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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

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Sheen Boosted Popularity With Family Lie

24 November 2009 12:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Sheen was so desperate to be liked at school, he pretended he was related to a famous motorcycle racer to improve his popularity.

The Frost/Nixon star told school pals that British world champion Barry Sheene was his uncle, and would even fake his autograph for fellow students.

But he was almost caught out when a paper delivery boy asked his dad if the story was true.

He says, "The most famous Sheen when I was growing up was Barry Sheene, the motorbike racer and a handsome devil he was... A lot of people would say, 'Are you related to Barry Sheene?' And I just couldn't resist and I said, 'Yes I am. I am, he is my uncle'. So it's a little white lie really which kind of spiralled, until eventually people were asking me for his autograph. I used to fake his autograph, bring it in to school.

"I wanted to be liked and so eventually it got to the point when people would say, 'Can you bring some memorabilia back?' and all that and it got way out of control. So one day I was in my living room, there was knock on the door, and my dad opened the door and it was the paper boy coming to collect his money for the round that week and it was a boy from school. I heard him say, 'Is it true that your brother is Barry Sheene?' And I just thought... 'This is it, my life is going to come to an end. Not only will I be in trouble with my father for lying but also my secret will be out in school and that would be terrible'. And my dad went, 'Yes that's right.'" »

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Howard To Receive Top Filmmaking Honour

15 July 2009 1:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran director Ron Howard will be honoured for his long-running filmmaking career at this year's Austin Film Festival.

Howard will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award annual event in October.

In a career spanning 50 years, the star has become one of the most successful moviemakers of all time, creating mega-hits such as Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon and seeing his work pull in nine Oscars.

Howard will be on hand throughout the festival to host a series of panels for other filmmakers.

Previous recipients of the award include Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack and Danny Boyle. »

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Working Title to reduce workforce

13 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Universal-owned and U.K.-based production banner Working Title is in consultation on redundancy with six staffers here from its 45-strong workforce.

The successful British production banner, run by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, is cutting its cloth amid the current economic climate, insiders said.

The company offered no official statement on the job cuts but sources close to the company played down any talk of restructuring the company.

Owned by NBC Universal, Working Title's recent big screen outings include Richard Curtis's "The Boat That Rocked" and "Frost/Nixon." The company also has "The Soloist," "The Green Zone" and "A Serious Man'" arriving in theaters in the coming months.

Working Title, founded in 1984, has made more than 90 films that have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide.

Working Title recently said award-winning Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has signed on as director on its upcoming flick "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, »

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Moore Pulls Out Of Clinton Role

9 July 2009 5:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Special Relationship has seen its second dropout - Julianne Moore has been forced to quit her role as former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton due to scheduling conflicts.

Moore was set to star alongside Dennis Quaid, who will portray ex U.S. President Bill Clinton in the new movie, about the professional relationship between the charismatic leader and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

However, Moore has had to step down from the role due to other work commitments, just weeks after original director Peter Morgan also pulled out of the project.

Actress Hope Davis will now step into Moore's shoes, while British filmmaker Richard Loncraine has signed up to take over from Morgan.

Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen will once again reprise the role of Blair, after he received high acclaim for his portrayal of the former British leader in Oscar-winning movie The Queen. »

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Sheen Calls For Drama Funding For U.K. Youth

20 May 2009 5:15 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Sheen is encouraging the U.K. government to help fund schemes for children who dream of acting - because he owes his movie career to a drama school in his native Wales.

The Frost/Nixon star began acting as a teen with The West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, but is heartbroken that the institution can now barely afford to run the drama programme.

And the star insists there is no lack of young talent in Britain - but more money is needed to help budding actors flourish.

He says, "It is not being funded as it once was and there's no drama at my old school any more.

"I am very saddened that the way I came up and the reason I got into acting has now gone. If I were the age now that I was when I first got into theatre I simply would not be an actor because the route I took does not exist any more. There is one reason for that: funding." »

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Sheen Signs Up For New Moon

12 April 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen is to star as a bloodsucking vampire in the highly anticipated Twilight sequel.

Sheen has agreed to take on a prominent role alongside fellow Brit Robert Pattinson in New Moon, director Chris Weitz has revealed.

He will play the character Aro - the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.

Weitz says, "Michael’s role is so important because he’s the head of all vampires. Aro is, on the surface, a very gracious and friendly vampire, but beneath that he is a tremendous threat."

Sheen will reportedly receive $7.3 million (£5 million) for taking on the role.

Filming on New Moon is scheduled to begin in Italy this spring. »

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Frost Portrayal Sent Sheen To The Dentist

24 March 2009 3:05 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Playing TV personality David Frost on stage and screen in Frost/Nixon sent actor Michael Sheen to the dentist.

Trying to perfect Frost's famous underbite cost the Welsh star jaw problems that he had to get fixed when filming on the Oscar-nominated movie wrapped.

He explains, "For two years, I had to spend most of the time with my jaw sticking out, and I started to have a problem. I had to have dental work.

