20 items from 2010
Starting a couple of years ago, Britain began to publish its own equivalent of the Us Black List – the best unproduced scripts of the year. And squarely on the 2009 edition of the Brit List was Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic. Now, after some casting changes, the film has cropped up at the American Film Market with Last Chance Harvey’s Joel Hopkins behind the camera and Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend and Bill Nighy in front of it. Aboud’s tale follows Bella Brown, a reclusive author who shuns the outside world and spends most of her time compulsively tidying up her flat. But when she ventures out to the local library, she meets Billy, a slapdash inventor who loves chaos and enjoys dashing through the library aisles, much to the chagrin of the librarian.In its original incarnation, Carey Mulligan was attached as Bella, with Tom Wilkinson, Christopher Eccleston, »
In an off blog e-mail correspondence earlier this week, one of my fellow movie bloggers said to me "The best thing about this year's Best Actress race is that Streep isn't in it." That's funny. It's true that her ubiquity can be exhausting. It must especially feel like a relief for other Tinseltown goddesses in those rare years when she isn't in play. More room for them. But since Streep at 60, a web series we started over a year ago, needs to wrap up, let's discuss her final (to date) nominations.
"Streep @ 60" Previous Nominations Discussed
78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 88, 90, 95, 98, 99, 02 and 06
In the past two years Streep put yet more distance between herself and her nearest competitors. Her two closest Oscar rivals, Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn, are long gone from planet earth. Streep's similarly aged / Oscar friendly peers (Lange, Close, Weaver, Sarandon, Spacek & Field) have faded from the movie spotlight, comparatively speaking, robbing them of Meryl's abundant Oscar-tallying opportunities. »
- NATHANIEL R
We asked you to suggest the most mismatched lovers in cinema. Here are some of the best gruesome twosomes
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@Victoriatheoldgoth Most French films pair an extraordinarily beautiful woman with an absolute gargoyle.
Being first out of the gate often matters a lot in the Oscar derby. "Frozen River" and "Little Miss Sunshine" reaped top nominations in 2008 and 2006, respectively, after being the first DVDs shipped to academy members. This year, that distinction goes to two releases shipped by Sony Pictures Classics late last week: "Animal Kingdom" and "Mother and Child."
In his L.A. Times review, Kenneth Turan praised "Animal Kingdom," which won the world cinema jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival: "Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, 'Animal Kingdom' marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: 'Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another.'"
Last Chance Harvey director Joel Hopkins' next project is the indie comedy Lizard Music based on the young adult novel of the same title. Daniel Manus' Pinkwater story is about an imaginative 11-year old boy who isn't sure if the lizard musicians he meets are real or not. Lizard Music is being produced by Tiny Dancer Films.
Source: Variety »
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Okay, so she's not a Dame yet. Shut up. It's only a matter of time!
for Hollywood's Walk of Fame earlier this month.
Nanny McPhee Returns is on 2000+ of the nation's screens but I probably won't be seeing it. Remember two days back when we discussed what we were always looking for in a movie? One of my answers should have been beauty. I am not a beauty fascist in real life but I suppose I am at the movie theaters. Hollywood's great actresses should be immortalized with key lights, flawless makeup and evening gowns. Movie stars are supposed to be fantasies... our idealized selves. That's why Old Hollywood still has so much appeal. The studio system understood this. I like beauty on my silver screens so I really don't want to see Emma Thompson -- who can be just ravishing (see Much Ado About Nothing. »
- NATHANIEL R
'You have so much invested in the story,' she tells MTV News of writing and starring in the sequel.
By Kara Warner
Photo: MTV News
It's hard to believe that it's already been four years since moviegoers first met Nanny McPhee. Emma Thompson's no-nonsense portrayal of the homely-yet-helpful nanny had such a positive impact on audiences that a second installment, "Nanny McPhee Returns," is opening in theaters this week.
We recently caught up with the esteemed actress and the film's writer to discuss why she waited so long to continue her McPhee story (which is based on Christianna Brand's "Nurse Matilda" books) and how being the screenwriter/actress makes the filmmaking experience doubly satisfying.
