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Exclusive: How Emily Hampshire's Breakout TV Roles Are Messing Up Her Dating Life

Exclusive: How Emily Hampshire's Breakout TV Roles Are Messing Up Her Dating Life
Sometimes Emily Hampshire slips into character during dates.

Things get awkward, the Canadian actress tells Et, when her courter suddenly realizes that she's not Stevie Budd, the deadpan, buttoned-up motel clerk she hilariously portrays on Pop TV's Schitt's Creek, which just finished airing a critically acclaimed third season earlier this year. In fact, Hampshire, who frequently breaks into uproarious giggle fits during our freewheeling interview, couldn't be more infectiously giddy and refreshingly forthcoming.

"I feel bad that I'm not Stevie for them, that I'm not as cool as Stevie," the 35-year-old actress says. "They meet me and they're like, 'Oh, you're way more animated than Stevie is.' I can hear the disappointment in their voice."

That's when, she acknowledges, "I try to overcompensate for not being Stevie."

So then they get Jennifer Goines, the brainy but unhinged heroine she plays on Syfy's 12 Monkeys. If you know Jennifer, you know this means Hampshire's dates end with
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Idris Elba has started shooting his directorial debut ‘Yardie’

Idris Elba has officially started principal photography on his directorial debut Yardie.

The news was announced this morning by StudioCanal, confirming that Elba has begun work on the feature adaptation of Victor Headley’s cult novel of the same name. Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, The Butler) starring in the lead role as ‘D’. Yardie will shoot on location in London and Jamaica for seven weeks.

Additionally, Stephen Graham (the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, This Is England, Little Boy Blue) will play the role of Rico, while Idris Elba will star as Piper. The film will introduce exciting new Jamaican talent including Shantol Jackson as Yvonne, Sheldon Shepherd as King Fox and Everaldo Creary as Jerry Dread.

Idris Elba commented: “I am interested in making human stories with characters that are either, full of grace or flawed. In Yardie the audience will see a
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First image for Idris Elba directorial debut 'Yardie' released

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First image for Idris Elba directorial debut 'Yardie' released
Filming has begun on the project, which is based on Victor Headley’s cult novel.

The first image from Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie has been released.

Studiocanal announced today (16 March) that principal photography has started on the film, based on Victor Headley’s cult novel.

Yardie stars Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) in the lead role of ‘D’, with Stephen Graham and Elba playing supporting roles.

The film will introduce Jamaican actors Shantol Jackson, Sheldon Shepherd and Everaldo Creary.

Yardie will shoot on location in London and Jamaica for seven weeks and is financed by Studiocanal, BFI, BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire.

It follows the story of a young Jamaican named ‘D’ who, on arriving in early 1980s London, unexpectedly finds the young man who assassinated his revered brother back in Jamaica ten years before. His quest for justice explodes into a violent street war that could end up killing him and his loved ones.

Idris Elba
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Berlin Film Festival to Pay Tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Ettore Scola

Berlin Film Festival to Pay Tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Ettore Scola
London — The Berlin Film Festival will pay tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Italian director Ettore Scola by presenting special screenings in their honor.

To commemorate Bowie, the festival will show Nicolas Roeg’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth” at Friedrichstadt-Palast on Feb. 12.

David Bowie was a tremendous musician, an avant-garde artist who expressed his creativity in many disciplines,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.

Bowie’s ties to Berlin go back to the time he spent in the city from 1976 to 1978. At the festival, he appeared in the documentaries “Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart,” “Scott Walker — 30 Century Man” and “Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under,” as well as the fiction films “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Mr Rice’s Secret.”

To commemorate Rickman, the Berlinale will show Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1996. The screening
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'I'll remember his kindness and creativity' - readers' tributes to Alan Rickman

Following Alan Rickman’s death on Thursday, we asked you which of his performances were most memorable and how the actor’s work touched your life

I adored Alan Rickman from an early age for his bigger, more widely known roles and became more interested in his more off the beaten track work, such as the incredible Snow Cake film he did with Sigourney Weaver in 2006. As a depressed teenager, often in and out of hospital with frequent, fraught experiences with social services, I wrote him a short letter telling him how his films brought some joy and escapism to my life. With a remarkably quick turnaround came a very encouraging, kind letter back and a signed photo. Thankfully, nearly ten years later, my life has turned around. I will remember this man and his kindness, creativity and compassion fondly for the rest of my life. I only hope he
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Daniel Radcliffe, J.K. Rowling Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman

Daniel Radcliffe, J.K. Rowling Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman
British actor Alan Rickman, who died Thursday at 69, was beloved in the industry for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies as well as roles in “Die Hard,” “Truly Madly Deeply” and “Love Actually.” Among those remembering the versatile actor, known for his delicious villains, were Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and Potter creator J.K. Rowling.

