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Production begins on 'Victoria And Abdul'

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the Working Title drama from Stephen Frears starring Judi Dench in what will be her second on-screen portrayal of Queen Victoria.

Shooting will take place at locations across Scotland, India, and England. Focus is financing Victoria And Abdul in association with BBC Films.

Ali Fazal of Furious 7 plays Abdul Karim, a young clerk who forges a close friendship with the queen that is frowned upon by her inner circle after he travels from India to participate in her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Dench played Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown (pictured) in 1997.

Billy Elliot screenwriter wrote the Victoria And Abdul script based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen’s Closest Confidant.

The cast includes Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar.

Focus will open the film in limited release in North America on September »

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In October 2016, Including ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’

22 September 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month, Netflix offers up a big selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Best Picture winners to teen phenomenons — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.

1. “Unforgiven” (available October 1)

The winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film “Unforgiven” is the last Western he directed and starred in, and he made it count. About an aging outlaw tasked with one final job, the film examines the myths of the West and how they’re perverted and distorted over time, as well as the contradictions within established national archetypes. It’s arguably Eastwood’s defining masterpiece, and one of the very best films of the 90s. See it immediately.

2. “Dazed and Confused” (available October 1)

The 1993 cult classic “Dazed and Confused »

- Vikram Murthi

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Jason Clarke to Co-Star with Helen Mirren in Haunted House Movie Winchester

14 September 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Company is coming to visit Helen Mirren's character in the upcoming haunted house movie Winchester, as CBS Films announced that Jason Clarke has joined the cast as a psychiatrist who gets a lot more than he bargained for when he's sent to the haunted Winchester mansion to check on Sarah Winchester's (Helen Mirren) mental well-being.

Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination, Daybreakers), Winchester will begin filming early next year in Melbourne, Australia, before coming stateside to shoot in the real-life Winchester Mystery House. For more information, we have the official press release with full details:

Press Release: Los Angeles – September 13, 2016 – CBS Films announced today that Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty) is joining Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Eye in the Sky) in the supernatural thriller WinchesterMichael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination) are directing the film based on their screenplay with Tom Vaughan. »

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Emma Stone Is Oscars Frontrunner After La La Land Best Actress Win in Venice

12 September 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Awards season is just getting started, but Emma Stone has just emerged as an early favorite to take home the Oscar for Best Actress. She has once again paired with Ryan Gosling in the musical La La Land, which played recently at the Venice Film Festival. The movie was received incredibly well, and Stone took home the best actress prize at the festival, making her an early Academy Awards favorite.

Stone plays Mia in La La Land, an aspiring actress and playwright who is in love with old movie stars, but lives in modern day Los Angeles. The movie recently made its debut in North America at the Telluride International Film Festival where it also received a ton of praise. Variety caught up with Stone at Telluride and she discussed the role of Mia a bit. Here is what she had to say.

"I definitely understood the feeling of moving »

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Venice: Emma Stone Wins Best Actress Prize for ‘La La Land’

10 September 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice, Italy — Emma Stone won the Venice Film Festival’s best actress prize Saturday for her role as Mia, an aspiring actress and playwright who’s deep into the magic of the old movie stars, in Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land.”

In a recent interview with Variety at the Telluride Film Festival where the film saw its North American debut, Stone talked about identifying with the character of Mia.

“I definitely understood the feeling of moving to Los Angeles and having a dream to be an actor in films and to get to be a part of things that I loved and inspire people in some way,” she said. “It’s pretty insane that we’re talking about this movie and it’s something that I’m so proud and excited to be a part of, when that is the goal of the character, is to be a part of something like this. »

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Oscars: 'Eye in the Sky' Ensemble to Compete in Supporting Categories (Exclusive)

8 September 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The entire cast of Bleecker Street's critically acclaimed spring release Eye in the Sky — including Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi — will be promoted for Oscar consideration in the supporting acting categories, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Mirren, a best actress Oscar winner for 2006's The Queen, had been expected to compete in that category again, while supporting categorizations always were a given for Rickman (who died in January), Paul and Abdi (a best supporting actor nominee for 2013's Captain Phillips). The strategy of pushing all members of a large ensemble in the supporting acting categories

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Collateral Beauty Trailer Must Watch

7 September 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Big Willie is on the comeback trail and man, is he knocking it out of the park in the first trailer for Collateral Beauty. Yes, this is aiming at awards season and yes, this looks absolutely stunning and so, so poignant. And no that's not a tear running down my cheek...it's a waterfall!!! When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way. Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (Suicide Squad, Concussion), Edward Norton (Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Michael Peña (The Martian), Naomie Harris (Spectre), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) and Helen Mirren (The Queen, Trumbo). Frankel directs from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (Wall Street:. »

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The Journey review – Northern Ireland history lesson recast as bromance

7 September 2016 1:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This fictionalised take on how Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness set aside sectarian hatred to pursue peace talks pitches Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney into odd-couple comedy while simultaneously tiptoeing on eggshells

It sounds like a segment from The X Factor – or possibly like something inspired by Tony Blair’s autobiography, which famously wouldn’t even commit itself to the definite article: A Journey. Actually it’s a strained, dramatically inert and often frankly silly odd-couple bromance fantasy about the Northern Ireland peace process negotiations. The film looks like a borderline-acceptable TV play (lasting an hour) or conceivably a stage play that Peter Morgan could have done something with. Actually, the movie’s scene with a crashed car and a deer appears to have been inspired by The Queen, written by Morgan.

