18 items from 2013
New figures from the British Film Institute suggest a "breakthrough" over the past three years for female screenwriters, while the number of women directing UK independent films remains low. How well are women represented in this industry?
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Under-representation of women in key creative and production roles in the film industry has been well-documented for many years. The latest figures from the British Film Institute (BFI), looking at female screenwriters and directors of UK independent films, provide a varied set of results.
According to the BFI, there has been something of a "breakthrough" over the past three years with the representation of female screenwriters in the top 20 UK independent films reaching 37%.
The BFI also break this figure down by profitable films, with profitability estimated from an indicator developed by the BFI research and statistics unit. Of the profitable UK independent films over the same period, 30% had a female screenwriter. »
- Ami Sedghi
On the first day of rehearsals for “Saving Mr. Banks,” Jason Schwartzman was running 20 minutes late. By the time he got to the tableread with Emma Thompson and the rest of the actors, he was in an apologetic frenzy. It got worse when Thompson, whom he had never met before, suddenly exploded.
“I just flew in from London!” she bellowed. “The least you could do was be on time!” An awkward hush fell over the room, and Schwartzman was horrified.
“Though my body was the same, within me I was shrinking,” says Schwartzman, who plays “Mary Poppins” songwriter Richard Sherman. “I was so embarrassed, and then she started laughing and the whole thing was a joke. The fear that she put in me, I used that for the rest of the shoot.”
While delivered in jest, the reprimand personifies Thompson’s dry wit and penchant for pushiness.
“My dad always »
- Ramin Setoodeh
She’s unequivocally one of the best British actors of our generation and so we’re proud to announce that Emma Thompson, triple-bafta and double-Oscar winning actress, will be discussing her craft and career at a ‘BAFTA A Life In Pictures’ event on Sunday 24th November. The event, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London.
‘BAFTA A Life In Pictures’ is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent discuss their life and career and share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their crafts. The series has hosted leading names including Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kenneth Branagh and Helen Mirren.
Emma Thompson is a multi-award-winning actress of stage and screen, whose career to date has spanned over thirty years. She received her first BAFTA at »
- Dan Bullock
Saving Mr Banks star to talk on stage about her career on stage and screen.
BAFTA and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is to discuss her craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Nov 24. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.
Thompson received her first BAFTA at the British Academy Television Awards in 1988 for her work on Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, and gained a British Academy Film Award in 1993 for her performance in Howards End, for which she was also awarded her first Oscar and Golden Globe.
In 1996 Emma Thompson took home her third BAFTA for Best Actress for Sense and Sensibility, and her BAFTA-nominated script for the film also earned her the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and a second Golden Globe.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
My soul was never stirred. My spirit did not soar. My intellect did twitch a bit in ways that made my heart ache disagreeably, however. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big science fiction geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The book is better.
I haven’t even read the book, and I know this must be the case, because there’s little here that can account for how highly fans rate the 1985 novel. For the book and its preteen hero, Ender Wiggin, to be as beloved as they are, there’s gotta be some heart lurking in there somewhere. My soul, alas, was never stirred by this film adaptation. My spirit did not soar. My intellect twitched a bit in ways that made my heart ache disagreeably, however. This Ender »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The daughter of director Donald Crombie and former South Australian Film Corp. CEO Judith Crombie, Fiona graduated from Nida and was the resident designer at the Sydney Theatre Co. before she embarked on short films and TVCs.
Transmission will release Macbeth in Australia. StudioCanal is »
- Don Groves
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
White House Down is the second movie showing the Capitol under siege for 2013.
Like Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down tells the story of a man (Channing Tatum, Side Effects) who’s denied his dream job of protecting the President (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained) then ends up being the one person who can save the country.
Tatum’s John Cale is a Capitol Policeman, and when he takes his daughter on a tour of the White House, he ends up being in the right place at the wrong time. When a heavily armed paramilitary group takes over the complex, Cale’s the only one who can save the day.
After originally turning down the offer, Sandra Bullock is once again in early talks to appear in the remake of the beloved musical Annie. Bullock was approached to play Miss Hannigan, the drunken manager of the orphanage. In the ’82 original the role was filled by Carol Burnett.
Sony and Overbrooks Entertainment are working with producers Will Smith and Shawn Carter (better known as Jay-z) for the Will Gluck-directed remake. In the titular role is Quvenzhane Wallis, the spunky tyke everyone adored as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Will Smith’s daughter Willow was originally slated for the part but was replaced by Wallis.
As an alternative to the Daddy Warbucks character Jamie Foxx will be playing Benjamin Stacks, a candidate for New York City mayor. Sony was searching for a globally known actress with comedic capability for Miss Hannigan and Bullock has been proving herself lately as »
- Katherine Kranz
The man who brought the world the Academy Award-winning Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Gavin Hood, has a big challenge on his hands in adapting a much-loved series of sci-fi novels with Ender's Game, but at least he's passed the first challenge: the teaser poster test.Doing exactly what a teaser poster should - i.e. tease you, but not in the playground bully way - it shows young Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang) as the film's lead, Ender Wiggin, squaring off in space against another ship.No look at his face, no mention of his big-name co-stars like Harrison Ford or Ben Kingsley, no guns or blades or anything stereotypically postery. Just... him. And an awkward and somewhat blunt tagline, sure, but if you leave that to one side for a moment it's a pretty impressive piece of postering.Ender’s Game, drawn from Orson Scott Card’s novel, »
Johnny Depp is producing a new magician adventure film called Mortimer Wintergreen, and playwright and scribe Jack Thorne was just hired to write the script. Susanna White (Nanny McPhee Returns) is attached to direct the movie which is based on the 1987 novel The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen, written by Myron Levoy. There's a possibility that Depp will also star in the film if he's got the time.