Radcliffe wrote on his Google Plus page “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him
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Watch ‘Triangle’ Every Day in April for National Autism Awareness Month

Take a look at any list of movies dealing with autism — we tend to get them around this time, as yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness Month — and you’ll never see Christopher Smith‘s Triangle alongside such serious titles as Rain Man, Temple Grandin and the documentary Refrigerator Mothers. Maybe it’s just not well-known enough, although the terribly under-seen Snow Cake (featuring Sigourney Weaver’s greatest performance) is on those lists, and it’s even more obscure. The problem for Triangle is likely to do with its autistic character getting so little screen time. The movie is not about autism or autistic persons on the surface, like those mentioned above. However, there is an argument for the whole thing being representative of an autistic mind. Occasionally filmmakers attempt to depict disorders narratively in the form of metaphorical plots. We’ve seen one that ended up taking place completely inside
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Emily Hampshire: International Star You Should Know

Emily Hampshire: International Star You Should Know
Claim To Fame

Montreal-born Emily Hampshire took an ill-fated ride with Alan Rickman in “Snow Cake” (2006) and co-starred with Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” before teaching Jonas Chernick the ropes — literally — in last year’s “My Awkward Sexual Adventure.” The thesp is particularly well known in Canada, having earned three Genie nominations for her work in TV as well as film. Her next pic, “All the Wrong Reasons,” debuts at the Toronto fest.

Northern Beginnings

A casting director saw her in a play, and put her in her first movie. At that fi lm’s Montreal premiere, she once again found herself making travel plans. “One of the producers was driving to Toronto, and at that time Toronto was where it was at. So I hitched a ride with him and I spent the summer in Toronto, and just didn’t stop working after that.”

Movie Mentor

Hampshire
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Toronto Deals: Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films Pick Up Musical Drama 'Hunky Dory'

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Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films have picked up U.S. rights to the musical drama "Hunky Dory." The film stars Minnie Driver ("Good Will Hunting") and is directed by Marc Evans ("Snow Cake"). Set in a Welsh seaside town in the 1970s, the film follows a high school drama teacher (Driver) as she runs up against apathetic students and hostile townsfolk while staging a controversial production of "The Tempest."  In particular, her decision to turn the Shakespeare play into a glam-rock musical puts her at odds with her conservative neighbors. Also read: Toronto Gets Ready
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Exclusive: Broken Social Scene Co-Founder Brendan Canning Scoring Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons'

For his first feature film since 2008's "Adam Resurrected," famed screenwriter and director Paul Schrader is drawing on a particularly diverse and unique group of talent for "The Canyons." Boasting a script penned by Bret Easton Ellis with a cast featuring adult film star James Deen, Lindsay Lohan and up and comers Nolan Funk and Amanda Brook, another intriguing element has been added to the production. Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning has been selected to score "The Canyons." While the musician has found fame and acclaim both as a member of Bss and as a solo artist, he's no stranger to the movie world. Canning has scored films such as Bruce McDonald's “The Tracy Fragments” and “Trigger” as well as “Snow Cake.” And alongside Broken Social Scene, he's participated on soundtrack work for “Half Nelson”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “It’s Kind of a...
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The Film Industry in Cannes - The Actor

All the glitzy photos of Brad and Angelina often make us forget that there are other hard-working actors attending Cannes.  I had a chance to discuss the actor's perspective on the business of Cannes with Canadian actress Emily Hampshire - best known for her roles in Snow Cake and the upcoming Cosmpolis.

What brings you to Cannes, have you been here before?

I've never been to Cannes before.  I am here as part of the cast of David Cronenberg's film Cosmopolis which is in competition this year...and Then I found out that I will also be receiving the inaugural Birks Canadian Diamond award while I'm 'in town' so... I'm thinking my First Time at Cannes is going to be a hard one to beat.

 

Seems very exciting, but hectic.  Is it tough to arrive and go straight to a press conference?

I can't really say it's "tough" to arrive on the Riviera, slip into a Stella MacCartney gown and go straight to a press conference in order to receive an award from my home country with the word "Diamond" in it.  Surreal, Yes. Tough...not so much.

How did you get started in acting?  What do you like about it?

I joined the after-school drama club in high school --because we had to join something and drama seemed like the path of least resistance. Anyway, I got this teeny tiny part in the school play and our vice principal came up to me after the show and seemed to go out of her way to tell me how good and funny I was in it and...well, that's all it took!  From then on I pretty much made acting my life and then began acting professionally when a casting director saw me in a play and called me in for an audition for which I ended up getting the part...which in turn got me an agent.

