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An enlightening portrait of 12 adults from across the autistic spectrum that sheds some much needed light on a subculture that could do with some demystifying. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States, but while autism is something that families and schools and pediatricians are dealing with at ever increasing rates, there isn’t much awareness of neuro-atypicalness in pop culture. Rain Man — now more than a quarter of a century old — is probably still the film that first comes to mind for “autism in pop culture,” though there have been a few recent films with protagonists whom we might suspect are on the autism spectrum, though it’s never mentioned: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, for two.
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Stephen Garrett, Shine Pictures executive chairman and chairman of Shine's Kudos Film and TV, is leaving the company to look for other opportunities in scripted drama. Garrett, along with Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone, turned the indie British shingle into one of the U.K.'s hit-making TV powerhouses, boasting BBC series including Life on Mars, Hustle and Spooks on his production resume. Kudos also boasts a slew of movie productions made under Garrett’s watch as executive chairman of Shine Pictures, including David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, scripted by Stephen Knight, and Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and
- Stuart Kemp
Veteran TV exec Stephen Garrett is leaving the Shine Group later this year. He is currently Chairman of Kudos, one of the UK’s leading indies, which he co-founded two decades ago and which was acquired by Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine in 2007. The company’s recent credits include Broadchurch, The Hour and Vicious. Garrett is also leaving his post as Executive Chairman of Shine Pictures. Under his stewardship, that feature division has made such titles as Eastern Promises, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Upcoming projects, including the Gregory Burke-penned Blowback, will be led by Shine Pictures’ Head of Film Ollie Madden. Together, Shine Pictures and Kudos are currently co-producing feature Spooks: The Greater Good which Garrett is producing with Madden and Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone. In a statement, Garrett praised his colleagues and noted, “I’m excited by the blurring of boundaries and the fusion of forms. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Kudos co-founder and Shine Pictures executive chairman to step down after more than 20 years to “reinvent” himself.
Stephen Garrett, Shine Pictures executive chairman and chairman of Kudos Film and TV, is to leave the company later this year to pursue other opportunities in the scripted drama space.
With Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone, Garrett was responsible for building one of the UK’s most successful and respected independents, responsible for hit BBC series including Life on Mars, Hustle and Spooks.
Film productions under Garrett’s stewardship as executive chairman of Shine Pictures have included Eastern Promises and Salmon Fishing in The Yemen.
Shine Pictures and Kudos are currently co-producing feature spin-off Spooks: The Greater Good staring Peter Firth and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones). Garrett continues as producer on the upcoming project alongside Madden and Featherstone. The film is due for release in 2015.
These and future projects will be led solely at Shine Pictures by head of film »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Garrett became chairman of Kudos in 2011, nearly 20 years after he co-founded the company. With Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone, he was responsible for building one of the U.K.’s most successful independent production companies. Kudos has produced many hit shows, including “Life on Mars,” “Hustle” and “Spooks,” which is known as “Mi-5″ in the U.S.
Productions under Garrett’s stewardship as executive chairman, Shine Pictures, have included “Eastern Promises,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and “Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day.” Recently announced projects include crime thriller “Blowback,” from author Gregory Burke, and the adaptation of bestseller “The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith, in association with BBC Films.
These and future projects will be led solely at Shine Pictures by head of film, Ollie Madden, »
- Leo Barraclough
To celebrate the release of A Long Way Down (in cinemas 21st March) Hey U Guys are giving three lucky readers the chance to win the perfect night in with friends package including a bottle of champagne, chocolates as well as a DVD bundle and copy of the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby.
In A Long Way Down Four lost souls – a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso – decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve.
When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.
With an all-star cast including Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia! »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the book by Claire Tomlin, the biography drama looks at when Dickens was at the height of his career and met Nelly (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy), a younger woman who became his secret muse and mistress.
The Invisible Woman scored applause from critics, with Seattle Times‘ Moira MacDonald saying, “It’s wonderfully cast… and beautifully designed, a quiet pleasure.” The movie was only in a limited release in theaters, but earned a tidy $1.2 million.
The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack offers the biggest audience. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, who also wrote the screenplay, the drama movie tells the story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, including Roberts, Julianne Nicholson (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) and Juliette Lewis (Conviction). Their lives have diverged, but a family crisis brings them back together to the house where they grew up and to the woman (Streep) who raised them.
