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Though narrowly – and somewhat unfairly – missing out on an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in the brilliant Saving Mr. Banks, British actress Emma Thompson now returns with something a little lighter, but by no means more entertaining, as she stars alongside Pierce Brosnan in Joel Hopkins’ comedy caper, The Love Punch.
Thompson plays Kate, who after waving her daughter off to university, is on the end of a shock visit from her former husband, Richard (Brosnan). Though still on regular speaking terms, spending a lot of time together is something they haven’t done for a good long while – but when Richard claims that a conniving French businessman (Laurent Lafitte) is screwing them both out of their pensions and life savings, they jump on the next place to pay him a visit. As expected, the arrogant tycoon plays hardball, and so the pair are forced to concoct a plan, »
- Stefan Pape
Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth making the film about the Pakistani teenager who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban.
In addition to its financial commitment, Participant will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the film release.
Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winner behind An Inconvenient Truth, the feature-length documentary about Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai’s fight for the right to education is expected to release early 2015.
Malala gained international recognition in 2012 when she survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban at age 14. Shot in the head and neck when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Participant Media is joining Image Nation Abu Dhabi as co-financer of the upcoming documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt. Docu is being helmed by “Waiting for Superman” director Davis Guggenheim.
In addition to its financial commitment, Participant Media will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the high-profile docu’s theatrical release.
In 2012 Malala Yousafzai was wounded when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 14-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community, was shot in the head and neck, sparking international media outrage.
Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest such nominee in history. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye joined forces to battle evil (otherwise known as Loki) in this 2012 Marvel film that incited mixed reaction from fans and critics alike. Could director Joss Whedon convincingly weave multiple superhero storylines? Would the ensemble cast of heroes conjure up bad memories of bicker-filled family reunions? Or would it be a feel-good film about the fantastic nature of the good guys?
Skeptics wondered whether a film combining so many heroes would work, but Whedon packed in scene after scene that left audiences craving more and cemented America’s fascination with comic book movies. »
- Nina Terrero
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Tarzan: Disney’s glorious 1999 animated version, and the last film of the Disney Renaissance [my review] [at Netflix]
I caught up with…
La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus: follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant; it’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent [my review] [at Netflix]
new to streaming
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is a magnificent cinematic creation… but there’s no good reason it takes so damn long to get to him [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
new to Prime
Byzantium: acclaimed director Neil Jordan takes on vampire horror, and finds a hard-edged feminism in a new mythology of the bloodsuckers [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: kooky-cutesy dramedy about British pensioners who retire to India, where they can »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Salman Khan has released the first look trailer for Dr Cabbie.
Virmani plays the role of doctor Deepak Chopra, who becomes a taxi driver in Canada after failing to secure a job in medicine.
The film is described as a story of accomplishing one's goals no matter what obstacles occur.
Directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot and produced by Eros International and Salman Khan Films, the movie also stars Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) and Lilette Dubey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
Dr Cabbie is expected to release in September. »
Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox
When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.
It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »
- Charles Gant
Fox Searchlight has dated “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” for a March 6 platform release in the U.S.
The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a surprise hit and grossed $135 million worldwide in 2012. The new project is the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight.
John Madden has returned to direct the sequel from a script by Ol Parker. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin are producing and Participant’s Jeff Skoll is executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
- Dave McNary
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2014) – Following 12 Years A Slave’s historical Academy Award® win for Best Picture, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a campaign to celebrate Fox Searchlight’s 20th Anniversary. The “We Have Your Story” anniversary event will spotlight Fox Searchlight’s collection of more than 140 smart, thoughtful and distinctive films including award-winning favorites Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Slumdog Millionaire, 500 Days of Summer, Juno, The Last King of Scotland, Once, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways and Boys Don’t Cry, which together won 23 Academy Awards and garnered 90 Academy Award nominations. The campaign »
- Pietro Filipponi
Jonathan Ross is one of three new members to be appointed to the BFI Governing Board.
The trio will join chairman Greg Dyke and a group of 11 other industry experts, focused on enhancing British cinema.
"Each new Board member brings a unique set of expertise, experience and insight to the table and we are very pleased to have three such talented individuals join us," Dyke said.
"The strength of the BFI Board has been greatly enhanced and it is well-placed to meet the opportunities and challenges of the next phase in the BFI's development and growth."
Ross's arrival on the board comes weeks after the 53-year-old withdrew from hosting this year's Hugo Awards, following a barrage of online negativity.
Wong is responsible for international production for Sony Pictures Television and »
Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.
Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.
In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”
Ross is a chat-show host, »
- Leo Barraclough
They will attend their first BFI Board meeting on 29 April, 2014.
The board of governors, chaired by Greg Dyke and co-chaired by Libby Savill, comprises Josh Berger, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil, Oona King, J Timothy Richards and Alison Cornwell.
