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Selling over one million units of the DVD and Blu-ray combined, and currently the highest selling DVD of 2015, Studiocanal is pleased to announce that the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington, is back! Just in time for Christmas, this family favourite is out now as a limited edition 3D sleeve.
Following its box office success, the politest bear from Peru continues to break UK records for Studiocanal following a £37,878,025 million theatrical box office haul. The bear has also enjoyed huge success overseas, with the global box office currently standing at $263 million – with Japan still to release the film in early 2016 – making Paddington the most successful non-Studio family film ever.
Based on the best-selling series by British author Michael Bond, from an original screenplay by filmmaker Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, Mighty Boosh). A Heyday Films and Studiocanal production, PADDINGTONis directed by the twice BAFTA-nominated King, produced by multiple award-winning David Heyman (Gravity, »
- Paul Heath
All six episodes of “River” are now streaming on Netflix.
Upon first glance, BBC One and Netflix’s River feels a bit like a Mad Libs version of a prestige drama. Part character study and part crime story (with a dash of the supernatural), the series makes use of tropes and character archetypes that are well-tread territory in the hour-long landscape. A Difficult Genius hell-bent on avenging the death of a loved one? Check. A sardonic, eager-to-please (and diverse to boot) sidekick? Check. Add in a wise, compassionate boss able to see past our genius’ eccentricities, and you’ve got all the makings of a successful police procedural – as well as most cable heavyweights.
Despite River’s willingness to exploit the wheel rather than reinvent it, the series does manage to distinguish itself as more than just a carbon copy of shows we’ve already seen.
For starters, River is »
- Samantha White
Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a limited edition 3D DVD sleeve of the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington.
Paddington brings together an all-star cast, with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Monuments Men) and Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham, Blue Jasmine) as Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist, Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, the Harry Potter series) as Mrs. Bird the housekeeper, Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, The Iron Lady) as Mr. Gruber the owner of the antiques shop, Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who) as the Browns’ neighbour, Mr. Curry and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
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What kind of bear is Paddington?
A) Peruvian Bear
B) Polar Bear
C) Grizzly Bear
Paddington is available now »
- Laura Holmes
Writer: Abi Morgan
Running Time: 349 min
You’d be forgiven for presuming Stellan Skarsgård had starred in his fair share of cop shows. With Scandinavian crime dramas all the rage in recent years and the Swedish star possessing an air of gravitas seemingly perfect for a Detective role, it’s an unquestionably fair assumption. Yet despite a career spanning more than five decades and notable roles in the likes of Good Will Hunting, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Avengers Assemble to name just a few, the Swedish star has managed to avoid that particular genre until now. That being said, River certainly isn’t your standard British crime drama.
- Mike McCarthy
We've launched the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category in our Oscars predictions center. The category's name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling and has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetics, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films ("The Wolfman," "Pan's Labyrinth," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), or to age or transform actors in biopics ("La Vie en Rose," "Frida," "The Iron Lady"). -Break- Predict Best Visual Effects Oscar: Is 'Star Wars' about to make a comeback? However, last year's winner was "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a period comedy with some showy prosthetic work on Tilda Swinton as a wealthy octogenerian, but not nearly as showy as rival nominee "Guardians of the Galaxy," which used extensive makeup to create various alien races. The year before "Dallas Buyers Club&q..." »
When Anthony Hopkins took to the screen to play Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone’s biopic of the former Us President, a now-familiar debate played out. Stone wanted a leading actor who could capture the mannerisms and character of Nixon, rather than a visual mimic. But, certainly when the news of the casting landed, many questioned the fact that Hopkins looked nothing like Nixon. I’d argue that Oliver Stone was ultimately rewarded with one of Hopkins’ most complex and interesting performances.
