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Release Date: Nov. 22, 2013 (limited)
DVD Release: Unknown
Run Time: 98 minutes
Box Office: $33.7 million domestic; $51.6 million foreign
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92 percent fresh
Movie Math: (The Handmaid’s Tale minus the dystopia) + The Catholic Church x (The Trip minus the impressions) x (Driving Miss Daisy minus Morgan Freeman) divided by Philadelphia.
Tweetable Description: Sweet, old Irish lady and arrogant journalist team up to find her long-lost son, taken from her by evil nuns. Tears ensue.
- Denise Warner
Helen Mirren knows what's it's like to be smiled upon by Oscar, having snagged the Best Actress trophy in 2007 for her astonishing transformation in The Queen. And, now the British thespian is hoping the golden guy will bestow his charmed touch on one particular contender gunning for Tinseltown's ultimate kudos. "I know who I want to win," she told reporters at Friday's seventh-annual Women in Film pre-Oscar party, sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, Mac and MaxMara in Los Angeles. "In terms of film, I really want 12 Years a Slave to be recognized. I'm really hoping that happens." Indeed, Mirren is getting behind »
- Alexis L. Loinaz
Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman. You can’t think of these adventures without instantly hearing the music. Film scores have always been the emotional heart of the story that forever resonates with an audience.
For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy presented a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs.
In what was a glorious program for music lovers, the huge audience at UCLA’s Royce Hall experienced an unforgettable night. The Academy’s 80-piece orchestra performed suites from each of the nominated original scores and prior to each piece, all the nominated composers participated in a brief conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.
Musician, Common, was the perfect host for this historic event. After a enthusiastic introduction by the actor, the evening began with Academy Governor Charles Fox conducting Jerry Goldsmith’s “Fanfare for Oscar. »
- Michelle McCue
The 2014 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we couldn't help but notice that there's not one, but two women nominated for playing our favorite kind of Oscar–nominated role: the brash, tough-talking older matriarch, a role we affectionately call "the Mema," after Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell's grandmother from Reelz's reality series Hollywood Hillbillies. Of course, a "Mema" isn't nominated every year, but with Jane Squibb from Nebraska and Meryl Streep from August: Osage County both being nominated in a "Mema" role, we thought we'd share some of our favorites "Mema" nominations in advance of this weekend's telecast.
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- Ryan Gowland
The Oscars inspire various emotions in film producers: suspense, elation, deflation … and relief. Whatever the outcome, award season is finally over. "They are very exciting, but it's got to the point where they take up a big chunk of the year," observes Christine Langan, head of BBC Films. "You're barely through the summer when the pundits are coming up with a programme of what to watch."
Still, she grants, for those outside the major studios, gongs can be a film's best friend. "Working in the independent sector, you're in the lunatic gang anyway, hoping for some magic – a really unusual story or a really knockout performance – so of course awards are important. They can prolong the life of your film, get it noticed, »
- Ben Walters
All but one of our 29 Oscar Experts are predicting that "Gravity" will win Best Score at the Oscars on Sunday. That overwhelming support Steven Price leading odds of 1/10 to take home an Academy Award on his first nomination. Pete Hammond (Deadline) is the lone holdout; he is predicting that four-time Oscar also-ran Alexandre Desplat ("The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The King's Speech," "Argo") will prevail for "Philomena." He is in second place with odds of 20/1. In third position with 33/1 odds is "Her", composed by first-time nominees William Butler (from Arcade Fire) and Owen Pallett. Fourth place is held by perennial also-ran Thomas Newman for "Saving Mr. Banks" with 50/1 odds. He has yet to win in his long career despite 11 previous nominations. Five-time Oscar champ John Williams is »
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
TWC has boarded prestige drama The Woman in Gold, the Origin Pictures-BBC Films period drama ripped from the headlines about a Jewish refugee who took on a government to recover art treasures that belonged to her family.
According to ScreenDaily sources, TWC will handle international sales, Us distribution and has been across the production of the project.
Helen Mirren is attached to play Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who, with her young lawyer Randol Schoenberg, took on the Austrian government to reclaim a haul of prized Gustav Klimt paintings that were stolen from her family by the Nazis during the Second World War.
The haul includes Klimt’s The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, itself worth more than $130m.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, stirred humorous uproar at the star-studded BAFTA awards in London last night as he presented an award to Dame Helen Mirren. The Prince, on stage to present the actress with the prestigious BAFTA fellowship award, quipped that Dame Helen was “an extremely talented British actress I should probably call Granny”. Dame Helen, who won a 2006 BAFTA for playing his grandmother in ‘The Queen’, took the joke in good taste. The 68-year-old actress collected her award at the end of the glamorous ceremony at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. Viewers were able to enjoy the action live on Filmon.com A star-studded crowd, including Brad [ Read More ]
The post Prince William shocks the BAFTAs appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Paris – Bucking Berlin’s market downturn, Euro film/TV group Studiocanal is closing a weighty deal on its market debut “Man Up” and has sold much of the world on its major auteur crossover offering at Berlin, “Untitled Stephen Frears Project.”
Starring Simon Pegg (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Lake Bell (“In a World”), and produced by the U.K.’s Big Talk, Ben Palmer’s “Man Up” is the subject of advanced negotiations for a multi-territory deal with a Hollywood studio taking in Latin America and a sizeable portion of Europe.
