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The billboards for Ricki and the Flash tell you to "Get Ready for Ricki," but it may take a little more preparation than you were expecting. Because while you've surely had ample time to acclimate yourself to the spectacle of Streep belting "Bad Romance" in her role as small-time, mascara-smudged bar singer Ricki, you still might not be ready for the bomb dropped by the film in its very first scene: Despite her boho-rock braids and follow-your-bliss lifestyle, Meryl's Ricki is a dyed-in-the-wool, Obama-hating Republican.That's right: One of Hollywood's most famously liberal actresses is playing a woman who blames Obama for our country's ills, and does so early and often. And while it was one thing to watch Streep espouse conservative ideals in her Oscar-winning role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, it's quite another to see what Streep is up to in Ricki and the Flash, where »
- Kyle Buchanan,Bennett Marcus
Suffragette from director Sarah Gavron arrives in NY and La on Oct. 23 and begins expanding nationwide over the following weeks after what will likely be a Fall film festival premiere where the feature will begin its awards campaign in earnest. Today, however, the first poster art for the film has arrived, promoting its three biggest names in Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep along with its message of "Mothers Daughters Rebels". Written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame), the film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to »
- Brad Brevet
Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
Every time it feels like Hollywood has decided to remake a property that couldn’t be more sacred, they one up the ante. Michael Bay has been prepping a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense/horror classic The Birds, and Variety reports that the project has now found its director: Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen. Van Rooijen has directed the thrillers Tape and Daylight previously, but never a film in the English language.
Hitchcock’s film from 1963, arguably his last great movie and the story of how birds terrorized a small town in Northern California, has never been officially remade, but its influences are everywhere. Heck, even Jurassic World has a scene with pterodactyls worthy of Hitch.
No details on additional plot points or when production is expected to begin have yet been revealed.
So far the list of movies based on board games includes Clue, Battleship, Jumanji, and maybe someday, »
- Brian Welk
Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.
The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.
Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. This year, 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..
This year Crosbie was nominated for an »
- Don Groves
Reese Witherspoon continues to find interesting projects to produce and potentially star in. And now she along with Fox 2000 have The Iron Lady and Suffragette writer Abi Morgan aboard to adapt Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s book Ashley’s War. The nonfiction book, which carries the subtitle The Untold Story Of A Team Of Women Soldiers On The Special Ops Battlefield, follows what happened when the Us Army Special Operations Command created a pilot programme to allow elite female soldiers on the battlefield alongside the likes of the Green Berets serving in Afghanistan. The unit, known as Cst-2, put its potential Army candidates through a rigorous selection process that resulted in the troops seeing action. First Lieutenant Ashley White became the first Cst member killed in action. Witherspoon may well take a role in any eventual film, but Morgan will have to write the script first. She has Suffragette, with Sarah Gavron directing, »
The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.
“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »
- Guy Lodge
The newest movie from Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron tells the true story of the British suffrage movement from the turn of the 20th century.
Three-time Academy Award winner Streep portrays the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, a key figure in helping women gain the vote in the UK.
Suffragette will open this year's BFI London Film Festival, with a cinema release to follow on October 23 in the Us and October 30 in the UK. »
Who wouldn’t join a movement led by Meryl Streep?
Streep is joined by Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in the first trailer for Suffragette. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron from script by Abi Morgan and also stars Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.
Suffragette is the story of the struggle for women’s suffrage in early 20th-century Great Britain. Mulligan plays Maud, a young working mother who joins the Women’s Social and Political Union to campaign for the right to vote. Streep will portray Emmeline Pankhurst, a real-life founder of the Wspu and controversial leader who encouraged militant tactics.
The film is set to open the London Film Festival and looks like it will be the leader for this year’s feel good historical British story following The King’s Speech, The Iron Lady, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game. The story sounds interesting »
- Zach Dennis
“It’s deeds not words that’ll get us the vote.”
This Fall, Meryl Streep anchors a stellar British cast in Suffragette, the film inspired by the real life events in women’s quest for the right to vote in the UK. The women wage a war against the men in charge during the early days of the feminist movement. And this is a war of not just words, but of hurled rocks, and explosions.
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, and Anne-Marie Duff take charge against the patriarchy led by Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan is the star of the film as Maud, a young women who gets swept up in the cause as a foot soldier of the movment, fighting for equality throught the only route to change- violence.