TV and radio personality Ross presents ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and previously presented BBC One’s flagship film show. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Dame Judi Dench will reportedly not attend tonight's (March 2) 86th Academy Awards.
Sources told the New York Post that it was not possible for the Philomena star - who is nominated for Best Actress - to make the 48-hour round trip from India, where she is currently filming.
Oscars: Who will win at the Academy Awards? Our predictions - video
Dench is currently working on the sequel to 2012's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
She did not attend the Golden Globes in January, but did attend the BAFTA Awards in London on February 16.
Digital Spy Alternative Oscars 2014: Nominees and winners
He told The Daily Telegraph: "I still don't know if she will be able to attend the Oscars. Her health has to come first, »
Although Los Angeles only recorded 1.53 inches of rain over the course of 12 hours on Friday according to the National Weather Service, it was enough precipitation to cause a rather sizable and particularly deep tidal pool outside West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive. On the penultimate day prior to Hollywood’s most famous night, Oscar Sunday, the town was out in force.
Helen Mirren and Oscar nominee June Squibb shook hands at Women in Film’s cocktail party , the former in white and the latter “blinged out,” a status of which the 85-year-old “Nebraska” actress has grown weary. “I’m looking forward to getting back to normal life. Although I did put work on hold to do this,” she said, motioning to the room packed primarily with champagne-toting women. She’s not writing a speech for either the Independent Spirit Awards or the Oscars, but rather “has really been thinking about what to say. »
- Alexandra Cheney and Shalini Dore
I happen to be a connoisseur of the newly minted sub-genre of old or middle-aged actors appearing in films that are plainly beneath them. From the Red films to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, there’s something so fun and warming about watching truly great performers in light action or romantic comedies, obviously enjoying the vacation.
The latest in this growing sub-genre is The Love Punch, featuring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as a divorced couple out to pull off a daring heist. When Richard (Brosnan) loses his employee pension fund after his firm is defrauded, he and ex-wife Kate (Thompson) head to Paris to confront the crooked French financier who took their nest egg. Discovering that the financier is about to be married, the pair concoct a scheme to steal his fiancee’s massive diamond necklace. Along for the ride are Jerry and Penelope (Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Eight years later, Reiner’s “And So It Goes” is up for sale at Berlin. Produced by Foresight Unlimited in association with Reiner’s Castle Rock, it marks the first time Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton have appeared onscreen together.
Douglas portrays a self-centered real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter, played by Sterling Jerins, whom he never knew. Keaton plays the neighbor of Douglas’ character. The cast is rounded out by Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen.
“We really thought about getting Jack (Nicholson) in the film but he really does not want to act any more,” Reiner said.
Reiner notes that recent films »
- Dave McNary
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina) discovers he can travel in time. Tim’s father (Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life. The idea for About Time came from a conversation that director Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio, Love Actually) had with a friend about what they would do if they were told that they had only 24 hours left to live. … Continue reading →
The post About Time: VOD Spotlight appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
She's the go-to actor for elegant despair – but after 20 years, Kristin Scott Thomas is done with movies. She talks shambolic film sets, French mistresses and the joys of saying non
Kristin Scott Thomas has had enough. She has been working flat out for 30 years, and made 65 films: having lived in Paris since the age of 19, she effectively has two careers, one in English and one in French. Even her cleaner thinks her workload is insane. Last September, for the first time in her life, she reached a point where she could no longer go on. "I just suddenly thought, I cannot cope with another film," she says. "I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping." Having always been a workaholic, she now likes to think of herself, »
- Decca Aitkenhead
The recent rise of gray-haired studio fare like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Grudge Match, and Philomena has pretty much ensured a proliferation of indies about aging boomers.
Thus we have the release of Old Goats, a sporadically amusing comedy about three retirees struggling to find meaningful ways to spend the rest of their lives. Britt, Bob, and Dave aren't as cranky as the film's title makes them sound. Played by first-time actors Britton Crosley, Bob Burkholder, and David Vander Wal, respectively, they're simply afraid of trying anything new, and of being captive to that neophobia.
Dave is our guide to his friends.
To his left is Bob, a grizzled gnome with shaky hands who's trying to sell a book about his life, which include »
It's been nearly two years since Sherlock Holmes seemingly fell to his death in the epic Season 2 finale of Sherlock, and since then all anyone has wanted to know is: how did he survive? The question is finally answered when London's greatest consulting detective returns in Sherlock: Season Three, available on Blu-ray and DVD February 11, 2014 from BBC Home Entertainment. The third season of Sherlock premieres in the Us on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS on January 19, 2014. Earlier this month, the season premiere was watched by 9.2 million viewers on BBC One in the UK, making it the most-watched episode of Sherlock ever. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The World's End) reteam in three brand new action-packed adventures of the Emmy-nominated series that USA Today called "TV pleasure at its most intense..."
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