A romantic comedy in the vein of “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Proposal” and “The Five Year Engagement, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
New Delhi, Feb 18: Indian make-up company Fat Mu's team has joined the make-up design entourage of Hollywood film "The Best Of Exotic Marigold Hotel 2", currently being shot in Rajasthan with Judi Dench and Richard Gere.
A team of the company, started by make-up artists Natasha Nischol and Virginia Holmes, is working with BAFTA nominated make-up designer Daniel Phillips, who has worked on films like "The Queen", "The Duchess" and "Jane Eyre".
"We are very lucky to get this opportunity to work with one of Britain's biggest make-up designers. Not only is Phillips an amazing make-up and hair designer...he also happens to be a. »
- Arun Pandit
Kate Middleton and the Queen welcomed some major movie stars to Buckingham Palace on Monday evening (February 17), including Helen Mirren, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and new Downton Abbey star Richard E Grant.
Helen Mirren accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night.
The Queen actress said last week that she feels "attached to [Elizabeth I] in some invisible way".
Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) welcomed Helen Mirren to Buckingham Palace on Monday night as part of a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Reception, hosted by Prince William's wife and The Queen.
Helen, who has played a host of royals over her career, including Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II (Britain's current monarch), was among a host of stars who greeted Kate and the Queen.
"My husband called you granny last night," Kate quipped to Helen, according to multiple reports, including one in Britain's Daily Mail.
Photos: The Queen & Duchess Catherine's Dramatic Arts Reception
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Princess Kate was back alongside Queen Elizabeth at the palace Monday - and back in an Alexander McQueen dress she originally wore at a special occasion to mark her royal majesty's 60 years on the throne in 2012. Kate, 32, was helping the Queen host a reception for British actors and actresses at Buckingham Palace. A day after Prince William presented Helen Mirren with a fellowship at the BAFTAs, Kate attended Monday's event, which marked the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution that the dramatic arts make to national life. The evening was given extra »
- Simon Perry
Prince William was a perfect presenter at Sunday night's star-studded BAFTAs in London - and just as funny and charming backstage, according to one of the night's top honorees. Dame Helen Mirren, who received a BAFTA Fellowship from the Duke of Cambridge at London's Royal Opera House, tells People, "He was so great backstage - so lovely. He was very easy, very relaxed." The Queen star - who won the Best Actress of 2006 Oscar for playing William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II - added that the future king represents a new kind of relaxed and fun-loving royal. (William seemed to prove »
- Phil Boucher
For Sunday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, EW sent London-based reporter Matt Mueller to give his On the Scene report of the biggest night in filmmaking across the pond. Warning: Britishisms ahoy!
It was an evening of princes, dames, and former talk-show queens at the BAFTAs — or, as they’re officially known but no one in Britain actually calls them, the Ee BAFTAs (Ee being the British Verizon, not to be rhymed with “wee,” the British slang for urine, but rather articulated like the poet e.e. cummings).
The red carpet walkway laid down before London »
- Matt Mueller
Mirren will take on the role of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who launched a legal battle in the 1980s to reclaim five paintings by Gustav Klimt which were stolen by the Nazis.
These included The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which alone is priced at over $130 million (£78 million).
Mirren accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards last night.
The Queen star said last week that she feels "attached to [Elizabeth I] in some invisible way".
Alexi Kaye Campbell is working on the screenplay about Altmann, who died in 2011 at the age of 94. »
Spoiler alert! If you are going to watch the BAFTA broadcast Sunday night on BBC America and want to be surprised, read no further.The force of Gravity was strong at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday - but it was unflinching drama 12 Years a Slave that took the top prize. Steve McQueen's visceral, violent story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in the 19th-century U.S. South was named best picture. Its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, took the male acting trophy. Ejiofor thanked McQueen, a visual artist who turned to filmmaking with Hunger and Shame, for »
- Associated Press
Dame Helen Mirren has accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards.
Mirren was given the award tonight (February 16) during the glitzy ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London, hosted by Stephen Fry.
Gravity, 12 Years a Slave lead winners at 2014 BAFTA Awards
The Duke of Cambridge made a cheeky reference to Mirren's work in The Queen during his address.
"An actress, I should probably call [you] Granny," he joked.
Mirren went on to use her speech to pay tribute to her marriage to filmmaker Taylor Hackford, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
"Thank you so much. I just want to quickly blow a kiss to my husband who can't be here tonight and he's such a good supporter," she said.
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Prince William stirred up royal fever at the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday night, walking the red carpet in a classic black tux before taking his front-row seat in the audience. The prince took center stage with Jeremy Irons to present the fellowship award to Helen Mirren. The moment had been highly anticipated, as Helen famously played William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in her 2006 hit movie, The Queen. Host Stephen Fry got in on the fun, saying, "Helen Mirren has bought her grandson along. Welcome the Duke of Cambridge." The prince has kept up with a busy schedule lately. On Friday, William and Prince Harry got knee deep in water to assist with flood relief efforts in Datchet, England. Last week, William grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons during a hunting trip with his brother and former flame Jecca Craig. Keep reading to see the prince's latest photos »
- Nick Maslow
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