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“Audiences will have their sense of humanity refreshed.”
Critics are already cheering the film. “Breakout British hit is a warm, witty triumph,” says Digital Spy.
The Hollywood News writes, “Pride really is a thing of beauty.”
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.
It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
The actor on why he believes he cant act, loving art, feeling lucky, and the medical condition he has just discovered
About five years ago, Paddy Considine started to ask himself a question: why wasnt he a very good actor? This enquiry led to a series of related concerns: why was he decent in some films, such as Dead Mans Shoes, but so appalling in others? Why was he able to vividly portray an angry confrontation, but incapable, for example, of convincingly picking up a phone and calling a taxi?
These insecurities will be surprising to nearly everyone who has seen the 40-year-old Considines work. Dead Mans Shoes, the eviscerating 2004 revenge drama that he co-wrote, may still be his calling card, but he long ago proved his versatility with comic performances in Edgar Wright and Simon Peggs Hot Fuzz and The Worlds End, and, respectively, understated and then wildly overstated »
- Tim Lewis
Amazon keeps accelerating the pace and output of its "pilot season" process. The original batch of Amazon pilots were presented to the public in April of last year; of those, only "Alpha House" (which got renewed for a second season) and "Betas" (which remains in limbo) got picked up. The second batch of pilots were unveiled less than a year later, and Amazon ordered almost all of them — other than "Rebels," the pro football comedy that no one seemed to like — to series. That was in February, and while none of those new shows has debuted — "Transparent," the best of the bunch, will premiere all of its episodes, Netflix-style, on September 26 — Amazon yesterday unveiled its third pilot season, even as there's already news about casting for the fourth wave of Amazon pilots. At this rate, they may be ordering some shows before a word's even been written, and traveling back »
- Alan Sepinwall
Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.
The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the »
Wondering what to watch this Labor Day weekend? You might want to fire up your Amazon account and check out the five new pilots the online behemoth is rolling out. Unlike their competitors at other streaming services, the company is taking a unique approach to programming. Today they're launching the new shows, but the catch is that user comments and ratings will determine which ones get ordered to series...and which don't. Among the competing shows is "Red Oaks," from director David Gordon Green. Starring Craig Roberts ("Submarine"), Paul Reiser and Richard Kind, the show is an '80s set comedy that follows a college age kid working at a country club during the summer. The first clip and a behind-the-scenes look promises what looks like an enjoyably sharp show, and fyi, Steven Soderbergh executive produced the pilot. "Red Oaks" is now playing on Amazon. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.
The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.
That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Inspired by a true story and in the vein of Full Monthy and Billy Elliot, Pride follows two very different communities who found strength by standing together.
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
The French New Wave, that cinematic movement from the 1960s that essentially defined iconoclasm for film, has undoubtedly had its impact on nearly everything, from film to music to style. And given its indelible impact on cultural history, it’s one of the easiest artistic movements to pull from, as demonstrated from three key music videos inspired by, ripped off from, and celebrating the auteurs from Godard to Truffaut.
There’s a bit of irony and wordplay going on here. First, the band’s name is Nouvelle Vague, nodding to both the French New Wave and the New Wave in music during the 1980s. Then there’s the name of the album that the French cover band chose to use: Bande à Part, from the Jean-Luc Godard film of the same name. Then there’s the actual music video. Rather than go about “creating” a music video for their single, »
- Kyle Turner
Director: Richard Ayoade
Running Time: 89 minutes
Extras: Making Of, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, Trailers
Comical darling Richard Ayode returns with his second film as director. Those familiar with the man’s television work and appearances, rather than his directorial debut Submarine, will probably be surprised at how Ayoade has split his career. Gone is the hilarity and bonkers humour or his awkward performances and in its place is a darker more satirical tone. The Double comes across as an artist intent on hammering home his artistic sensibilities without ever coming across as misguided or self-indulgent.
Eisenberg takes on dual roles as both a lowly office worker and his successful and confident doppelganger. Interestingly enough, it is only Eisenberg’s Simon who realises the similarity at first. This is never played for hearty laughs, nor is much of the film, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
You know the hair. The glasses. The voice. The sheer talent. Richard Ayoade spoke to HeyUGuys about The Double, which is out now on DVD and Blu Ray. Other subjects included The It Crowd, a new book, Ingmar Bergman, and trying not to bore audiences.
I’d like to start by going back a little bit to your first feature, which was obviously Submarine. I think for many people, they didn’t realise that a comedy actor was also going to be a great director. So I was wondering, did you feel that was a liberating experience?
