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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

24 November 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Previous recipients have included John Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson.

Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”

In 1996, Ejiofor caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast him in “Amistad,” opposite Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. In 2002, he was nominated for his first major awards: the Bifa for »

- Leo Barraclough

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to receive honorary Bifa

24 November 2015 2:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) had announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor is to be honoured with The Richard Harris Award at this year’s ceremony on Dec 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.  Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.

A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.

Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris, said: “I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel. Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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David Mamet returning to movies with ‘Speed-the-Plow’ film adaptation

7 April 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hollywood is no stranger to smart, cynical, profane, edgy dialogue and writing in their modern dramas and comedies, but for a few years they’ve been without the style’s eminent champion, David Mamet. His last film was the HBO Movie Phil Spector, preceded by the 2008 Mma fighting drama Redbelt.

Deadline reported Monday that Mamet is making his way back to the big screen via an adaptation of his play Speed-the-Plow, in which Mamet himself will adapt the stage production.

Speed-the-Plow is a movie-biz satire in which two Hollywood producers angle to get a big movie star to make a film under their studio banner, despite him being under contract with another. The two also make a bet to see who can first seduce and bed a young Hollywood upstart, who has her own motives to deceive the producers. It involves a theme that Mamet would later revisit in Wag the Dog »

- Brian Welk

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