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'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut

'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut
Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of top five.

Source: Universal Pictures

Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £4.04m £4.04m 1 2 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £2.5m £29.9m 4 3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox) £2.16m £2.35m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.14m £13.53m 3 5 Coco (Disney) £1.88m £1.88m P*

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.38. *P = previews.

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Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour opened to a strong £4.04m from its 607 locations this weekend. Universal’s awards contender posted a hefty screen average of £6,656.

The debut is comfortably director Joe Wright’s best UK opening, far ahead of Pan (2015) on £2.74m and Pride & Prejudice (2005) on £2.53m. Pride & Prejudice remains his best total on £14.57m, ahead of Atonement (2007) on £12.4m, and Darkest Hour will be looking to surpass those figures, particularly as the film continues to attract awards buzz. Gary Oldman starrer
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Oscars 2018: The Design Team Behind ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Oscars 2018: The Design Team Behind ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
While “Darkest Hour” and “Beauty and the Beast” are worlds apart in visual design and fashion, there’s no mistaking the meticulous period craftsmanship of the team of production designer Sarah Greenwood and costume designer Jacqueline Durran. Whether it was recreating war-torn London of 1940 with a sense of heightened reality or transforming the animated Disney fairy tale into believable fantasy, they are among the best at depicting character through environment and wardrobe. And this year they each have two chances to grab Oscar nominations after working on seven movies together.

Doing the “Darkest Hour” Dance

For director Joe Wright, “Darkest Hour” was a dance of dark and light, as Winston Churchill (Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman) comes in from out of the shadows to become prime minister of Great Britain to combat the growing threat of Hitler.

“The challenge was to recreate historical London in a way that looked authentic yet
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'Game Of Thrones' actor, Nik Powell among screen industry honoured by Queen

Actors, producer and former Pact head of diversity among those honoured.

Source: Paul Grover

Nik Powell

Game Of Thrones actor James Cosmo and former producer and Nfts director Nik Powell were among screen industry professionals awarded titles in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours list.

Veteran Scottish actor Cosmo, known for playing Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones and films including Braveheart, Trainspotting and Highlander, was honoured with an MBE.

Powell, who received an OBE, stepped down from his position as director of the National Film and Television School in 2017 after 14 years in the role. In the early 1970s he set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson and in 1982 he partnered with fellow-producer Stephen Woolley to form the Palace companies, where he served as executive producer on titles including Company Of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Scandal and The Crying Game. He went on to produce films such as Backbeat, The Neon Bible,
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'Game Of Thrones' actor, Nik Powell among screen industry honoured by Queen

Actors, producer and former Pact head of diversity among those honoured.

Source: Paul Grover

Nik Powell

Game Of Thrones actor James Cosmo and former producer and Nfts director Nik Powell were among screen industry professionals awarded titles in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours list.

Veteran Scottish actor Cosmo, known for playing Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones and films including Braveheart, Trainspotting and Highlander, was honoured with an MBE.

Powell, who received an OBE, stepped down from his position as director of the National Film and Television School in 2017 after 14 years in the role. In the early 1970s he set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson and in 1982 he partnered with fellow-producer Stephen Woolley to form the Palace companies, where he served as executive producer on titles including Company Of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Scandal and The Crying Game. He went on to produce films such as Backbeat, The Neon Bible, Last Orders and [link=tt
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Carey Mulligan Gets "Bazaar"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Carey Mulligan ("The Great Gatsby") in the January 2018 issue of "Harper’s Bazaar" magazine (UK), wearing Saint Laurent, Chanel, Miu Miu, Simone Rocha and whole lot more, photographed by Richard Phibbs:

Mulligan's feature film debut was playing 'Kitty Bennet' in the 2005 film adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice", previously appearing on British TV series including "Bleak House" and "Doctor Who".

Mulligan received widespread recognition for her performance in "An Education" (2009), receiving an 'Academy Award' nomination and winning the 'BAFTA Award' for 'Best Actress in a Leading Role'.

In 2015, Mulligan was nominated for a 'Tony Award' for 'Best Lead Actress in a Play' for her performance in the Broadway revival of David Hare's "Skylight".

