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Meryl Streep's Suffragette for October international release

27 March 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Political activist drama Suffragette has been given its international release date.

The movie, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will hit screens worldwide this autumn.

Deadline reports that the Focus Features project will enjoy a limited release on October 23, following its September 11 UK opening.

Streep stars the legendary figurehead of the women's suffrage movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, with Mulligan taking the lead role of fellow campaigner Maud.

Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson and Helena Bonham Carter also feature in the film, which is directed by Sarah Gavron and penned by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady).

Based on true events, Suffragette was filmed on location in London last year.

The cast recently posed together with Gavron, Morgan and producers Faye Ward and Alison Owen to mark International Women's Day. »

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Focus Features' 'Suffragette' Gets 2015 Awards Season Release Date

27 March 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features, which was reprieved from a weak 2014 slate by Working Title's Oscar-winning "The Theory of Everything," has made a bid to compete in the fall 2015 awards fray by acquiring North American distribution rights from Pathé to British period drama "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"). The film will open in select cities on October 23, 2015 with expansions to follow. Focus is also releasing Working Title's true romance "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Written by Emmy-winner Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "Shame," "The Iron Lady"), "Suffragette" stars Oscar-race vets Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter as well as Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan also toplines Fox »

- Anne Thompson

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Writers, directors gain share of BFI ‘Locked Box’ recoupment

27 March 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

‘Locked Box’ scheme has previously been tapped into by UK producers.

UK writers, directors and producers are now to share an equal third of the BFI’s ‘Locked Box’ recoupment.

Directors UK, Pact and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have struck a deal to ensure that directors and writers of feature films supported with Lottery funding through the BFI Film Fund will share with producers in the BFI’s ‘Locked Box’, a pool of recouped income up to 37%, which is held by the BFI and then can be used for developing and producing future films.

The recouped income that is held in the Locked Box will be split with directors, writers and producers each guaranteed a minimum share of 12.5%. 

While producers have been tapping into the pool since 2012, the UK writers and directors trade bodies had yet to strike a deal with Pact.

To date fifteen productions have drawn down money from the ‘Locked Box’, including »

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

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This Week in Blu-ray: Us Edition – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Unbroken, Into the Woods and more

23 March 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the Us…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.

You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.

Order The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies On Blu-ray Here

 

Unbroken

While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million »

- Scott J. Davis

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New Projects: Benghazi, Jesse Owens, and ‘Hail, Caesar!’

19 March 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi so consumed the media and Washington that it’s bound to make good fiction. There’s potential for an on-the-ground action thriller, Zero Dark Thirty style, there’s potential for a thorny, political drama surrounding the ensuing scandal, and one can even look at the conspiracy theorist angle. And with that, Hollywood is racing to produce not one, not two, but three competing movies all about Benghazi.

Deadline reported Tuesday about one currently with a script in hand, Zero Footprint. Written by the team behind Immortals, Zero Footprint views the deaths of the consulate members and CIA operatives killed through the eyes of an ex-Special Forces operator.

“This about why it happened and the siege of the embassy is the last part of the third act. This is about everything that led up to that attack,” said Alcon Entertainment’s co-ceo Andrew Kosove via Deadline. »

- Brian Welk

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'The Huntsman' Adds Rob Brydon & Two Female Dwarves This Time

18 March 2015 8:02 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The cast of The Huntsman, the prequel to the 2012 fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, already has a solid cast. Chris Hemsworth is reprising his title role, with Charlize Theron back as Ravenna and newcomers Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain coming aboard. And while all the dwarves from the first film aren't back, Nick Frost is at least back as Nion. Now some more dwarves are entering the mix as THR reports The Trip star Rob Brydon, Quartet actress Sheridan Smith and The Iron Lady supporting star Alexandra Roach have all taken roles as the gruff ensemble of dwarves this time. Yeah, there's some female dwarves! As of now, there aren't a lot of specifics on the story, but the prequel takes place before Snow White ever crosses paths with Ravenna and will follow the huntsman Eric as he is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Huntsman Spinoff Bags A Trio Of Dwarves

18 March 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Universal’s The Huntsman, a spinoff of 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, has secured a brand new roster of dwarves to accompany returning dwarf Nick Frost. Much like Disney’s Beauty And The Beast remake is crowded with Brits, it seems that Universal are chasing down a similar idea as Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have all signed on to appear.