"You know the thing that attaches your gum to your lip... I f**ked it up from doing that. I had to have work done on my jaw." »

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Langella Plans Memoirs

17 March 2009 12:10 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frost/Nixon Oscar-nominee Frank Langella is forging ahead with plans for an autobiography - 18 months after scrapping it for fear of embarrassing his kids.

Speaking back in November 2007, the 71-year-old insisted he would wait until he was 80 before putting pen to paper, claiming the explosive details of his eventful life would be too much for his two children.

He said, "My biography has been cooking for years. It won't come out until I'm 80 because there's too much in it that would be very revealing and racy. I feel if you're gonna write an autobiography you have to write the truth and I want to be a very old person. I want my kids to be very settled and mature when they read what a dog their dad was."

But in a new interview with film journalist Liz Smith, Langella reveals he "will be writing his memoirs" soon. »

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Will Oscars translate to boxoffice riches?

28 February 2009 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- As the Oscars fade into memory, the question of glory inevitably turns to one of commerce, in this case, what, if any, global boxoffice bump "Slumdog Millionaire" and its fellow best picture nominees can expect.

"Slumdog," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Milk," "Frost/Nixon" and "The Reader" are in various stages of distribution across the globe, and their distributors are eyeing an uptick in interest and boxoffice business for the quintet.

For some, the bonanza is just beginning -- Danny Boyle's best picture winner has yet to debut in Germany, for instance -- while for others it's a matter of milking the last few drops from a long theatrical run.

In the U.K. and France, "Slumdog" has been in release since the middle of January and is continuing to build on its already established success. Distributed by Pathe, "Slumdog" has grossed just shy of 23 million pounds ($33 million) in Britain. »

- By Stuart Kemp and Scott Roxborough

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"Slumdog Millionaire" sweeps the Oscars. Penn, Ledger, Winslet and Cruz shine.

23 February 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Slumdog Millionaire" has almost completely swept the Oscars® with awards including Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture and both original song and score music categories. Other notable wins included:   - Sean Penn who took home the Best Actor award, his second after 2004's "Mystic River."- Heath Ledger for his astounding performance in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight"- Kate Winslet - Once again for her work in "The Reader" after a two Golden Globe's earned for "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader"- Penelope Cruz - In Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" comedy   As announced, here are the winners (noted in bold) of the 2009 Academy Awards which were announced on Sunday, February 22nd. Performance by an actor in a leading role Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films) Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features) Brad Pitt in »

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Slumdog Takings Rocket In Wake Of Oscars

23 February 2009 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Oscars success of Slumdog Millionaire has already affected its performance at the box office - takings have more than doubled since it was nominated for ten Academy Awards last month.

The hit movie, which scooped eight honours including Best Picture and Best Director for Danny Boyle at the ceremony on Sunday, netted an extra $54 million (£37 million) in the four week run-up to the event.

Access Hollywood reports the huge surge in takings was more than the other four Best Picture nominees combined, according to monitoring company Media By Numbers.

Other Oscars nominees also cashed in on the kudos of a potential award - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button scooped a further $20.6 million (£14 million), The Reader took an extra $15.3 million (£10 million), Frost/Nixon nearly doubled its post-nomination gross by $8.6 million (£5.8 million), and Milk netted a further $7.6 million (£5.2 million). »

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En route to Oscars, 'Slumdog Millionaire' sweeps BAFTA awards

8 February 2009 10:02 PM, PST | Bollywoodworld.com | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

London, British filmmaker Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", Mumbai-based rags-to-riches movie, has won top honours at Britain's most prestigious film awards with a sweeping seven wins, including best film. It beat four other contenders Sunday - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Frost/Nixon", "Milk" and "The Reader" - to win best film at the awards ceremony in London's Royal Opera House. "Slumdog Millionaire" also won the best director award for Danny Boyle, racing ahead of Clint Eastwood for "Changeling", David Fincher for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", Ron Howard for "Frost/Nixon" and Stephen Daldry for "The Reader". The film also won awards for adapted screenplay, music (Indian composer A.R. Rahman), editing, cinematography and sound, as it continued its »

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Slumdog Millionaire, Milk Have Write Stuff at WGA Awards

7 February 2009 10:57 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If this award season were a quiz show, Slumdog Millionaire would be the final answer. The much-honored indie love story took yet another honor—Best Adapted Screenplay—at tonight's 2009 Writers Guild Awards. Milk scored the Original Screenplay prize. 30 Rock, Mad Men, In Treatment, Breaking Bad, Recount, John Adams, The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live were among the TV winners. Tina Fey's 30 Rock was honored for both best writing on a comedy series and best writing of a single comedy episode ("Succession"). Slumdog's Simon Beaufoy defeated the writers of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, all of whom he'll face at the Oscars, and The Dark Knight, »

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BAFTA Awards promise preview of how the Oscars may play out

7 February 2009 8:51 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Oscars' five best picture nominees line up exactly with the contenders for the top prize at Sunday's BAFTAs. "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" lead the pack at the BAFTA Awards with 11 nominations each while "Frost/Nixon" and "Milk" have six and three bids,  respectively. Surprise nominee "The Reader" — which many believe bumped "The Dark Knight" from the top race on both sides of the Atlantic — got five nods in total. (And, as is the case with the Oscars, "The Dark Knight" has eight nominations here.)

