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UK TV ratings: Casualty was watched by 4.2 million last night on BBC One

9 August 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Casualty appealed to more than 4 million viewers on BBC One last night (August 8), according to overnight figures.

The drama treated 4.24m (24.2%) from 9.10pm, after The National Lottery: Five Star Family Reunion took 3.01m (18.3%).

Earlier from 6.25pm, an airing of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom averaged 2.49m (17.5%).

On BBC Two, a repeat of Dad's Army entertained 1.49m (8.8%) from 8.40pm, before Keira Knightley's The Duchess was watched by 1.11m (6.7%).

Over on ITV, Keep It in the Family began with 2.77m (18.6%) in the 7pm hour. The Cube followed with 2.35m (14.6%) and The Bourne Identity thrilled 1.29m (8%) from 9pm.

Channel 4's Homes by the Sea averaged 804k (5.4%) in the 7pm hour. The A-Team attracted 784k (4.9%) later on.

On Channel 5, Killer Landslides had an audience of 458k (2.8%), and Football League Tonight opened with 578k (3.4%).

The multichannels were topped at primetime by Lewis, which »

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Mr. Holmes movie review: the case of the missing myth

22 July 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Mr. Holmes' (2015) Movie Review

17 July 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Elegantly executed through sincere emotions, graceful maturity and tremendously striking performances, Mr. Holmes is a wonderful return-to-form for director Bill Condon. Following a series of disappointing efforts like the muddled The Fifth Estate and exasperating The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn movies, the filmmaker channels what made him such a haunting force, further humanizing Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary fictional figure and quaintly extenuating his character's story with tons of heart, wit and poise. Based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind", this iteration of Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) finds the notorious detective in 1947, 93-years-old and living under the exaggerated shadow created by his late partner Watson's pen. With a failing mind and continuously haunted by the one mystery he couldn't solve, the retired celebrity returns from Hiroshima, Japan to once again live under the care of his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son »

- Will Ashton

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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama

23 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Ralph Fiennes is to direct a feature drama about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The as-yet-untitled drama is being written by acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare, who collaborated with Fiennes on 2008 Oscar-winner The Reader, which was Hare’s last feature.

Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana – who previously collaborated with Fiennes on The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus and The Duchess - is on board to produce the feature, which is being developed with BBC Films and is set to be co-produced by former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is understood not to be a  biopic but instead charts a specific incident in the life of the celebrated dancer who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The volatile former Royal Ballet star, whose stage partners »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolph Nureyev drama

23 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Ralph Fiennes is to direct a feature drama about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev.

The as-yet-untitled drama is being written by acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare, who collaborated with Fiennes on 2008 Oscar-winner The Reader, which was Hare’s last feature.

Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana – who previously collaborated with Fiennes on The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus and The Duchess - is on board to produce the feature, which is being developed with BBC Films and is set to be co-produced by former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is understood not to be a  biopic but instead charts a specific incident in the life of the celebrated dancer who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The volatile former Royal Ballet star, whose stage partners »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Lachapelle, 'Philomena' producers team on Sergei Polunin film

22 April 2015 4:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: WestEnd heads to Cannes with doc about controversial ballet star. First look still released.

Acclaimed photographer and director David Lachapelle, Oscar-nominated producer Gabrielle Tana and Philomena star Steve Coogan are among the team collaborating on a documentary about controversial ballet dancer Sergei Polunin.

Dancer, currently in post-production, will offer an immersive and personal portrait of Polunin, the 25-year-old Ukrainian star, described by critics as “the James Dean of the ballet world” and “the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation”.

Directed by Emmy-nominated Steven Cantor (Devil’s Playground, 2002), with exclusively choreographed clips from Lachapelle and Emmy-award winning director Ross MacGibbon, the film is produced by Philomena and The Duchess producer Tana.

Executive producers are Christine Langan for BBC Films, Carolyn Marks Blackwood from Magnolia Mae Films (Philomena), and Henry Normal and Steve Coogan from Baby Cow (Philomena).

WestEnd Films will be touting the documentary to buyers at the Cannes Marche next month.