Erm, I don’t know. I’d directed TV before – I directed a show called Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and music videos and things, so the main thing at the time [was I] felt the writing of something that was much longer than anything I’d done, and the structure of doing a film that has ninety minutes to it. »
- Gary Green
Jesse Eisenberg (times two) and Mia Wasikowska star in writer/director Richard Ayoade's Submarine follow-up The Double (2013), a stylish adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella about a man who goes insane after the appearance of his doppelgänger. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the British actor and director's sophomore feature this coming Monday (4 August), we have Three DVD copies of Ayoade's The Double to give away to our regular readership, kindly donated by the hardworking team at the film's distributor StudioCanal UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
The first two series of Skins, This Is England '86 and '88, and The Fades are all the recommendation anyone should need to watch a new Jack Thorne-written drama, never mind that Glue, Thorne's new eight-part series coming to E4 this September, is looking pretty special in its own right.
Inspired by Thorne's childhood fascination with countryside life around Newbury stables, Glue depicts a rural world little seen on television, one far from cosy period caricatures and full of "ambition, hope, darkness and anarchy".
A teen murder mystery set in a tiny village in the English countryside, Glue tells a story of adolescence, sex, violence and secrets, starring a promising cast including Submarine's Yasmin Paige, Starred Up's Tommy McDonnell, Harry Potter's Jessica Cave, Line Of Duty's Charlotte Spencer, »
A tale of "ambition, hope, darkness and anarchy", it looks like it could fill a Skins-shaped hole in the E4 schedules. And now the first trailer has arrived - check it out below:
Soundtracked by Warpaint's 'Love Is To Die', the stunning trailer suggests that this crime drama is worth getting excited about.
Channel 4's description of the series reads: "Overton. A tiny village in the English countryside. Farming is its bread-and-butter. Race-horses are its beating heart. But beyond the rolling hills and behind the stable doors lies a green and not-so-pleasant land...
"What makes it unpleasant? Maybe it's the teenagers who think it's funny to play chicken on top of silo machines that can cut your hand to slices no thicker than a piece of ham. Or maybe it's the group of »
Something I didn’t realise was happening is that Netflix UK and Ireland actually has a blog and what they have been doing on the rare update is providing information on which ISP’s are actually providing the fastest service. For the last couple of months the top two have always been Virgin and BT with BT coming out on top. Surprisingly though this month it’s switched around and Virgin is on top, considering the negative feedback I always hear about them this is very interesting.
If you google ‘Netflix News’ then you can usually find this blog and check the updates because otherwise it’s not the easiest thing to find via the site. It’s not only a good way of checking that you will get a reliable service if you are just starting out but a good way of seeing whether or not it is worth »
- Chris Holt
★★★☆☆British actor and director Richard Ayoade follows up his sublime black comedy Submarine (2010) with intense and brooding sophomore feature The Double (2013), an adaptation of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1846 novella of the same name. Jesse Eisenberg (soon to take the mantle of Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice) stars as Simon James, a meek and apprehensive employee at a bizarre bureaucratic industrial office. He goes to work every day, boxed into a characterless cubicle. The office security guard reacts to poor Simon with great hostility, refusing to recognise him and requiring his ID, even though he has been an employee there for seven years.
- CineVue UK
After rightly drawing critical approval for his debut feature - an invigorating adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's novel Submarine, British comic-cum-filmmaker Richard Ayoade returns with second feature The Double (2013), taking as its source Fyodor Dostoyevsky's dark, pre-Kafka novella but repositioning its nineteenth-century action to a more updated, if not wholly identifiable, moment and place in time. In it Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon James, a withdrawn office cog whose incessant self-doubt dictates a life spent at the mercy of his oppressive surroundings - a faceless, disregarding work environment matched by a suicide-heavy apartment complex - and renders him incapable of vocalising his affection for copygirl Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).
- CineVue UK
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Noah Taylor, Chris O’Dowd, Wallace Shawn, James Fox, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Cathy Moriarty | Written by Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine | Directed by Richard Ayoade
When Richard Ayoade directed Submarine he gave us this slightly quirky tale of teen love, it was all a little fluffy and silly but very good. Moving onto The Double if you saw the trailer you could already see that it was something very different. Taking Jesse ‘soon to be Lex Luthor’ Eisenberg and giving him a nightmarish doppelgänger we are invited into a world where being nobody can get you replaced.
Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is nobody, he goes around the world unnoticed, ignored at work and not even noticed by the women of his dreams. When a new worker James Simon arrives James is the only one to notice that he is an exact replica of himself. As »
- Paul Metcalf
Thn and Studiocanal are delighted to not only announce that Richard Ayoade’s The Double will be available on Est from 28th July, and on DVD, Blu-Ray & VOD from 4th August 2014 but also to share this exclusive ‘making of’ clip to share with you.
Director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) latest feature is an idiosyncratic adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s celebrated novella. Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.
- Dan Bullock
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