She is also noted for roles in "Never Let Me Go" (2010), "Drive" (2011), "Shame" (2011), "The Great Gatsby" (2013), "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013)...

..."Far from the Madding Crowd" (2015), and "Suffragette" (2015).

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Film News Roundup: ‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright to Be Honored by Cinema Audio Society

Film News Roundup: ‘Darkest Hour’ Director Joe Wright to Be Honored by Cinema Audio Society
In today’s film news roundup, Cinema Audio Society will honor “Darkest Hour” filmmaker Joe Wright, and “Life in Reverse” castings are revealed.

Filmmaker Award

Darkest Hour” director Joe Wright will receive the Cinema Audio Society filmmaker award at the 54th Annual Cas Awards on Feb. 24 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

“The Cas recognized Joe’s commitment to sound when we nominated his film ‘Hanna’ for outstanding sound mixing motion picture,” President Mark Ulano said. “His current film, ‘Darkest Hour,’ with an amazing performance by Gary Oldman, also exhibits Joe’s passion for all the crafts involved in filmmaking. With the director as conductor, Joe knows how to get the best out of every instrument in the filmmaking orchestra which makes him an excellent choice for filmmaker.”

Wright made his feature film directorial debut in 2005 with “Pride & Prejudice,” followed by “Atonement,” “The Soloist,” “Hanna,” “Anna Karenina,” and “Pan.” In 2016, Wright
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Lights, Camera, Christmas

With X-Factor, Strictly and BBC Sports Personality of the Year all done and dusted, it’s time to shine the limelight on movies once again. That’s right, it’s the return of Roobla’s festive film guide! As with last year, we’ll just be looking at channels 1-5 (as we don’t want to be here until next Christmas) and, also like last year, Harry Potter fans look away now…

Saturday, December 23

Easy to forget that it’s not just Christmas round the corner, but the Winter Olympics too. So to remind us of this fact, the BBC have decided to christen the day with factual comedy Cool Runnings. If snow isn’t your bag, there’s always Despicable Me, Crocodile Dundee and Gladiator to get you going.

Top of the Tree: Crocodile Dundee (1986) C4, 6.10pm – Paul Hogan scored one of the most impressive debuts in history with this comedy gem.
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Forecast: WB's 'Pan' Faces Stiff Competition and Low Expectations

Forecast: WB's 'Pan' Faces Stiff Competition and Low Expectations
Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit
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Jamie Foxx in The Soloist

Joe Wright seems to be getting a steady fan following these past couple of years. His last two movies were both critical darlings the unbelievable climax of his last movie Atonement stunned one and all. There was also Pride and Prejudice one of the more modern interpretations of the classic work. Now he has found fans in two heavy weights Robert Downey Jr and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. The script was written by Susannah Grant of the In Her shoes fame.

This film is about a schizophrenic homeless guy played by the supremely talented Jamie Foxx who seems to surely love this role because of the use of an instrument. This is surely going to be another career defining role for him. He is aided...

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Knightley Keen To Show She's Brainy

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Knightley Keen To Show She's Brainy
Actress Keira Knightley is determined to prove she is not dumb after dropping out of school at 17.

The British star, who is famed for portraying upper class characters in films like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, suffers from dyslexia.

But she insists her learning disability and poor academia record only spurs her on more to show she is brainy.

She says, "It (dyslexia) makes me feel I am going to read absolutely everything so I can prove that I am not stupid."

Knightley also admits that giving up university in favour of a film career has left her with a "chip on her shoulder" over her lack of education.

She adds, "I am completely uneducated. Not going to university did give me an incredible driving force because it leaves you with a slight chip on your shoulder.

Wright Calls Off Wedding To Pike

Wright Calls Off Wedding To Pike
Former Bond girl Rosamund Pike has been dumped by her director fiance Joe Wright.

The pair met on the set of period drama Pride and Prejudice in 2005 and Wright proposed to the actress at Lake Como in Italy last September.