I feel like acting provides me with this quazi loophole in the universe where I get to live multiple lives. I'm somewhat of a recluse in my own life but at the same time I feel this insatiable desire to "know what it's like" -like, when I hear a story or read an article about someone's extraordinary life...I desperately want to know what it's like to be in their shoes so... I think what I like most about acting is that it allows me to have my cake and eat it too; experience what it's like without any of the consequences.

Where can we see you?  What's next on your plate?

You can see me in the limo with Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis out in theaters now.  And next on my plate is a movie called 'All The Wrong Reasons' that I'll begin shooting in Canada this July.

Any advice for actors looking to catch that first break?

Don't waste your time trying to 'catch' a break: Create it. I think my friend Xavier Dolan is a shining example of that: He wanted to act and no one was giving him a break, so at 18 years old he wrote, directed and starred in his own movie which ended taking him to Cannes.

Technology has made it so much easier for actors -all performers, today. With iMovie and a world stage on YouTube I don't know why anyone would wait for someone to give them anything.

Any "Crazy Cannes" stories come to mind?

Did I mention that I came to Cannes for the First Time and within 2 hours of landing I was given a Diamond!!?? I mean, the only thing crazier than that is the fact that it came with a Gorgeous 20-something French Bodyguard to accompany me to every event while I'm here. baaaahahahah!

Next up...The Film Commission

Written by Zack Coffman.  Follow Zack's film marketing tips and adventures @choppertown on Twitter.

 
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SXSW '12 Review: At Its Best, Harmless 'Hunky Dory' Is Just That

It’s the summer of 1976, and between a conservative school administration and an unrelenting drought, things are beyond dry for Wales’ scrappier teens. It’s little wonder that they flock to the more permissive Miss Mae (Minnie Driver) and her glam-rock interpretation of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" for the school play. Alas, "Hunky Dory" primarily concerns itself with familiar extracurricular woes and offers up much ado about nothing instead of a more rollicking or romantic coming-of-age story.

Each protagonist has their healthy amount of burdens. Mae has to contend with a “small delegation” of disgruntled faculty; to hear it from one, “self-expression doesn’t butter any parsnips” (She is just as puzzled by the remark as we are.) There’s nice guy Davy (Aneurin Barnard) harboring a crush on the play’s co-lead, Stella (Danielle Branch); bullied Kenny (Darren Evans) giving into the peer pressures of his skinhead brethren; and
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Entertainment One Ready to Die in March

The new thriller Die is heading to DVD from Entertainment One, and we have the goods on what to expect once it gets here on March 27th! Roll them bones!!!

From the Press Release

From The Producer Of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Gothika And Silent Hill Comes An Unforgettable Psychological Thriller

The stakes could not be higher in Die for six people trapped in a deadly game of odds from the producer of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Gothika and Silent Hill. In this unrated director’s cut, a group of men and women – a gambler who lives for the cards, a millionaire philanthropist just named “Humanitarian of the Year”, a cop at the end of a gruesome career, a brilliant psychiatrist and family man, a troubled teenager battling drug addictions and a caring nurse whose patients are the only life surrounding her – all on the road to self-destruction wake up in a
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Hidden gems of 2011: the DVDs you may have missed | review

Mark Kermode's pick of the DVDs that were overlooked this year

Benda Bilili!

A strong contender for best film of the year, this electrifying account of Congolese street musicians overcoming incredible odds to bring their invigorating music to the world is a real reason to be cheerful. The soundtrack is infectious, the film-making unobtrusive, and the central characters endlessly inspiring. Bravo!

Patagonia

Diverse and unpredictable in his output, Marc Evans (Resurrection Man, My Litte Eye, Snow Cake) remains one of the UK's most consistently interesting and inventive filmmakers. Somewhat overlooked in cinemas, this lyrical cross-cultural escapade teases out longstanding connections between Wales and Argentina, with Evans drawing together the past and present with ease.

We Were Here

The outbreak of Aids, which ravaged San Francisco in the early 80s, is recounted by those who lived through it, offering a celebration of the indomitable human spirit that enabled diverse communities
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Autism on film: can cinema get it right?