The prodigiously »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

19 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger,  and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »

- Tom Stockman

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BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

26 March 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

22 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »

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Film Review: ‘Suite francaise’

10 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The title is the most authentically French thing about “Suite francaise,” a fusty but enjoyably old-fashioned WWII soap that, notwithstanding its Gallic locale, is otherwise characterized by a distinctly British brand of plumminess. Based on the bestselling unfinished novel by Irene Nemirovsky, this lightly perfumed tale of the tentative romance between a married Frenchwoman and an urbane Nazi soldier during the 1940 German occupation covers no new ground historically or stylistically, and is hampered by gauche narration that undermines the expressive delicacy of Michelle Williams’s headlining performance. Still, attractive mounting and casting — with the inspired choice of Matthias Schoenaerts as Williams’s co-lead paying off handsomely — could see this Weinstein Co. property make moderately “Suite” music in limited release.

In Blighty, where Entertainment One releases the pic on March 13, “Suite francaise” is likely to entice the older audience that failed to turn out for the comparable but superior wartime weepie »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Suite Francaise’: Film Review

10 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michelle Williams stars as a bourgeois Frenchwoman who falls in love with a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) during the Occupation in the long-awaited but soapy and numbingly flat Suite Francaise. Based on the second part of Holocaust victim Irene Nemirovsky's unfinished novel, which became an acclaimed worldwide bestseller in 2004, this filleting by writer-director Saul Dibb (The Duchess, TV series The Line of Beauty), co-written by Matt Charman and completed in 2014, has sturdy production values, a tony cast and middlebrow tastefulness up the wazoo, but barely any soul, bite or genuine passion. Fans of the book will

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- Leslie Felperin

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Watch: International Trailer, TV Spot And New Pics For 'Suite Française' With Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaerts

24 February 2015 9:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sometimes ideas that are good on paper just don't work out in execution. Case in point: "Suite Française." A World War II drama/romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts sounds awesome, but the movie from director Saul Dibb ("The Duchess") quietly premiered for industry types at the American Film Market and is now being released internationally while it still awaits a stateside date from The Weinstein Company. Call it what you like, but it looks like the studio is feeling less hopeful about the film's prospects. A new dubbed, French trailer (via Michelle Williams Online) has arrived for the film, offering a glimpse at some new scenes along with UK TV spot. Co-starring Kristin Scott ThomasSam RileyRuth WilsonMargot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Alexandra Maria LaraTom Schilling, Eileen AtkinsLambert Wilson, and featuring a score by Alexandre »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New TV Spot for 'Suite Fran?aise' Starring Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas

23 February 2015 3:51 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Weinstein Company's World War II film The Imitation Game managed to pick up an Oscar for adapted screenplay at last night's ceremony. This year, they have Woman in Gold coming out in May, which has WW2 elements, and Suite Fran?aise coming out at some point later this year. My guess is they are going to vying for a late release, hoping to be apart of next year's award season. For those in the UK, the film opens on March 13th. I am not terribly excited to see yet another World War II-set film, but when a cast includes Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts, Margot Robbie, and Ruth Wilson, it is hard not to get my expectations high. The film is directed by Saul Dibb, whose last film was The Duchess. I know a lot of people thought it was just a rote costume drama, but I enjoyed it quite a lot, »

- Mike Shutt

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Willie Nelson and Bono Team for Miraculous Movie

18 February 2015 1:40 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Willie Nelson's "Luck, Texas" — the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch — is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the country icon in one of its lead roles, will be filmed in the same Lone Star spot built for 1986's Red Headed Stranger, with production set to begin in March.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, »

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First Still Of Ian McKellen In Mr. Holmes

15 January 2015 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We've seen a single image of Ian McKellen in his Sherlock Holmes garb for Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes. Now here's the first still from the actual shoot, showing the once-great detective turned beekeeping Sussex retiree in conversation with his housekeeper's son Roger, played by Milo Parker. Once again, there's not a deerstalker in sight. It's not that sort of Holmes film...Mr. Holmes is based on Mitch Cullin's 2006 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind and has been adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess). The book takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to Sussex and his bees and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. He believes his bees' royal jelly is part of the secret of his longevity, and his further researches into the subject have recently taken him to post-war Japan. There he encounters the son of a former British diplomat who knew Holmes »

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