The question it sets out to ask is perfectly valid: how on earth did the Dup veteran Rev Ian Paisley »

- Peter Bradshaw

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45 TV Shows You Need To Catch This Fall

28 August 2016 3:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

45 TV Shows You Need To Catch This Fall 1 of 46   

Click to skip The Strain

When? August 28th at 10pm on FX

Why? Because three seasons in and The Strain still remains a juicy, pulpy, often delectable piece of summer programming.

You're The Worst

When? August 31st at 10pm on Fxx

Why? Anticipating where creator/writer Stephen Falk will pick up after last year’s epically poignant and romantic cliffhanger has made 2016 slow to a crawl, so here’s to hoping season 3 keeps You’re the Worst on the creative and bravely cutting upswing it's been on since the pilot.

Narcos

When? September 2nd on Netflix

Why? Narcos took everyone by storm last year and proved to be one of the streaming service's biggest hits. With season 2 set to place a larger focus on Pablo, we're giddy with anticipation to see where it can go from here.

Atlanta

When? September 6th at 10pm on FX

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- Mark Cassidy

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Watch Helen Mirren Shut Down a Sexist Interviewer Back in 1975

23 August 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Helen Mirren is no stranger to the sexism of the film industry, having worked in film and television since the mid-’60s. Now that an uncomfortable 1975 interview between a young Mirren and host Michael Parkinson has resurfaced, there’s video evidence showing just how long she’s been combating it. The video features Parkinson asking Mirren a barrage of sexist questions and her firmly taking him to task. Watch the full interview below.

Read More: Helen Mirren Stands Up For a Future Full of Women Directors

In the interview, Parkinson first introduces the actress as a “sex queen” and then quotes a number of theater critics who focus on her sensuality and “sluttish eroticism.” He then brings her onstage and asks her almost immediately if her “equipment” (read: breasts) hinders her in the pursuit of being a serious actress. “Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is that what you mean? »

- Vikram Murthi

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Stephen Frears Hits All the Right Notes with Florence Foster Jenkins

19 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Totally relaxed in his Ritz-Carleton suite on Central Park South, his arms spread wide on a rather tasteful couch, Stephen Frears held court not at all like the monarch in his biggest success, The Queen, (2006). His press conference for his latest effort, Florence Foster Jenkins, will take place one hour later with about 40 journalists in attendance. His stars -- Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg -- would then be asked 95% of the questions. Not surprising. Directors, for the most, part do not drive traffic to web sites, sadly, even ones as near legendary as Frears.

Besides helming six of his past female leads to Academy-Award-nominated performances (Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening in The Grifters, plus Judi Dench in both Philomena and Mrs. Henderson Presents) and one Oscar win (Helen Mirren as the aforementioned queen), Frears has »

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Florence Foster Jenkins Review

13 August 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In recent years, Meryl Streep has showcased her singing voice in films like Mamma Mia, Into the Woods and Ricki and the Flash. So, it seems like a particular brand of karmic retribution that she wind up playing the title character in Florence Foster Jenkins, the latest release from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena). Set in 1944 New York, the film follows the real-life heiress as she pursues opera singing, despite her notorious lack of skill as a vocalist.

At this point, pointing out that Streep completely disappears in the role almost seems unnecessary. After all, she has already received a record-breaking 19 Academy Award nominations for her performances (including three wins), and given how much the Academy loves her, it’s inevitable that at least some Oscar buzz will result from her turn as Florence. While she is a strong woman, the character — as portrayed by Streep — has such »

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How Meryl Streep Embraced Being Awful in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ – Video

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On the surface, Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” looks like one of those soft, middlebrow, costume pictures aimed straight at the smart adult demo. Fine.

But it’s more than that. It’s a delicious, immersive escape into a lost New York of period cars and “men in tuxedos and women in evening gowns,” as Frears told me in an interview. He reveled in recreating that vintage Manhattan in London, and giving Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant a chance to shine.

Directors count on three-time Oscar-winner Streep to deliver for them, but this particular role marks an especially high degree of difficulty. Florence Foster Jenkins was a wealthy middle-aged music lover who couldn’t sing on key, but insisted on performing for increasingly larger audiences, who loved her anyway. She was infectiously entertaining.

“The script [by Nicholas Martin] was more or less what we shot, very good,” said Frears. “They sent me the link to YouTube. »

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How Meryl Streep Embraced Being Awful in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ – Video

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On the surface, Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” looks like one of those soft, middlebrow, costume pictures aimed straight at the smart adult demo. Fine.

But it’s more than that. It’s a delicious, immersive escape into a lost New York of period cars and “men in tuxedos and women in evening gowns,” as Frears told me in an interview. He reveled in recreating that vintage Manhattan in London, and giving Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant a chance to shine.

