Meryl Streep has signed on to play famed suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst alongside Carey Mulligan (Shame), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Romola Garai (Amazing Grace), Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless), Natalie Press (Ill Manors), Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) and Brandan Gleeson (In Bruges) in Suffragette.
The film will chart the early activists for womens’ liberation and their run-ins with the government and will reunite Streep with The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, while Sarah Gavron (Village at the End of the World) is set to direct.
- Gary Collinson
The story is adapted from John Steinbeck's 1952 novel, which is set in Salinas Valley, California, just before World War I. The book follows two families over the course of two generations, focusing on a father, his two sons, and their mother, who was thought to be dead. The story is essentially a loose re-telling of the Cain and Abel Biblical story, with Jennifer Lawrence set to play the mother, Cathy Ames. The book was previously adapted by filmmaker Elia Kazan into the 1955 movie East of Eden, which served as the feature film debut of James Dean.
The project has been in development at Universal since 2004, after the book surged in popularity when Oprah Winfrey made it the first title of her book club. »
Downton Abbey's fourth season ends with the Crawleys helping rescue the reputation of Prince Edward, the then-Prince of Wales and son of King George V. The heir's good name is put at risk after the sneaky Mr. Sampson (Patrick Kennedy) steals a letter the prince wrote to his mistress, Freda Dudley Ward (Janet Montgomery). While the love-letter storyline was pure fiction, Edward and Freda's relationship is based on the young royal's scandalous real-life romance with the married socialite, which would eventually repeat itself when he got famously entangled with Wallis Simpson. Source: ITV The Real Freda Freda is often called Prince Edward's "first love," and the two carried on a long affair. The pair reportedly met in a doorway in the tiny Mayfair neighborhood of London while seeking shelter from a Wwi air raid in 1918. At the time, Freda was 23 and a mother to two daughters and had »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
On Friday, Feb. 14, the Academy sent out its ballots for Oscar voting. And while they're not due until the 25, it looks like the race was all but decided by Sunday the 16th. That was the day of the British Academy Awards, known as the BAFTAs, which all but confirmed the frontrunner status of the leading contenders -- that is, when they had any relevance at all to the race on this side of the pond.
Like so many other awards-giving organizations and seasonal pundits, the BAFTAs split the difference between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity." "12 Years" won Best Picture, while "Gravity" (made with British money) was named Best British Film. (This, even though it features a Mexican director and American stars, while "12 Years" has a British director and actors.) Also, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director over "12 Years" filmmaker Steve McQueen, a result likely to be repeated March 2 at the Oscars. »
- Gary Susman
Admittedly, Oscar season never felt half as long when it wasn't part of my profession to cover it -- and to think there was a time when the Motion Picture Sound Editors' awards would simply pass right by me -- but it's increasingly hard to believe we once put up with it all the way until late March (or even early April, in some extreme years). The internet has doubtless egged on the speedier expenditure of Oscar-related conversation, exhausting relevant points of argument from as early as September. Now, nearly six months after "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" were unveiled within days of each other to equal but differing flavors of acclaim -- only the latter inspiring immediate, instructive "call off the Best Picture" race proclamations, not necessarily to its benefit -- that conversation has essentially circled back to those two films, still standing sturdy of the the frontrunners and totem titles of the season. »
- Guy Lodge
1. Oscar-Winners in iTunes: There's a sale on Oscar-winning performances going on in the iTunes store right now. For $9.99, you can download in HD a selection of films which earned their stars Academy Awards, including "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech," "There Will Be Blood," as well as older films such as "Network" and "Casablanca." Check it out here. 2. BitTorrent for Android Apps: BitTorrent has introduced new versions of their Android apps, Torrent App and µTorrent. With new sleeker interfaces, the apps let you grab only the files you want from a torrent and specify where the files will go on your device. A new µTorrent desktop software integrates BitTorrent Bundles, so you can unlock content from within the app. Read all about the news from BitTorrent in the company's blog post here and grab the new mobile app here. 3. Netflix: Netflix earned a customer-satisfaction score of 79 (out of 100) on the »
- Paula Bernstein
Kate Middleton and the Queen welcomed some major movie stars to Buckingham Palace on Monday evening (February 17), including Helen Mirren, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and new Downton Abbey star Richard E Grant.