"There was a big gap ... four years, so I had lots of time to do other things," she explained. Those other things included six films ("Stranger Than Fiction," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, »
Oscar winning actress and writer Emma Thompson is best known for her dramatic roles in such films as Howards End, The Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Father, Sense and Sensibility and An Education. But she has also appeared in a series of romantic comedies and family films as well such as Love Actually, Last Chance Harvey, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Nanny McPhee, which she also wrote. Now she returns both as star and writer of the new film Nanny McPhee Returns, which is a sequel to her hit 2005 film and opens in theaters on August 20th. In addition to Thompson the follow-up features an all-star cast of actors including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans and Ewan McGregor, as well as child-actors Lil Woods, Eros Vlahos and Rosie Taylor-Ritson. We recently had »
Bosses at indie studio Overture Films have failed to raise the necessary investment to continue business and will cease making films.
Relativity Media has taken over the company's marketing and distribution operations and will retain staff to help make sure De Niro's new film Stone, Hoffman's directorial debut Jack Goes Boating and much-anticipated horror film Let Me In get proper releases as planned.
Overture Films will shut down completely following the release of the three movies, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The UK Film Council have today published their Statistical Yearbook online, and it paints a very healthy picture despite the economical climate.
Of particular interest is this page, the Top 20 UK Films, which shows UK funded and part funded productions with some obvious (Harry Potter), some which were surprise hits (Sherlock Holmes) and some outstanding independent films (Moon).
Putting it all in context, and there is a lot of context, the UK film industry is putting out some very impressive films with the results that the audience grew 6% last year, reaching 173.5 million in 2009. One statistic in particular is worth paying attention, not because of its figures for 2009, but for how the growth will be seen in 2010′s results: 3D films accounted for 16% of UK and Republic of Ireland box office revenues in 2009 (£176 million), up from just 0.4% in 2008.
The UK Film Council point to the 3D spectaculars such as Pixar’s Up, »
- Jon Lyus
29 June 2010 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
London -- Fans of the Kinks are to get a big screen version of the band's seminal album "Schoolboys in Disgrace," backers said Wednesday.
Goldthwait said: "'Schoolboys in Disgrace' is a story that any kid who has felt that they are not being treated fairly can relate to, all set to some of the greatest rock songs you'll ever hear. »
- By Stuart Kemp
Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The film is the studio’s first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball.
Synopsis: After renouncing his outlaw ways, Sam Childers embarks on a spiritual path, becoming a warrior for the desperate and helpless children in a war-torn country in Africa.
Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as “the machine gun preacher.” Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) portrays Childers’s best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll (The Spy Nex Door, Swing Vote) plays Childers’s daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, Street Smart) plays Childers’s mother, Daisy Childers; and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo, Damages) plays Deng, Childers’s right hand in Africa. »
- Allan Ford
Lionsgate will distribute the true-story film Machine Gun Preacher Lionsgate, the leading next generation studio, today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The film is the studio's first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball. Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as "the machine gun preacher." Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) portrays Childers's best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door, Swing Vote) plays Childers's daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, Street Smart) plays Childers's mother, Daisy Childers; and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo, Damages) plays Deng, Childers's right hand in Africa. The screenwriter is Jason D. Keller. Forster will produce under his Apparatus shingle alongside Robbie Brenner »
Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the fact-based action drama Machine Gun Preacher , directed by Marc Forster ( Quantum of Solace ). The film is the studio's first collaboration with Forster since the Oscar'-winning Monster's Ball . Gerard Butler ( Law Abiding Citizen , 300 ) stars as Reverend Sam Childers, known as "the machine gun preacher." Michelle Monaghan ( Eagle Eye , Gone Baby Gone ) co-stars as his wife, Lynn Childers; Oscar nominee Michael Shannon ( The Runaways , Revolutionary Road ) portrays Childers's best friend, Donnie; Madeline Carroll ( The Spy Next Door , Swing Vote ) plays Childers's daughter, Paige; Kathy Baker ( Last Chance Harvey , Street Smart ) plays Childers's mother, Daisy Childers; and »
You don't need to show Jesus on the cross to make a hit religious film. In fact, you don't need that much religion at all. Catherine Shoard hears the good news from the makers of 'faith films'
Blog: What's your relationship with God at the flicks?