- Rachel West
"This is a deliberate escalation... this has to stop!" Focus Features has debuted the full-length trailer for Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep as Mrs. Pankhurst plus Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Romola Garai. Suffragette is a film about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. This powerful yet sensitive trailer shows how hard it was to be a part of this fight, both physically and emotionally. This looks like it might end up being really, really good - potential awards buzz and lots more. Here's the full-length trailer for Sarah Gavron's Suffragette, direct from Focus Features: Suffragette is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady). The film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who »
- Alex Billington
Suffragette, the story of the British women who fought for the right to vote at the turn of the 20th century, has been named as the opening night film of the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18).
The period drama will receive its European premiere at the festival on October 7 – three weeks ahead of its UK release – at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast members including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
The premiere will be broadcast live from the red carpet ahead of simultaneous screenings of the film at cinemas across the UK.
The film is produced »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The film will lift the curtain on this year's festival on October 7 with its European premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square. A new trailer for the film, viewable below, has been released to coincide with the London Film Festival news.
BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart said: "We are proud to announce that the much anticipated Suffragette will be this year's BFI London Film Festival opening night gala.
"Suffragette is an urgent and compelling film - made by British women, about British women, who changed the course of history and it is, quite simply, a film that everyone must see."
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says:
“We are proud to announce that the much anticipated Suffragette will be this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala. Suffragette is an urgent and compelling film – made by British women, about British women who changed the course of history and it is, quite simply, a film that everyone must see.”
Director Sarah Gavron’s film starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Natalie Press, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on October 23rd and will be in theaters across the country by Thanksgiving.
Suffragette – Trailer No. 1
- Michelle McCue
“Suffragette,” which stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, will open the 59th BFI London Film Festival. The film tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.
Mulligan, Bonham Carter and Streep will be on the red carpet on Oct. 7 at the Odeon Leicester Square for the film’s European premiere, as well as other members of the cast, who include Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Whishaw. They will be joined by the director Sarah Gavron, who returns to the festival for a third time. She reteamed on the movie with her “Brick Lane” screenwriter Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”). “Suffragette” is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, who produced “Saving Mr. Banks,” the festival’s closing night film in 2013.
“Suffragette” is an intense drama that »
- Leo Barraclough
Focus has premiered the first trailer for Suffragette from director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and starring a fleet of who's who including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and, oh, yeah... Meryl Streep. Written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame), the film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, »
- Brad Brevet
"I got the call while on my honeymoon and was told it was really important that I fly in," Clooney said. "First I had to explain that to my wife, which didn't play well.
"And then, the whole idea of spending part of your honeymoon with people dressed up like Captain Kirk and Star Wars characters somehow wasn't easy to explain to my new bride. But, I showed up and it was actually fun."
Clooney, who is well known for pranking his famous co-stars, also told Norton about his »
It’s not exactly a surprise to see Meryl Streep sing on film – after all, we’ve seen her warble in the likes of Into The Woods and Mamma Mia! and that ten-minute rap battle sequence in The Iron Lady was killer – but Ricki And The Flash allows her to channel her inner Stevie Nicks or Nancy Wilson for a rock ‘n’ roll story of a mother reconnecting with her family. Check out the first trailer. Jonathan Demme is behind the camera for this one, directing a Diablo Cody script about a rocker who essentially gave up everything for her chance at musical stardom. She’s used to being on tour, but when her long-suffering ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) calls to say their daughter Julie (Streep’s real-life spawn Mamie Gummer) has been jilted by her husband-to-be, she’s forced to confront the realities of the family she left behind. »
Billed as “the world’s first painted animation feature”, the film aims to bring Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life in a unique way. Live action footage will be filmed and then projected, frame by frame, onto canvas and painted over in oils in the style of Van Gogh.
A total of 60 painters will work for a year to complete the 57,800 oil paintings making up the film.
Loving Vincent stars Douglas Booth (The Riot Club), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Chris O’Dowd (Calvary), Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel), John Sessions (The Iron Lady), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), and Aidan Turner (The Hobbit).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: The former president of international at Ssg has joined the company in the run-up to Cannes.
“Tamara is a great addition to Premiere, as she brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships with her”, said svp of sales and acquisitions Jack Campbell.
“As a former buyer, she adds a welcome perspective that really rounds out our team. She’s very smart, charismatic and charming – and always the consummate professional. We’re really happy to have her and we are excited to be growing the company with such a great team player.”
During her time at Ssg, Nagahiro was involved in the acquisition and distribution of such titles as [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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