, with its cast of non-professional actors and hidden camera, gets the pick – partly because of its extraordinary writing and directing credit roll. Virtually everyone – including Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann and Robert Siodmak – went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood, after being forced out of Germany during the Nazi era.

• Bahnhof Zoo; Nikolassee

The Bourne Supremacy, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

4 August 2011 11:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Angry Boys ends, Torchwood continues, and Con Air is on! It's this week's TV round-up...

Well, you can hardly accuse schedulers of spoiling us. This time last year, Sherlock was helping us get through the summer lull, but with no new series kicking off of interest, we're left with continuing shows to talk to you about.

This week, then, sees the final episode of the divisive Angry Boys over on BBC Three. And, of course, Torchwood: Miracle Day is still going over on BBC One, reaching its halfway point on Thursday night.

It's still likely to be quiet for a week or two yet, at least until Doctor Who returns at the end of the month. But we'd suggest instead you seek solace in some of the films of the week. We're certainly not going to miss a chance to flag up Ang Lee's Hulk, for instance, and no week »

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First Trailer For Niall MacCormick's Debut Feature Albatross

2 August 2011 3:34 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

After making its world premiere at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (read our review here), Niall MacCormick's first feature film Albatross is making its way to UK screens this October. And in the run up to that The Guardian has exclusively debuted the first trailer. The drama-comedy (or "dramedy" as the kids are calling it these days) stars the likes of Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Felicity Jones (Page Eight, The Tempest) and Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others). It centers on a troubled girl (Findlay) who enters into the lives of an author (Koch) and his family who run a seaside hotel. When I saw the film at the Eiff 2011 I predicted it would be one of the most talked about British »

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