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Screen to present UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

3 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Musical Headed To Japan; Steve McQueen Set For European Film Academy Honor; More

29 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company are bringing Aladdin to Tokyo. This is the first international production of the Broadway musical comedy and is hitting a market where Disney’s feature animation Frozen recently grossed a record-breaking $250M. Performances will begin in May at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20 and features music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Oscar winner Howard Ashman and Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, and Tony nominee Chad Beguelin. Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for Frozen. The Tokyo production will be cast locally and performed in Japanese. This marks the fifth collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company following the successful and current runs of Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Steve McQueen to Receive European Film Academy Award

29 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The awards keep rolling in for director Steve McQueen! According to The Hollywood Reporter, McQueen will receive an award from the European Film Academy for European Achievement in World Cinema. The accolade isn’t just for his directorial skill shown in the Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave;” the award also celebrates McQueen’s entire career, starting with his work as a video artist, which lead to his 2008 film “Hunger,” which made both him and his leading man, Michael Fassbender, huge stars. Fassbender–arguably McQueen’s muse–starred in McQueen’s other films “Shame” and, of course, “12 Years a Slave.” The new award shows just how much of a force McQueen is in Hollywood  [ Read More ]

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12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen to receive European Film Award

29 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve McQueen is to be honoured by the European Film Academy.

The 12 Years a Slave director will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema, reports Variety.

The honour will be given at an award ceremony in Latvia on December 13.

McQueen is best known for his feature films Hunger, Shame and most recently 12 Years a Slave, which won three Oscars in 2014.

The director was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in this year's Directors Guild of America Awards, but lost out to Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron.

Earlier this year, the BBC announced that it was teaming up with the director for an unnamed TV drama. »

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Steve McQueen to receive Efa honour

29 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 12 Years a Slave director will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

British director and artist Steve McQueen is to be awarded an honorary prize by the European Film Academy “in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film’.

The director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Shame and Hunger will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

McQueen will be the guest of honour at the 27th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec 13 in Riga, Latvia. »

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'12 Years a Slave' Director Steve McQueen to Get European Film Academy Honor

29 September 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The European Film Academy will honor Steve McQueen with its award for European Achievement in World Cinema. The U.K. director will be celebrated for a career that began making shorts as a video artist before a hugely successful move into feature films, starting with 2008's Hunger, dramatizing the final months of hunger strike by Ira activist Bobby Sands and proving a breakout film for Michael Fassbender, and moving onto Shame, which won numerous international awards. McQueen's third film 12 Years a Slave picked up three Oscars at the last Academy Awards, including Best Film, and has to date earned

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’12 Years a Slave’ Director Steve McQueen to Receive European Film Award

29 September 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The European Film Academy is to honor “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen with its award for European achievement in world cinema at its awards ceremony on Dec. 13 in Riga, Latvia.

McQueen started out as a video artist making short films, almost exclusively silent and black-and-white. These included the “Bear” (1993), which depicts a brief and unusual encounter between two naked men; the 1997 “Deadpan,” in which a man stands in the middle of a building as it repeatedly collapses around him; and “Drumroll” (1998), for which McQueen fixed cameras to a barrel and rolled the barrel through the streets of Manhattan.

In 2008, McQueen nabbed international recognition with “Hunger,” his debut feature. Starring Michael Fassbender, it dramatizes the last months in the life of Ira activist Bobby Sands in Belfast’s Maze Prison. The film won the Golden Camera and Fipresci Award in Cannes and more than 40 awards worldwide, among them a »

- Leo Barraclough

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

17 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The Essential Movies & TV to Stream This Week – September 15th 2014

15 September 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?

Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.

So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »

- Chris Holt

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2 September 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: August 29, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: A songwriter (Gleeson) meets a bandleader who always wears a giant head (Fassbender).

Who’S It For? Those who cherish unabashed creativity.


Frank begins inside the head of scruffy yokel Jon (Domnhall Gleeson), a musician living with his parents who just wants to compose the hit song that will bestow him on his big break. By freak timing, the struggling pop-inclined keyboardist is randomly brought on board an enigmatic band called The Soronprfbs. Within this noise rock band (start by thinking of freakier Flaming Lips tracks) is acidic synth player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), bassist and drummer Baraque and Nana (François Civil and Carla Azar), and their manager Don (Scoot McNairy). Their lead singer is also their chief songwriter, a man named Frank (Michael Fassbender »

- Nick Allen

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 11-15, 2014)

15 August 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Expendables 3


In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would »

- Variety Staff

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Spotlight on the Stars: Michael Fassbender

14 August 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column! Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on »

- Joey Magidson

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X Plus Y

8 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Asa Butterfield stars as Nathan, a teenage maths prodigy who struggles with people, not least his mother, Julie (played by Sally Hawkins), but finds comfort in numbers.

Mentored by unconventional and anarchic teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall), Nathan’s talents win him a place representing Gb at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

When the team go to train in Taiwan, headed up by squad leader Richard (Eddie Marsan), Nathan is faced with unexpected challenges - not least his new and unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart...