Contrast that with the Oscar-winning performance of Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, where she brought Margaret Thatcher to the screen. As strong as her performance was, I always felt it a little more edging towards visualising Thatcher rather than digging into her character. »
Actors are chameleons, by their nature masters in convincingly becoming other people. But actors can only go so far in persuading an audience that they are from a different galaxy, are actually a different species, lived hundreds of years ago, have become seriously disfigured, and/or are 40 years older than they are. Assisting them in this task are makeup artists and hairstylists. The Academy Award for Best Makeup & Hairstyling has its nominees chosen in a different manner than any other branch. Notably, there are only three nominees. Interestingly, they are chosen from a list of seven (who are chosen after what is frequently called the “bakeoff”). Those seven finalists make submissions and presentations to the branch, leading to the trio chosen as actual nominees. Up to three makeup artists and/or hairstylists can earn a nomination for a film, though it is often difficult to predict who they will be in advance, »
- Gerard Kennedy
After losing director Sofia Coppola earlier this year, Universal and Focus Features' The Little Mermaid remake is back on track, with Chloe Moretz signing on to star as the title character. Variety reports that Richard Curtis is in talks to write the screenplay, which had previously been worked on by a number of writers such as Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and, most recently, Caroline Thompson (Tim Burton's Corpse Bride). The studio hasn't found a directorial replacement as of yet, but that may change with Chloe Moretz now on board.
The actress had reportedly been a front runner for the role when Sofia Coppola was set to direct. Insiders claim that it was the studio's insistence in casting a star like Chloe Moretz that paved the way for the director leaving the project. Once Sofia Coppola was gone, the studio still wanted to bring the actress on board, »
A good portion of Oscar wins aren’t exactly unpredictable. When Meryl Steep is up for an Academy Award, even for a movie as banal as The Iron Lady, odds are she’ll leave the Dolby Theatre holding another gold statue. The same can be said for Pixar in the Best Animated Feature category, and they have two serious contenders in […]
The post ‘Inside Out’, ‘Anomalisa’ and 14 More Eligible For Best Animated Feature Category at This Year’s Oscars appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
After winning the Best Actress Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep came backstage for the standard Q&A with the press. As she stood there with her Oscar statuette, I asked her:
Q. For young girls today, young women watching the Oscars, what advice would you give to them if they are thinking about going into filmmaking or acting?
A. Or anything.
Q. Or anything?
A. Or anything. Never give up. Don’t give up, don’t give up. I mean, many girls around the world live in circumstances that are unimaginably difficult. And it’s not, you know, show business is a golf game compared to the way most kids grow up in the world. But I would say never give up.
Inspired by true events, Suffragette movingly explores the passion and »
- Michelle McCue
"Suffragette" is a hard-hitting feminist history of England's turbulent turn-of-the-century fight by an oppressed group —women—for the right to vote. And rather than look at the well-heeled aristocrats—one, Emmeline Pankhurst, is memorably played by Meryl Streep—writer Abi Morgan ("The Iron Lady") and her director/collaborator Sarah Gavron ("Brick Road") searched for the right way into the struggle. They found it in the character of Maud, a laundress who has endured horrific working conditions since she was a child, as her mother did before her. Carey Mulligan ("An Education") enthusiastically signed to play her, and could earn her second Oscar nomination. Mulligan carries this movie as ably as she did "Far from the Madding Crowd." Maud is a 24-year-old workhorse who is drawn into the suffragette movement by a co-worker (the excellent Anne-Marie Duff) and local pharmacist (Helena Bonham Carter). The harshness »
- Anne Thompson
The agreement will run for three years and cover both film and television production.
Ivernel said the move highlighted Gaumont’s “ambition to expand further in English-speaking film and high-end European TV series.”
Prior to forming, Montebello, Ivernel ran Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé and turned Pathé UK into one of the most successful production and distribution companies in Europe.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Paris– Gaumont et Montebello Productions, the banner of former Pathe U.K. topper François Ivernel, have signed a development and production agreement. The three-year pact will cover both film and TV production.
Ivernel, a vet producer and distributor whose credits include Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” said Gaumont combined “stability and dynamism.” “Gaumont has been very successful with production and distribution of French films and international TV series. The company’s ambition to pursue its expansion into English-language movies as well as European TV series makes it an ideal partner for Montebello,” explained Ivernel.