Since the BAFTAs were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting for the Oscars, these laurels have foreseen only two best picture  winners — "Gladiator" (2000) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). However, the BAFTAs do far better at predicting the acting Oscar winners. Both last year and in 2006, all four BAFTA »

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Boyle Lands Best Director Prize At DGA Awards

1 February 2009 6:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Danny Boyle has scooped the top accolade at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his hit film Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle beat out competition from Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The Best Director nod is a key indicator of possible Oscar success for Boyle later this month, who is up for the same nod, while the movie will compete in nine other categories.

Accepting his award onstage from directors Joel and Ethan Coen, who took home the prize last year, Boyle thanked the movie's distributors for taking on the hit film - which was originally meant for a DVD-only release.

He told the crowd, "I should start by curiously thanking Warner Bros for actually having the grace to do the right thing, when I think it would have been a lot easier to do the wrong thing, and pass the film on to Fox Searchlight, who are an extraordinary bunch of people.

"To step into the shoes of people like the Coen brothers, it's phenomenal. I have stolen from them all my career, in a naked and appalling way."

Veteran film critic Roger Ebert walked away with the honorary life membership award and received tributes from Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone.

The main winners are as follows:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries: Jay Roach, Recount

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night: Dan Attias, The Wire

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Paul Feig, The Office

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety: Bucky Gunts, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Reality Programme: Tony Croll, America's Next Top Model

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir

Honorary Life Member Award: Roger Ebert »

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'Slumdog,' Streep & Penn Top Dogs at SAG Awards

25 January 2009 8:07 PM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

From Meryl Streep and Sean Penn's surprise wins to another "30 Rock" sweep, the kudos were evenly distributed at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night. The only awards show of the year in which actors in film and television honor their own, the Guild's unexpected winners provided some spice to this year's awards season odds. Click here for the Complete List of Winners! 'Slumdog Millionaire' continued to prove that it is the little movie that could this season, winning the award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast over 'Frost/Nixon,' 'Milk,' 'Doubt' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.' But both 'Milk' and 'Doubt' had their day, with unexpected Best Actor and Best Actress wins respectively for screen vets Penn and Streep. Penn bested Richard Jenkins, Frank Langella, Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke for his first SAG win ever after »

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Slumdog Wins Producing Honour

25 January 2009 6:18 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Slumdog Millionaire picked up momentum in its race towards Oscar glory by winning the top prize at the Producers Guild of America Awards.

The hit film's producer Christian Colson was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year gong at the prizegiving at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday.

Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed movie, set in the slums of Mumbai, India, beat out competition from The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Frost/Nixon, and Milk.

Meanwhile, in TV, Tina Fey was named as one of the winners of the television-comedy prize for her producing role on hit show 30 Rock.

Mad Men's Matthew Weiner and Scott Hornbacher walked away with the prize for television-drama, while Simon Chinn-produced Man on Wire took home the documentary theatrical motion picture gong. »

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Pitt Delighted To Be Up Against Penn And Rourke

23 January 2009 4:08 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brad Pitt is thrilled with his Oscar nomination for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, because he will compete against his idols Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke.

The Hollywood superstar has been given a nod in the Best Actor category at this year's Academy Awards for his portrayal of a man who ages backwards.

The 45-year-old will compete against Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) for the coveted gong.

And Pitt couldn't be more delighted with his competitors - because Penn and Rourke were the "gods" he looked up to when he started making movies.

He tells British morning show GMTV, "When I started out, my gods, so to speak, were Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke, so it's a real honour for me to be sitting at the same table." »

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Benjamin Button Leads Oscar Nominations

22 January 2009 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brad Pitt's The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is the film to beat at the 2009 Academy Awards after scooping an astounding 13 Oscar nominations.

The Hollywood superstar is nominated in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of a man who ages backwards.

The film also received nods for Best Picture, Best Director for David Fincher, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Taraji P. Henson.

It is an impressive haul of nominations for the movie - only 1997 blockbuster Titanic and Bette Davis' 1950 classic All About Eve have achieved more, with 14 nods each.

Other actors competing with Pitt for the Best Actor prize include Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

Kate Winslet picked up her sixth Oscar nomination, recognised in the Best Actress category for The Reader, and will battle against Pitt's partner Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Meryl Streep (Doubt), and Melissa Leo (Frozen River) for the award.

Late star Heath Ledger won a nomination for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight exactly a year after his tragic death.

He will compete in the Best Supporting Actor category against Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader, Frost/Nixon and Milk will all vie for the coveted Best Motion Picture gong at the forthcoming ceremony on 22 February.

And each of the film's directors - David Fincher, Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry, Ron Howard and Gus Van Sant respectively - are up for the Achievement in Directing prize.

The award nominations were announced at a press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday morning by Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, who took home the Best Actor Oscar in 2007 for his role in The Last King Of Scotland.

The full list of nominations is as follows: »

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