But Atonement filmmaker Wright, 36, allegedly called off the nuptials after Pike, 29, sent out hundreds of wedding invitations - featuring a steamy shot of the couple in a bathtub - without his knowledge, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

A source says, "The invitations featured a picture of them together in a hot tub.

"Joe dumped her for sending them without consulting him and she had to tell all the guests the wedding was off."

Two join cast of Frears' 'Cheri'

Two join cast of Frears' 'Cheri'
Rupert Friend will romance Michelle Pfeiffer under the watchful eye of Kathy Bates in Stephen Frears' French period drama Cheri.

Friend will play the title character, and Bates is in final negotiations to play his mother, Madame Peloux, a famed courtesan in 1920s France. Peloux sends the spoiled Cheri to her courtesan pal Lea de Lonval (Pfeiffer) for an adult education, but their six-year affair comes to a painful end when he's forced to marry a wealthy young woman.

Miramax and Pathe will distribute the adaptation of French writer Colette's provocative 1920 novel with producers Bill Kenwright and Thom Mount.

Friend is no stranger to period romances, having captured the heart of Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice and soon to be seen courting Emily Blunt as Prince Albert in The Young Victoria.

Bates played the unsinkable Molly Brown in Titanic. She currently can be seen torturing James Caan in a DirecTV commercial parody of her Oscar-winning Misery role.

Cheri will reunite Dangerous Liaisons partners Pfeiffer, Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton.

Wright & Pike Engaged

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Film couple Rosamund Pike and Joe Wright are engaged to be married, after the director proposed during a romantic break in Italy. The pair stopped off at Lake Como, on their way to the Venice Film Festival, where Wright asked Pike to be his wife. The couple met on the set of 2005 film Pride & Prejudice, which Wright directed and Pike starred in alongside Keira Knightley. Wright announced the news to friends and family during a dinner in Venice. The couple were greeted with applause after the film maker said, "I have asked Roz to be my wife she, thank God, said yes." They will marry next year, after finishing pending film projects.

FIP, Magnolia hit 'Moving' target

NEW YORK -- First Independent Pictures and Magnolia Home Entertainment are acquiring North American rights to the road comedy Moving McAllister starring Mila Kunis, Jon Heder and Rutger Hauer.

Producer-screenwriter-financier Ben Gourley stars as Rick Robinson, an ambitious Miami law firm intern who helps the top partner (Hauer) by moving his attractive niece (Kunis) across the country. With just five days before his bar exam, Robinson must cope with many time-slowing distractions, including a hitchhiker (Heder) and an attraction to his off-limits road partner.

Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin, T.R. Gourley and Maclain Nelson also produced the feature, which was directed by Andrew Black (Pride and Prejudice). It begins a platform rollout Sept. 14 in select cities.

"We were after this hysterical and touching film since (the 2006 American Film Market) and are also quite pleased to have made an alliance for this picture with Magnolia Home Entertainment," FIP president Gary Rubin said.

Other FIP releases include Edmond, starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles, and The Great New Wonderful, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Edie Falco.

Friend joins royal court for 'Victoria'

Friend joins royal court for 'Victoria'
NEW YORK -- Prolific British actor Rupert Friend has been cast as Prince Albert opposite Emily Blunt in the historical drama The Young Victoria.

Jean-Marc Vallee's film, produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes, follows the romance and marriage of Queen Victoria (Blunt) to her first cousin Albert during her tumultuous 19th-century British reign. Filming is set to begin next month in the U.K. Denis O'Sullivan will oversee production for GK Films.

Friend co-starred with Kiera Knightley in Pride & Prejudice and with Johnny Depp in The Libertine, which earned Friend the 2005 British Independent Film Awards honor for most promising newcomer.

Victoria is one of more than a half-dozen films Friend is starring in or filming this year, many of them historical dramas. His recent appearances include The Moon and the Stars, Outlaw, The Last Legion and Virgin Territory. Upcoming projects include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Jolene and The Other Side.

Friend is repped by ICM London and Endeavor.