Generally, when a camera breaks on a film set, the first move is to call the technicians. Not so on Letters to God. When equipment went wrong on that film – a based-on-a-true-story weepie about a cancer-stricken child whose missives to the almighty redeem an alcoholic postman – the drill was: pray first, check the fuses later. But it wasn't just techies falling to their knees. It was religious professionals.
"We had prayer warriors on set every day," says director David Nixon, "people who knew nothing of film-making, but who knew how to pray. When I'd yell 'action' they'd go into action and start praying. They'd pray for the actors. »
- Catherine Shoard
On its surface, Coach was a film that almost begged me to rip it apart. From its goofy front cover to its tagline, “You can’t score without taking a shot,” I was checking to make sure I had enough alcohol in my apartment to make it through this movie. After having watched Coach, all I can say is that I was wrong about this movie. No one involved in this movie is likely to win any awards, but their target audience of teen girl sleepovers will enjoy this bit of lighthearted romantic entertainment.
Nick (Hugh Dancy) is unemployed and living off of the money his father willed to him. His upwardly mobile girlfriend Zoe (Gillian Jacobs) is fed up with his unmotivated lifestyle of playing soccer and going out for drinks with his friends, and before she flies out to California for a job opportunity, she suggests that they should take a break. »
- Rachel Kolb
Welcome to your Tuesday morning television briefing. Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey) will star in HBO's David Milch and Michael Mann-executive produced drama pilot Luck, which is set in the world of horseracing. Hoffman, will play the lead, Chester "Ace" Bernstein, described as "a man in his late 60s just released from four years in prison who's autodidactic, intelligent, and deeply involved in gambling." Hoffman is the latest cast addition to the high-profile drama pilot, following the attachments of Dennis Farina and John Ortiz last week. Project, being eyed for a potential January launch on the pay cabler, is written by David Milch and will be directed by Michael Mann, both of whom executive produce alongside Carolyn Strauss. (Variety) Dexter's Julie Benz has signed on to star opposite Michael Chiklis in ABC superhero drama pilot No Ordinary Family, about a family that find themselves developing new abilities. »
Hoffman will star in the show as a gambler who, after being released from prison, returns to a horse track he used to frequent, the showbiz trade papers report. He joins Dennis Farina, who will play the lead character's right-hand man and driver, and John Ortiz, who's playing a horse trainer, in the cast.
HBO is hoping to shoot the pilot in the spring; if it's picked up to series, it would likely be on the air in early 2011.
Hoffman won an Emmy in 1985 for playing Willy Loman in a CBS adaptation of "Death of a Salesman" and guested on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in 2005, but he hasn't done any regular TV work since the late 1960s, shortly after his breakout role in "The Graduate."
He won »
Nathaniel: Hey, kids. It's probably not sane to "tape-delay" blog the BAFTAs -- you probably already know who one, actually -- but this blog isn't exactly of sound mind during awards season (or, ahem, otherwise). I haven't heard about the winners yet. The second I opened a browser I sensed spoilers from all corners so I had to look away. Why doesn't the BBC-America broadcast it live? It's not like anyone who cares wouldn't watch it in the afternoon on a Sunday. But if you've already heard who won on the internet wouldn't that cut down your desire to tune in and thus lower the ratings? I don't get it. So that they could rerun broadcass of nature documentary Life of Mammals? I don't really care about the sharpness of a squirrel's front teeth or how kangaroo rats (omg. idon'tevenknow whatthoseare and I Don't Want To Know) store their seeds. »
- NATHANIEL R
22 January 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Overture, Liberty Media's 3-year-old film unit, is hitting the pause button.
Even as its new film "Jack Goes Boating" set sail at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, Overture sent out signals over the past week that it is temporarily putting several projects that had been in development on hold.
In the wake of a spotty track record at the boxoffice in 2009, Liberty/Starz is taking a close look at the company's operations. But while company insiders are describing it as forward-looking financial planning, agencies have been informed of a 90-day hold on development.
While no shutdown of Overture appears imminent, the film unit could undergo a transformation as a result of the current review.
Most immediately affected are films that were about to begin casting, such as the divorce comedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever," and others in development such as the crime thriller "Jar City," a remake of the 2006 film from Iceland, »
- By Gregg Kilday and Matthew Belloni
20 items from 2010
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