Though director Lasse Hallstrom has struggled to find decent work outside of melodrama over the past few years, maybe working with an Oscar-nominated write can up his game. Hallstrom has been behind the camera for sappy films like Dear John, Safe Haven and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, but Deadline reports he will next team up with Craig Borten, fresh off his Oscar nomination for scripting last year's Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey. What are they working on? Well, they will adapt Ron Chernow's biographical book Titan: The Life Of John D. Rockefeller for Relativity Media. Read on! The man whose name has become synonymous with wealth, the shrewd businessman made his riches in Standard Oil, but was pursued by the likes of Teddy Roosevelt for his business practices for 30 years from the 1870s to late 1890s. In his book, Chernow describes Rockefeller, "What makes him problematic—and why »
- Ethan Anderton
Relativity Media just acquired the film rights to Ron Chernow's book "Titan: The Life of John D Rockefeller" and has hired director Lasse Hallstrom (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, What's Eating Gilbert Grape) to tell the story of America's first billionaire. Rockefeller was ruthless in building his company Standard Oil and spent thirty years dodging investigations into his business tactics until Teddy Roosevelt took him on. Rockefeller also turned into a philanthropist who gave away most of his fortune. The script will be written by Craig Borten, who was just nominated for an Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club." Borten says that there are plenty of similarities between "Dallas Buyers Club" protagonist Ron Woodruff and Rockefeller. "Each saw capitalism as a way to divide and conquer and accumulate but ultimately became most memorable for giving back," he explained. »
Relativity Media is putting together a biopic of entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller, and the studio has enlisted The Cider House Rules and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape director Lasse Hallstrom to take the helm. Deadline reports that Hallstrom is attached to direct an adaptation of Ron Chernow’s book Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller with Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club scribe Craig Borten penning the screenplay. As the world's first billionaire, Rockefeller is certainly one of most fascinating giants of the 19th and 20th centuries. He founded Standard Oil in 1870 and, as oil became an important resource, saw his fortune rise substantially until Standard Oil gained nearly complete control of the market. Rockefeller was also a philanthropist, giving away much of his wealth throughout his lifetime. Hit the jump for more, including a synopsis of the book. Hallstrom most recently wrapped the light drama The Hundred-Foot Journey with Helen Mirren »
- Adam Chitwood
Kristin Scott Thomas, one of film's most acclaimed and prolific actresses, says that she's essentially retiring from screen acting after three decades and sixty five films.
In a lengthy interview with The Guardian, the 53-year-old actress says this decision came about suddenly in September: "I just suddenly thought, I cannot cope with another film. 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."
She goes on to say: "The kinds of films that I do are usually quite rapidly put together, and it always seems to be a little bit of a shambles. I like filming, but what I don't like is having to rearrange things and rewrite scenes. I just can't be bothered. I'm often asked to do something because I'm going to »
- Garth Franklin
Those musically-talented Goldfrapp lot have announce details of a very special cinema event – a worldwide screening of the stunning film Tales Of Us followed immediately by an exclusive live performance transmitted into cinemas from the legendary Air Studios in London. This is described as a ‘must-see’ experience and is being helped out by the Arts Alliance Media across the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand on the evening of 4th March 2014.
To register your interest and for more information please visit: www.goldfrapp.com/film and the official Facebook and Twitter #TalesOfUsFilm channels.
Inspired by Goldfrapp’s latest album, Tales Of Us, the film is a 30-minute journey through five of the individual stories featured on the album. Stranger, Laurel, Jo, Drew and Annabel interconnect subtly, sharing themes of love, loss, madness and identity, taking the viewer on a unique musical journey. Cinema audiences will see the Tales Of Us »
- Dan Bullock
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »
- Brad Brevet
"Ichabod is the hardest part I've played," Tom Mison, star of the freshman fantasy-drama "Sleepy Hollow," airing Mondays on Fox, tells Zap2it. "There's so much that we need to balance with him. To slightly veer in any one direction a little too much, and it will collapse."
"Sleepy Hollow" can be described as a combination of author Washington Irving (in particular, his stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"), the film "National Treasure" and the biblical book of Revelation.
Mison's Ichabod Crane was a spy for Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War, when he beheaded the Hessian Horseman and apparently perished. But, he survived and slumbered underground for over two centuries, only to emerge in present-day Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
16 items from 2014
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