The story is set in the 1890s, and it "follows a brother and sister who run away from their mean aunt and cross paths with a traveling magician named Mortimer Wintergreen. The man possesses a magical hat with a mind of its own, and the three find themselves on a series of wild adventures."
The film is set up at Warner Bros. where they were previously developing it and according to THR that version of the story followed a con man who stumbles across a magical hat, »
- Joey Paur
Johnny Depp has starred in his fair share of bizarre and quirky roles over the past decade or so, and now the talented producer/actor has added another dash of whimsy to his schedule. THR reports that Depp will produce and may star in Mortimer Wintergreen, a magical adventure film from Warner Bros. based on Myron Levoy's 1987 young adult novel The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. Susanna White (Nanny McPhee Returns) will direct from a script by playwright and author Jack Thorne with Depp playing the title character, a travelling magician who meets two young children who have run away from their evil aunt. Here's the synopsis of Levoy's novel, The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen, from Amazon: In 1890s South Dakota, Amy and Joshua escape from their mean Aunt Vootch. They plan to find their grandparents in New York, and manage to team up with a traveling magician, »
- Ben Pearson
According to THR, Johnny Depp has a film set up at Warner Bros. called Mortimer Wintergreen. Haven’t heard of it? Neither have we. Well apparently, the film now has a writer. Directing duties have already been given to Susanna White, who you may know from Nanny McPhee Returns, and now scripting duties have been handed to Jack Thorne, who is perhaps best known for his work on the TV series Skins.
The film is said to loosely adapt the Ya novel The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen and it follows “two siblings who, after fleeing from an evil aunt, encounter a traveling magician, Mortimer Wintergreen.” It should be noted that Depp is producing and while he is expected to star as well, the decision will ultimately come down to script approval and his schedule. From the sounds of it though, especially given what type of role this is (something »
- Matt Joseph
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series is moving forward. Disney has hired Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) to write a screenplay, with Johnny Depp in mind to return as Jack Sparrow. Depp is not officially attached yet, though he has been amenable to the idea if the script meets his approval. [Variety] Mortimer Wintergreen: Johnny Depp might star in another magical adventure, titled Mortimer Wintergreen. He’s already set to produce, with Susanna White (Nanny McPhee Returns) attached to direct, and British TV writer Jack Thorne has now been hired to script. The title character is a traveling magician who involves a pair of runaway siblings in wild adventures. [The Hollywood Reporter] Chinese Theatre: The famed Chinese...
- Peter Martin
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series is moving forward. Disney has hired Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) to write a screenplay, with Johnny Depp in mind to return as Jack Sparrow. Depp is not officially attached yet, though he has been amenable to the idea, if the script meets his approval. [Variety] Mortimer Wintergreen: Johnny Depp might star in another magical adventure, titled Mortimer Wintergreen. He’s already set to produce, with Susanna White (Nanny McPhee Returns) attached to direct, and British TV writer Jack Thorne has now been hired to script. The title character is a traveling magician who involves a pair of runaway siblings in wild adventures. [The Hollywood Reporter] Chinese Theatre: The famed Chinese...
- Peter Martin
1.) For those of you playing catch up, we've known for a while David O. Russell's next film is a currently untitled crime picture that used to be known as American Bullsh*t. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are already on board, and Louis C.K., who will also appear in Woody Allen's next film (Blue Jasmine) is now the latest to join the cast. The film is based on the true story of a con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who are forced to work with a federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. Columbia Pictures is distributing the tentative late 2013 release, though we again have Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty) to thank as she's fully financing the project. THR 2.) The fifth installment of the Step Up »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Before the intriguing possibilities contained within Johnny Depp and Wally Pfister's collaboration on “Transcendence” come to fruition, there's still the matter of the iconic actor's more traditional roles: namely, that of the eccentric, whimsy-tinged adventurer on which he's plied his trade for quite some time, and now is eyeing a return to in the near future for a director well-versed in the type. Already taking on a producer role alongside his Infinitum Nihl label partner Christi Dembrowski, Depp is looking to possibly play the lead in Warner Bros. family fantasy “Mortimer Wintergreen,” loosely based off the 1987 novel written by Myron Levoy. Playwright and writer Jack Thorne (TV's “Skins,” “Cast Offs”) will pen the film, which follows a brother/sister pair who encounter the titular traveling magician after running away from home, and “Nanny McPhee Returns” director Susanna White is attached to »
- Charlie Schmidlin
A loose adaptation of Myron Levoy's 1987 young-adult novel "The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen," the story is set in the 1890s.
The book followed a brother and sister who run away from their mean aunt and cross paths with a traveling magician with a magical hat. The three find themselves on a series of wild adventures.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Playwright and scribe Jack Thorne, best known for his work on British TV's Skins and co-creating Cast-Offs, will pen Warner Bros.’ magical adventure movie Mortimer Wintergreen. Johnny Depp is producing with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski. John Carls of Wild Things Productions also is producing. Depp might star in the film, subject to script approval and his schedule. Nanny McPhee Returns director Susanna White is attached to direct. The project is loosely based on a 1987 novel written by Myron Levoy titled The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. Set in the 1890s, the Ya book
- Borys Kit
18 items from 2013
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