Directors count on three-time Oscar-winner Streep to deliver for them, but this particular role marks an especially high degree of difficulty. Florence Foster Jenkins was a wealthy middle-aged music lover who couldn’t sing on key, but insisted on performing for increasingly larger audiences, who loved her anyway. She was infectiously entertaining.

“The script [by Nicholas Martin] was more or less what we shot, very good,” said Frears. “They sent me the link to YouTube. »

- Anne Thompson

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Film Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

12 August 2016 5:29 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In the opening scene of Florence Foster Jenkins, an awkwardly serious Meryl Streep is belayed down tentatively onto the stage, clad in an eccentrically angelic outfit. She makes her appearance to sing and inspire her songwriter husband (St. Clair Bayfield, a delightful Hugh Grant), she proclaims. 

Though the rest of the film does not stray far from this first sequence’s comfortable mold—Florence Foster delivering a borderline ridiculous but charmingly funny performance at the side of her indulgent mate—director Stephen Frears’ finished product is nevertheless a complex and touching exploration of the importance of pursuing happiness in the face of silent adversity. The movie is, in a nutshell, a surprisingly thought-provoking biopic that ranks at least as high as Julie & Julia in the canon of Ms. Streep’s brilliant career, even as it induces deep discomfort in the truth-valuing viewer.

Florence Foster is a historical figure that lived »

- J Don Birnam

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Weekend Box Office Preview: ‘Suicide Squad’ Will Live at #1, While ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Fights Off ‘Sausage Party’

11 August 2016 5:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Critics be damned, but Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. Comics offering, “Suicide Squad,” will again prevail at the box office this weekend, against three new wide releases: “Sausage Party” (Sony), “Pete’s Dragon” (Buena Vista) and “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount). However, it’s unclear whether “Sausage” or “Dragon” will come in second place.

Also up for debate is how much, if any, improvement we’ll see from the same weekend in 2015, when “Straight Outta Compton” dominated a Top Ten that totaled $130 million. Assuming “Suicide” doesn’t replicate the 69% second weekend collapse of “Batman v Superman” (that would place it around $40 million), and the new openings do expected business, $140 million or more is likely.

While holding the top spot for two weekends is always a nice bragging right, the real fate of “Suicide” lies in determining the profit it can eke out against a production and marketing budget of more than $300 million. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Winchester Starring Helen Mirren Gets CBS Films Acquisition

11 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

CBS Films announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Winchester from Bullitt Entertainment and Diamond Pictures. The film is being directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination) who wrote the screenplay for Winchester with Tom Vaughan.  Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) will star, with Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin …

The post Winchester Starring Helen Mirren Gets CBS Films Acquisition first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »

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'Florence Foster Jenkins' Review: Meryl Streep Sings Her Way to Glory

11 August 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Meryl Streep has a ball giving her all to the title role of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Ed Wood of delusional opera singers. Like Wood, whose talent for filmmaking fell hilariously short of his passion for the game (see Plan 9 From Outer Space), Jenkins lived in a pumpkin shell where she's kept very well by her protective common-law husband and manager St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant). In the social circles of 1940's Manhattan, Bayfield persuaded sympathetic socialites and bribable critics to indulge his wealthy wife's fantasies by lining up vocal coaches, »

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Press Conference: Chat with Meryl Streep & Florence Foster Jenkins Cast

11 August 2016 5:48 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

On Monday we attended a press conference with Meryl Streep and her two costars Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg for their new film Florence Foster Jenkins. Also in attendance was director Stephen Frears, who in years past did The Queen and Philomena.

Streep plays the title character, a notably bad singer who lived in New York in the 1940s but who, in part thanks to her immense wealth, was able to sing in Carnegie Hall. Grant plays Florence’s partner, who normally shielded her from the truth about her talents by mockers and scoffers, and Helberg played her hapless piano teacher, who must deal with the aloof student.

The conversation with the talent covered everything from whether they identified with their characters, to working with each other, and world events. Here are some of the highlights.

What was your first introduction to Florence Foster Jenkins, when did you first hear of her? »

- J Don Birnam

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Hugh Grant Compares ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Director Stephen Frears to Woody Allen and Ang Lee

10 August 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chandeliers hung from the white tarp tent covering the “Florence Foster Jenkins” red carpet during the film’s New York premiere at the AMC Loews on Tuesday night.

While the film’s titular star, Meryl Streep sped by the press line, her co-star Hugh Grant spoke about his relationship with Stephen Frears, the British director who has led such Oscar-nominated films as “Philomena” and “The Queen.”

“He and I used to get together and show each other scripts and say, ‘Do we like this?’ And we’d convince ourselves we did and then chicken out at the last moment,” Grant said. “But this time we followed through.”

Grant added that he expected Frears to be a hands-on director, but he turned out to be the exact opposite.

“Whatever question I asked him in pre-production he would say ‘I don’t know. You decide,'” he recalled. “He reminded me in »

- Seth Kelley

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