Newcomer Jo Yang who went to school in West London before returning to study in Beiijing plays the beautiful Zhang Mei.

Edward Baker-Close, who appeared in Channel 4 drama Southcliffe plays the younger Nathan.

The rest of the young cast includes Wizards and Aliens star Percelle Ascott, Screenterrier rising star Alexa Davies, Alex Lawther who played Young Turing in the Imitation Game, Jake Davies, who »

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Guiding Lights unveils 2014 participants

2 July 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.

Digital culture agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have announced the 15 participants taking part in their 2014 Guiding Lights programme.

In its sixth year, Guiding Lights offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from professionals in the film industry, as well as access to industry training and networking events. The candidates were selected from more than 250 applications.

“The Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception,” said Lighthouse senior producer Emily Kyriakides.

“We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and feel that they have a lot to offer each other as well. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

This year, Lighthouse and Creative »

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Check Out The First Image From Michael Fassbender’s Slow West

29 June 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fresh off the overwhelming success of X-Men: Days of Future Past and 12 Years a Slave, the first image of Michael Fassbender’s in his latest project, Slow West, has surfaced. The film – which also features The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee – was actually shot towards the back end of last year and sees Fassbender team up with director John Maclean, with whom he has previously collaborated on two short films.

For those unfamiliar with Slow West, here’s the official plot synopsis:

Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centers on 17 year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has traveled from Scotland to Colorado to be reunited with the woman with whom he is infatuated. He is quickly confronted by the dangers of the frontier and so teams up with a mysterious traveler named Silas »

- Dale Barham

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Welcome to the Academy. 10 Interesting Invitations

26 June 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Academy welcomes its new members at an invite only event in September, just as we begin to feel the rumblings of Oscar buzz everywhere.

While not every person nominated for the first time for an Oscar in any given year is invited to join the next year (isn't that weird?) it's common practice that they are. So new names like Lupita Nyong'o, Barkhad Abdi, and more established actors like Sally Hawkins and June Squibb will all be voting for the first time this coming season after walking the red carpets as nominees. That's expected. What's far more interesting is the people invited in any given year that have not been nominated.

Here are ten names I want to highlight because they're interesting invitations for one reason or another.

Sean Bobbitt - Cinematographer (12 Years a Slave) - egregiously snubbed last year which might have done it but that's not his only beautifully shot film. »


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Your summer blockbuster survival guide: 10 must-see art-house movies with no aliens, robots, or superheroes

24 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

It’s Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — and the holiday’s top movies at the box-office will likely be X-Men, Godzilla, and Adam Sandler’s Blended, with Spider-Man 2 still swinging through multiplexes. Ever since Jaws sunk its teeth into the sweltering months of 1975, summer has been blockbuster season, and studios now jockey years in advance to lock up the best dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day for their big-budget blockbusters. A few of them turn out to be quite good, but just about all of them tend to be very, very loud.

Perhaps your eyes »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Review: Answering the Questions It Leaves Unanswered

23 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

As a sequel to both "X-Men: The Last Stand" and the 2011 reboot "First Class," director Bryan Singer's film brings the two casts together for "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Starting in a dystopian future, what's left of the team (plus a few newcomers) is being hunted down by unstoppable mutant-killing robots called Sentinels.

As far as they can tell, the nightmare was all set into motion back in 1973, thanks to Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique (no spoilers here, but she did something even worse than putting metal in the science oven). That means the ageless Logan (played by the equally ageless Hugh Jackman, as always), or at least his consciousness, must be transported back in time to warn a young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) before it's too late to stop her.

Granted, it's a lot to process, but by now, we've learned better than to »

- Rick Mele

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Cannes Film Festival 2014: From a street corner to the Cannes Croisette

17 May 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

An outdoor activity instructor spotted on the streets of Manchester has made her Cannes Film Festival debut after being cast in a £2m British movie about honour killings. Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, 24, stars in Catch Me Daddy, which has just premiered in the "Un Certain Regard" strand of the French festival, where films such as Steve McQueen's Hunger and the cult black comedy Sightseers were first seen. »

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Exit of Film4 Topper Creates Worry in British Biz

14 May 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Channel 4’s movie arm Film4 is one of the pillars of the British film industry, alongside BBC Films and the British Film Institute, so when its longtime chief Tessa Ross recently said she would be stepping down, it sent a frisson through the biz.

Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, says if either or both of the networks shuttered their film divisions it would leave a huge hole. Film4 and BBC Films invest £27 million ($45.4 million) between them in development and production. The BFI Film Fund’s budget is also $45.4 million, but as well as covering development and production, it also pays for distribution and sales support. Most of the projects on the BFI slate are backed by one or other of the broadcasters, such as Cannes titles “Jimmy’s Hall” from Ken Loach, “Mr. Turner” from Mike Leigh and “Pride” from Matthew Warchus.

“In our independent film sector, »

- Leo Barraclough

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