Knightley Settles Libel Lawsuit

Knightley Settles Libel Lawsuit
Keira Knightley has settled a lawsuit against a British tabloid for $6,000 in damages, after the newspaper accused her of lying about having an eating disorder. Earlier this year, the Daily Mail published a photograph of the Pride And Prejudice actress on the beach with an accompanying article commenting on her slender figure. Knightley began legal action against the newspaper in January, claiming the article was libelous because it implied she had been dishonest about suffering from anorexia. The beauty has frequently been forced to deny she has an eating disorder, and recently admitted the accusations have left her "completely devastated." In the suit, Knightley also challenged the positioning of the story - published beside an article about a girl who died from anorexia - because it suggested she was responsible for the teen's death by setting a bad example. Following the ruling at London's High Court yesterday morning, the star said she would donate the money to charity.

'Volver,' 'March,' 'Gromit' on Euro film prize roster

COLOGNE, Germany -- Twelve films, including Pedro Almodovar's Volver, Luc Jacquet's Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins, and claymation feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit have made the shortlist for this year's European Film Prize people's choice award. The European Film Academy announced the shortlist on Friday, which also includes the black comedy Adam's Apples from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen; Oskar Roehler's adaptation of Michel Houellebecq's Elementary Particles; 2005 Palme d'Or winner L'enfant from Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Christian Carion's Oscar-nominated World War I film Merry Christmas and Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist. Joe Wright's adaptation of another 19th century English classic, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice made the EFA cut, along with Michele Placido's mafia drama Crime Novel and last year's San Sebastian winner Something Like Happiness from Czech director Bohdan Slama.

Composer Santaolalla in World Soundtrack noms

Composer Santaolalla in World Soundtrack noms
LONDON -- Composer Gustavo Santaolalla's Oscar-winning score for Brokeback Mountain has been nominated as best original soundtrack of the year in the sixth annual World Soundtrack Awards to be announced Oct. 14 at the Flanders International Film Festival in Belgium. His Golden Globe-winning song from the movie, "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, is nominated as best original song written for a film. Alberto Iglesias, who composed the score for The Constant Gardener, James Newton Howard (King Kong) and Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice) are also double-nominees for soundtrack composer of the year and best original soundtrack. John Williams, whose score for Memoirs of a Geisha won the Academy Award for music this year, was nominated in the best original soundtrack category for another picture, Munich. Danny Elfman, for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and John Powell, for Ice Age: The Meltdown, complete the nominees for soundtrack composer of the year. The other songs nominated are "Can't Take It In" from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with music by Harry Gregson-Williams & Imogen Heap, and lyrics by Heap; "Magic Works" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Jarvis Cocker with string arrangement by Patrick Doyle; "Mdlewembe" from Best Foreign Language Oscar-winner Tsotsi, with music by Kabelo "Kaybee" Ikaneng and lyrics by Zola; and "Our Town" from Cars by Randy Newman.

Composer Santaolalla in World Soundtrack noms

Composer Santaolalla in World Soundtrack noms
LONDON -- Composer Gustavo Santaolalla's Oscar-winning score for Brokeback Mountain has been nominated as best original soundtrack of the year in the sixth annual World Soundtrack Awards to be announced Oct. 14 at the Flanders International Film Festival in Belgium. His BAFTA-winning song from the movie, "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, is nominated as best original song written for a film. Alberto Iglesias, who composed the score for The Constant Gardener, James Newton Howard (King Kong) and Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice) are also double-nominees for soundtrack composer of the year and best original soundtrack. John Williams, whose score for Memoirs of a Geisha won the Academy Award for music this year, was nominated in the best original soundtrack category for another picture, Munich. Danny Elfman, for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and John Powell, for Ice Age: The Meltdown, complete the nominees for soundtrack composer of the year. The other songs nominated are "Can't Take It In" from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with music by Harry Gregson-Williams & Imogen Heap, and lyrics by Heap; "Magic Works" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Jarvis Cocker with string arrangement by Patrick Doyle; "Mdlewembe" from Best Foreign Language Oscar-winner Tsotsi, with music by Kabelo "Kaybee" Ikaneng and lyrics by Zola; and "Our Town" from Cars by Randy Newman.
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