The alliance between the two companies suggests Gaumont’s willingness to venture again into English-language film productions with a well-rounded partner. The French studio had been focusing on local pics after delivering a string of English-language movies, notably Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Female Misbehavior: Gavron’s Noble Depiction of British Women’s Suffrage Movement
There’s much to admire in Sarah Gavron’s sophomore directorial effort, Suffragette, a turn-of-the-century snapshot of the British Women’s suffrage movement as the struggle for the right to vote considerably intensified against the patriarchal code. Enhanced by some superb performances from its talented cast, there’s a surprising degree of dramatic potency for a vehicle specifically calibrated to convey a cumbersome and obvious message, even as it stacks an overwhelming amount of tension on the back of its lead protagonist, balanced magnificently by its star, Carey Mulligan.
Reuniting with the screenwriter of her 2007 debut Brick Lane, Abi Morgan (who penned McQueen’s Shame, as well as The Iron Lady in 2011), Gavron concocts a rather conventional snapshot of a struggle for equality still being exacted, to varying degrees, across the globe.
In 1912 London, laundrywoman Maud Watts (Mulligan »
- Nicholas Bell
Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films are delighted to announce that principal photography has begun on Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. The first cinematic adventure for the long running and much-loved comedy is shooting on location in the U.K and the south of France for seven weeks. The studios have also released the first look photo, featuring the original stars of the Absolutely Fabulous TV series, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as the iconic Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother. The award-winning team behind the camera includes Mandie Fletcher (Blackadder, Absolutely Fabulous) directing from a script by Jennifer Saunders, producers Jon Plowman (Absolutely Fabulous, The Vicar of Dibley) and Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle, Dad's Army) with Steve Milne, »
It marks first cinematic outing for the long running comedy and is shooting on location in the UK and the south of France for seven weeks.
The film reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother.
The team behind the camera includes Mandie Fletcher (Blackadder, Absolutely Fabulous) directing from a script by Saunders, producers Jon Plowman (Absolutely Fabulous) and Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle). Jones is also producing the upcoming film version of Dad’s Army.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films have released the first image from comedy “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” which has started to shoot in the U.K. and the South of France for seven weeks. The film will be released next year.
The film reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy, along with the rest of the original cast, which includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother.
In the movie, which is adapted from the BBC TV series, Edina and Patsy are still living the high life: shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber-fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm, and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent, »
- Leo Barraclough
As usual, this year’s Oscar race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling features a wide array of character transformations, period detail and genre manifestations. While fantastical exhibitions have certainly been Academy favorites in the past, the award has gone to grounded work more often than not in recent years, with films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Iron Lady” walking away with the gold. So let’s start there with our analysis of this year’s field.
Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables” won the prize a few years back. This year, his follow-up — “The Danish Girl” — provides another opportunity for designers to work in period trappings. But moreover, this story of trangender pioneer Lili Elbe offers up an on-screen metamorphosis as actor Eddie Redmayne portrays Elbe during her transition. Designer Jan Sewell has been BAFTA-nominated a number of times over the years, including a notice for »
- Kristopher Tapley
It marks the first time the Oscar-winning Us actress has been a juror at a film festival.
It will be the first time that the star of The Devil Wears Prada, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady has taken on the role of a juror at a film festival - but not the first time she has been a guest of the Berlinale.
In 2012, Streep received the Berlinale’s Honorary Golden Bear in 2012 for lifetime achievement, having previously received the Berlinale Camera from the festival in 1999 and shared the Silver Bear with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman in 2003 for their performances in The Hours.
“It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty,” said Streep »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Last last month we brought you a sneak preview of both the artwork and audio production of The Prisoner from Big Finish, as it was the 48th anniversary of the show [see here]. Well now Big Finish have revealed to the world the cast of their forthcoming re-imagining of this classic series.
The lead role of Number Six with be played by actor Mark Elstob, originally No.6 was played by the late Patrick McGoohan who was a former spy imprisoned in the mysterious ‘Village’. Mark is known for his many stage appearances, including Present Laughter, Neville’s Island, The Importance of Being Earnest, Sir Peter Hall’s Hamlet and Steven Berkoff’s Salome, as well as for his year in Emmerdale as Andrew Fraser.
He was chosen for the part of Number Six after an extensive search by writer/director and producer Nicholas Briggs. “I knew, of course, that the casting of Number Six was pivotal, »
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