Variety critic Leslie Felperin responded to her son's diagnosis by watching every movie about autism she could find

Some parents go into understandable denial when confronted with the evidence that their child is on the autism spectrum, and some become consumed with a zealous need to seek a cure or ameliorate the symptoms with therapies. Given my profession, my way of dealing with our three-year-old son's diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition (Asc) has been to try and understand the condition as best I could through reading books and watching movies about people with autism. So for the last two years, my husband Tom and I have been working our way – frequently in tears, sometimes laughing with recognition – through as many features and documentaries about people with the condition as we could source. It seems to me from where I'm sitting (on the sofa and in the cinemas) that there are far more,
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First Promo Posters for Hunky Dory, Skills, and Wu Xia

Straight out of the American Film Market (Afm), we’ve got some new images from a few upcoming films. First up is Hunky Dory, which is a musical from the producer of 2000’s Billy Elliott and starring Minnie Driver. The film is directed by Marc Evans (Snow Cake) and centers on a drama teacher who mounts a rock ‘n roll version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a 1970’s high school. The flick will feature an impressive soundtrack that includes the music of David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd. Skills is a Swedish parkour movie, starring Marcus Gustafsson who is one of the world’s leading parkour-artists. It features fight choreography by Ong Bak 2’s Tim Man and is directed by Johannes Pinter (Sleepwalker). Finally, Wu Xia is a martial arts film from Peter Ho-Sun Chan (The Warlords) starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, and Tang Wei. Hit
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Jeremy Piven Celebrates Waska

Jeremy Piven Celebrates Waska
News of a new Jeremy Piven sighting is always cause for celebration, so with a spring in our step on this chilly late November morning we bring you Waska: an indie drama on the way from On a Clear Day director Gaby Dellal.The Waska of the title is the first snowfall of the year, "magical but often treacherous", and the story revolves around the disappearance of a toddler in the snowstorm, and a small community's search for him. The novel by Leslie Schwartz on which the film is based (adapted by Catherine Trieschmann, with the title changed from the eighties-soap-opera-sounding Angel's Crest) is as much about detailed portraits of the townsfolk as it is about the disappearance, so expect toothsome supporting roles for a cast that also includes Mira Sorvino, Thomas Dekker, Lynn Collins, Elizabeth McGovern, Joseph Morgan and Kate Walsh. Immediate wintry comparisons that leap to mind are
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Snow Cake

Honestly, Snow Cake is quite hard to appreciate, subjectively speaking. However, if you're willing to put some effort into the film, you'll probably find it appreciable. Besides, the film's biggest strength is definitely the cast's great performance given that the leading actors are Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss.

On his way to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Alex (Alan Rickman) lets Vivienne (Emily Hampshire), a hitchhiker who wants to go to Wawa, Ontario, hop in his car. However, a drunk truck driver (Callum Keith Rennie) hits Alex's car and as a result of that, he's the only survivor of the car accident. Since Vivienne is dead, Alex feels duty-bound to offer his apologies to Linda (Sigourney Weaver), Vivienne's autistic mother, and keep her company for a few days before heading to Winnipeg. At the same time, Alex will also develop a love relation with Maggie (Carrie-Anne Moss), Linda's neighbour.

As I suggested it,
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Thinkfilm moves to 'Genova'

  • THINKfilm - the medium-sized indie player whose been in the headlines as of late for not paying the bills on time, has found the funds to pick up the North American rights to Michael WinterbottomMichael Winterbottom
[/link]'s latest. Genova will show at the Toronto Film Festival and then compete at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in mid September.   Prior to a recent batch of politically-minded narratives (both in fiction and docu forms), Winterbottom's body of work often switches genre branches, so even though he hasn't touched upon the occult, this mystery set on the cobblestone streets of the flagship city is not a huge departure for the Brit filmmaker.   Written by Laurence Coriat (who had recently scripted Patagonia - a two for the price of one road movie  with director Marc Evans of Snow Cake -- Rickman/Weaver fame helming), this is a coming-of-age story that concerns a British
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And Weaver makes 3 for Uni's 'Baby'

Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to join Tina Fey and Amy Pohler in the comedy Baby Mama for Universal Pictures.

Written and directed by Michael McCullers, the film centers on a single career woman (Fey) whose desire to have a child and keep her career leads her to hire a surrogate (Pohler). Weaver will play Chaffee Bicknell, owner and operator of the surrogate agency that Fey's character uses.

Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing through their Michaels Goldwyn banner. Jill Messick is executive producing.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in May.

Weaver, whose recent credits include Snow Cake, The TV Set and Imaginary Heroes, next appears in Columbia Pictures' thriller Vantage Point and David Auburn's The Girl in the Park. She also is about to begin work on James Cameron's special effects extravaganza Avatar.

She also narrated the 11-part BBC documentary Planet Earth that aired on Discovery Channel in the U.S.

She is repped by UTA and attorney Alan Wertheimer.
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