Their involvement on The Huntsman makes for interesting news in light of previous reports suggesting there would be a distinct lack of dwarves in the movie. Nevertheless, the trio are enlisted and ought to be in for a cracking time. Two of the newest cast, Brydon and Smith, will be reunited after they both starred in the BBC comedy series Gavin & Stacey. Brydon can be also seen in Disney’s live-action Cinderella which opened last weekend. Roach’s biggest role to date was in Margaret Thatcher »

- Gem Seddon

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Meryl Streep's 'Suffragette' Goes to Focus Features

17 March 2015 4:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights from Path&#233 to the drama Suffragette, directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, for a Fall 2015 domestic release. The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.

Ruby Films' Alison Owen, an Academy Award nominee as producer of Elizabeth, and Faye Ward are the producers of Suffragette, which is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a screenplay by Abi Morgan »

- MovieWeb

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Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan will fight on in 'Suffragette' this awards season

17 March 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Focus Features officially has two films in the 2015-2016 awards season game.  The mini-major recently announced they would distribute Tom Hopper's adaptation of "The Danish Girl" with this year's Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. That contender will hit theaters on Nov. 27.  Their next player?  "Suffragette," another period drama that just happens to star Ms. Meryl Streep. Directed by BAFTA winner Sarah Gavron, "Suffragette" features a noteworthy ensemble including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw (also in "Danish Girl"), Brendan Gleeson and the aforementioned Streep.  The film’s original screenplay is by Abi Morgan who previously scripted "Shame," "The Iron Lady" and the Emmy-winning "The Hour." With Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat also on board this is one project that is bursting with pedigree players. According to a release from the studio "Suffragette" is a "moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Focus Features Snags Us Distribution For Real-Life Drama Suffragette

17 March 2015 2:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A drama based on a pivotal moment in human history with a star-studded cast that includes the presence of Meryl Streep? That description sounds like a forthcoming award-winner, and in light of this latest batch of industry news, it very well might be.

Upcoming real-life drama Suffragette has now landed a North American distribution deal with Focus Features. Directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a screenplay by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Alison Owen (Elizabeth) and Faye Ward, Suffragette is described as a moving drama set during the early 20th century. In an era when women were denied the right to vote, many chose to fight for their right to democracy by forming a brigade of activists.

Considering the suffragette movement is such an unequivocally important landmark in history, it’s surprising that it’s taken such a long time for a related film to hit our screens. »

- Gem Seddon

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Focus Features Acquires 'Suffragette' with Carey Mulligan & Meryl Streep

17 March 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: First Look: Carey Mulligan In 'Suffragette' Plus Official Synopsis Focus Features has just acquired North American rights (as well as international locales like Latin America, India, South Korea and most of Eastern Europe) to "Suffragette." Directed by Sarah Gavron, and with a screenplay by Abi Morgan (who also wrote "The Iron Lady"), the hotly-anticipated film follows Maud (Carey Mulligan) as she finds her way into the women's suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. Maud quickly becomes a foot soldier within a group of women (led, of course, by Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst) who put it all on the line for the right to vote — from their livelihoods and personal relationships to their physical safety and lives. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, and Brendan Gleeson. Focus plans a domestic release for "Suffragette" in the fall, »

- Rosie Narasaki

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Focus Features To Release Suffragette Fall 2015 – Stars Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter

17 March 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

©2015 Pathe Productions Limited. All Rights Reserved

Back Row, Left to Right:

Sarah Gavron (Director), Helen Pankhurst (Great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), Laura Pankhurst (Great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), Alison Owen (Producer).

Front Row, Left to Right:

Abi Morgan (Screenwriter), Anne-Marie Duff (Actor), Meryl Streep (Actor), Carey Mulligan (Actor), Helena Bonham Carter (Actor), Faye Ward (Producer).

Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights from Pathé to the drama Suffragette, directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, for a Fall 2015 domestic release.

The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.

Suffragette is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney Celebrates Into The Woods With an All-Star Broadway Performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Music

17 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Academy Award®-Winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The Iron Lady), leads an all-star cast in this enchanted adventure about daring to venture Into The Woods. In celebration of the March 24th in-home debut of Into The Woods, an all-star line-up of Broadway performers (presented by Jacob Langfelder) are uniting to honor legendary composer, Stephen Sondheim. The evening cabaret will celebrate the journey of Woods and Sondheim from stage to screen. Performances will include music from Into the Woods as well as other Sondheim classics sung by feature film talent, Broadway talent and other notable performers. Who: Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy, Lilla »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Disney’s Into The Woods Hits March 24th Packed With Extras

25 February 2015 5:53 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Into the Woods is hitting on Blu-Ray March 24th, and this one has a lot of great bonuses. Of course, it’s to be expected from Disney, but beyond that, this is one that doesn’t even need a lot of bonuses. Check our Into the Woods review here for the full report on the film itself.

Among the bonuses are a commentary track, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a look at the cast.

Not only was this a really great movie (and I’m no huge musical fan), but it’s one that, like most things Disney, is going to go into heavy rotation.

Check out all the details below.

 

Includes An Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Original Song “She’ll Be Back” Performance by Meryl Streep with Music By Stephen Sondheim and Lyrics by James Lapine

From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the »

- Marc Eastman

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Tech Support: 'Grand Budapest' and 'Whiplash' lead Oscar's craft categories

23 February 2015 1:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Well, we're done. Another Oscar ceremony ends, and with it, another awards season and another year of Tech Support here at In Contention. On the whole, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" came out the big winner, taking four of the 10 crafts categories. "Whiplash" came up with two more while "Birdman," "Interstellar," "Selma" and "American Sniper" got in on the love-sharing with one apiece. Crafts category shut-outs for "Mr. Turner," "Unbroken" and "The Imitation Game," despite their impressive nomination counts, were unsurprising. It was also a year of repeat victors. Winners in Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing and Visual Effects had all won previously. There was one big first-timer, though, in Alexandre Desplat – more on him in a moment. Others are still waiting for their first wins, alas. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, songwriter Diane Warren and sound mixer Frank Montaño immediately jump to mind. Emmanuel Lubezki's triumph in »

- Gerard Kennedy

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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Are Meryl Streep’s Oscar nominations bad for other actresses in the industry?

21 February 2015 9:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas Roach on whether Meryl Streep’s Oscar nominations are bad for other actresses in the industry…

Tomorrow is the Academy Awards, which is seen as the most prestigious and important award show for the industry. The Oscars also cause some outrage, as many deem it too political. To win an Oscar you really just schmooze at Hollywood parties and get members to vote for you, it seems. The award show has on occasion given the most deserving person the Oscar, but there are many other times when it has not.

One nomination that surprised me this year is Meryl Streep for her role in Into The Woods. Streep currently has three Oscar wins for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady, with a further sixteen nominations on top of this. I wonder if her many nominations have been damaging to other actresses in the industry. Streep »

- Thomas Roach

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Oscars Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Academy Awards

20 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!

We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.

1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.

2. At 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Academy Award. He received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in "Beginners" (2010) opposite Ewan McGregor.

3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »

- Jonny Black

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20 Oscar-Winning Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now

20 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Love all things Oscar? Netflix currently has more than a dozen Oscar-winning films to stream, including 12 Best Picture winners ranging from "Marty" to "The Silence of the Lambs." Many racked up multiple awards on Oscar night, a tribute to their excellence or some really great Oscar campaigning. We're looking at you, Harvey Weinstein, who helped push "Shakespeare in Love" and "The English Patient" to Academy glory.

You can also stream Oscar-winning performances from Meryl Streep ("Sophie's Choice" and "The Iron Lady"), Robin Williams ("Good Will Hunting"), Cher ("Moonstruck") and Frances McDormand ("Fargo"). »

- Sharon Knolle

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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

18 February 2015 2:26 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch -  as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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