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Maggie Smith’s ‘Lady in the Van’ Gets December Release in U.S.

24 August 2015 2:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has set an awards-qualifying December release in the U.S. for “The Lady in the Van,” starring Maggie Smith.

The film will premiere as a special presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Lady in the Van” is a film version of a British play that starred Smith. The movie is directed by Nicholas Hytner, who also directed the play. Producers are Damian Jones, Kevin Loader and Hynter.

The film is a TriStar production and tells the true story of playwright Alan Bennett’s strained friendship with Mary Shepherd (Smith), an eccentric woman who parked her broken-down van in Bennett’s London driveway and lived there for 15 years.

Alex Jennings plays Bennett. Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent and James Corden also star.

The film is Hytner’s first directorial outing after ending his decade at the head of the British National Theatre. »

- Dave McNary

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Spc plots 'The Lady In The Van' awards run

24 August 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Classics will schedule a qualifying run for its Toronto-bound Maggie Smith starrer The Lady In The Van.

Former head of the National Theatre Nicholas Hytner directs from Alan Bennett’s autobiographical screenplay about his friendship with a women who parked her broken van in his London driveway for 15 years.

Alex Jennings also stars in The Lady In The Van, which gets its world premiere Special Presentation screening in Toronto on September 12.

The cast includes Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent and James Corden

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader produced with Hytner, whose directing credits include The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Spc will distribute in North America after the qualifying run. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Spc plots 'Van' awards run

24 August 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Classics will schedule a qualifying run for its Toronto-bound Maggie Smith starrer The Lady In The Van.

Former head of the National Theatre Nicholas Hytner directs from Alan Bennett’s autobiographical screenplay about his friendship with a women who parked her broken van in his London driveway for 15 years.

Alex Jennings also stars in The Lady In The Van, which gets its world premiere Special Presentation screening in Toronto on September 12.

The cast includes Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent and James Corden

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader produced with Hytner, whose directing credits include The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Spc will distribute in North America after the qualifying run. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto International Film Festival Premieres Include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already And Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler

18 August 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.

In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.

Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason BatemanCary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás CuarónJulie Delpy, Rebecca MillerRob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.

The various films listed below star Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Gary Oldman, Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, »

- Michelle McCue

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'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Tribeca 2015: ‘Man Up’ Fails to Woman Up

23 April 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Man Up (2015)

Written by Tess Morris

Directed by Ben Palmer

UK, France, 2015

At 34, Nancy (Londoner-accented Lake Bell) is a flakey journalist on the reluctant look for love at the pestering of friends and family. Through a case of mistaken identity hinging on a self-help book, she winds up on a date turned epic day with Jack (Simon Pegg), an online marketing manager. Charming, right? It’s this on-the-nose “charm” which will divide audiences into lovers and haters (with this viewer falling more towards the latter). In spite of a stellar cast, Man Up falls flat on its promising premise of being a rom-com for nonbelievers.

From the very outset, Nancy is the cool-not-cool girl of quirky nonchalance – watching Silence of the Lambs, writing affirmations in her moleskine, chomping on a baguette, flailing in interactions with members of the opposite sex. Everything she does and says denotes a certain out-of-place yet above-it-all persona, »

- Diana Drumm

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Sam Claflin on The Riot Club, Playing a Wanker, and His Pretty Woman Moment

27 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When The Riot Club debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September, I predicted it would be your next favorite pretty-boys flick. Think The History Boys meets Skulls, but with satirical commentary on the English class system and a cast straight out of British GQ. Based on Laura Wade’s play Posh, the film follows a club of hedonistic wankers, including The Hunger GamesSam Claflin, Jupiter Ascending’s Douglas Booth, and The Host’s Max Irons. But no cast member has more to chew on than Claflin, whose character Alastair has spent his life living in the shadow of his older brother, and [spoiler] who actually stands on a table during a debauched formal dinner and makes a speech about how much he hates poor people. Claflin, for the record, grew up very much not posh in Ipswich, Suffolk. Vulture spoke to him by phone about playing the bad guy for once, »

- Jada Yuan

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Mila Kunis On Late Late Show With James Corden Previews! Video

23 March 2015 1:22 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mila Kunis is married!Check out the bombshell that Mila Kunis lays on James during the first ever Late Late Show with James Corden. Premieres tonight at 12:35a/11:35c. Only CBSShe reveals this on tonight’s James Corden chat show. Starting tonight as the new host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, James Corden will be changing things up with group interviews, singing, celebrity games and music from M&C favorite Reggie Watts.Corden, 36, is the youngest late-night host on a major network.Illustrious beginnings for Corden, who starred in the original cast of “The History Boys,” and took a 2012 Tony Award (best […] »

- April Neale

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James Corden on Taking Over ‘The Late Late Show’ and Winning Over America

3 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Corden is nervous.

The launch of his “Late Late Show” on CBS is just weeks away, and he’s questioning everything. The set. The logo. His wardrobe. Himself.

“There’s good nerves and there’s bad nerves,” he says. “It’s good nerves that spur you on, and bad nerves that debilitate you. If I can find the good nerves, I’ll be very grateful.”

The 36-year-old British comedian knows he’s facing an uphill battle to win over American audiences — make that even introduce himself to them. He may have nearly 5 million Twitter followers, but as he is quick to point out, “They’re all back in the U.K.”

He also has to win over celebrities — and more crucially, publicists, so that he can land key bookings for his couch. Despite his many talents, he’s never hosted a talkshow of this scale before, so reps are understandably skittish, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Russell Tovey: ‘I was a scared, skinny little rat. Then I hit the gym…’

1 March 2015 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It took the Essex actor a decade to fully regain his confidence after falling victim to a knife attack at 18. And a decade, too, to be comfortable portraying his own sexuality on stage and screen. Now the former History Boy is going from strength to strength

It’s freezing in London, three-layer weather, but Russell Tovey is wearing only a T-shirt. So what, I say, steering the 33-year-old inside a warm-looking cafe, you don’t feel the cold these days? Now that you’re…

Now that the actor is broader, musclier, or to use a phrase that was popular in his native Essex when he was growing up, a unit. If you’ve kept a mental picture of Russell Tovey from his early-career days as one of the National’s original History Boys, or from his later screen stuff, in Him & Her and Sherlock – well, take that mental picture and stretch it. »

- Tom Lamont

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Check Out The Hilarious Trailer for The Lady In The Van Starring Dame Maggie Smith

26 February 2015 10:34 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Based on a true story by writer Alan Bennett, watch the first trailer for director The Lady In The Van, starring Maggie SmithDominic CooperJames Corden and Jim Broadbent.

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

The Lady In The Van is the big screen adaptation of writer Alan Bennett’s iconic and celebrated memoir, directed by long-standing Bennett collaborator Nicholas Hytner – The Madness of King George and The History Boys.

Nestled in a prime spot for the end of the year awards season, and a possible nomination for Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van opens in theaters on November 2015.

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- Melissa Thompson

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As If: 10 year retrospective of the cult Channel 4 teen drama - part 2

23 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Last year, As If celebrated 10 years since it came to an end on Channel 4. Digital Spy looks back on the cult series, speaking to several of the main cast about their memories of the show.

As If: 10 year retrospective of the cult Channel 4 teen drama - part 1

The sad fact with As If, is that it is almost impossible to track down today. The show has never been released on DVD, due to a copyright issue with the music. Without the music, it simply wouldn't be As If.

"Given the choice between no music so we can release the DVD, I'd choose the music," said Caroline Chikezie (Sasha). "They used to say the music was the seventh cast member, it was so important. It just took it to a whole new level. I guess it's worth not having a DVD release just to keep the music."

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