Helen Mirren accepted the BAFTA Fellowship at the 67th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night.
The Queen actress said last week that she feels "attached to [Elizabeth I] in some invisible way".
Princess Kate was back alongside Queen Elizabeth at the palace Monday - and back in an Alexander McQueen dress she originally wore at a special occasion to mark her royal majesty's 60 years on the throne in 2012. Kate, 32, was helping the Queen host a reception for British actors and actresses at Buckingham Palace. A day after Prince William presented Helen Mirren with a fellowship at the BAFTAs, Kate attended Monday's event, which marked the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution that the dramatic arts make to national life. The evening was given extra »
- Simon Perry
On the eve of the BAFTA Awards, Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") seemed doomed at the Oscars. Twenty-five of our 26 pundits pegged Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave") to nab the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but now – wow – Lawrence just pulled off a spectacular upset in the same category at Britain's Oscars.. What does that mean for the Oscar race? Over the past 10 years, every Academy Award winner who was also nominated at BAFTA won on Oscar night. Overlap: that's 8 victors. The two exceptions: Helena Bonham Carter ("The King's Speech") won BAFTA in 2010 when Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") wasn't on the list and Thandie Newton ("Crash") prevailed in 2005 when Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardner") wasn't in the category (she was nominated in lead). Related: 'Gravity' wins 6 BAFTAs, '12 Years a Slave' takes 2 But, wait »
The BAFTAs have foreseen seven of the 12 Best Picture Oscar winners -- Gladiator" (2000), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011) and "Argo" (2012) -- since these kudos were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting. 'Gravity' wins six BAFTAs, '12 Years a Slave' just two including Best Picture Among the other major categories, it has enjoyed varied success as a precursor prize to the Oscars as detailed below: Best Director: 8/12 Best Actor: 7/13, including last three in a row Best Actress: 8/12 Best Supporting Actor: 7/12, including last two in a row Best Supporting Actress: 10/12, including last two in a row Best Original Screenplay: 8/12, including last year Best Adapted Screenplay: 6/12 -Ins »
So much of the fall and winter awards season revolves around studios lobbying hard for their films: special screenings and Q&As, trade ads, parties with the stars, and so on. Gold Derby estimates that the average Oscar campaign costs between $3 million and $10 million per film -- a bit less for those contenders that don't advance beyond the nomination phase. In total, Hollywood spends between $70 million to $100 million to win gold-plated statuettes that cost only $400 to manufacture, but, hey, they're worth it. "The King's Speech" earned more than $400 million worldwide. How much would it have bagged without that Best Picture win? Two farthings? The reason campaigning works isn't because voters are bought into thinking your movie is good – well, unless they're the Hollywood Foreign Press. Rather, they're bought into believing they need to watch your movie before voting. That's why this year's top eig »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be honoring the best in film for 2013 at the Academy Awards next month. In addition to the performance, writing, design and tech awards handed out, an award is given each year to a director who has crafted an exemplary film. In honor of this, Indiewire has compiled a list of films streaming online that boast a director who has won a Best Director Oscar. Here's the list of the 33 films streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HitBliss: "The Artist" (2011) - Michel Hazanavicius "The King's Speech" (2010) - Tom Hooper "The Hurt Locker" (2009) - Kathryn Bigelow "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) - Danny Boyle "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - Joel and Ethan Coen "The Departed" (2006) - Martin Scorsese "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) - Ang Lee "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) - Peter Jackson "The Pianist" (2002) - Roman Polanski "A Beautiful Mind »
- Eric Eidelstein
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
The BAFTA Awards -- as decided upon by the the nearly 6,500 members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts -- take place on Sunday, two days after voting begins for the Oscars. Gladiator" (2000), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011) and "Argo" (2012). Last year, "Argo" won only three of its seven BAFTA races, but they were big ones: Picture, Director (Ben Affleck) and Editing. While Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, his film won Best Picture there as well as the editing and adapted screenplay prizes ("Silver Linings Playbook" had claimed the latter at »
From stories about Somali pirates to tales of morally corrupt Wall Street stockbrokers, it feels like this award season is chock-full of true (or, at the very least, inspired-by-true) stories. Looking at Hollywood's history of handing out trophies, it's easy to see why real-life tales are popping up more on the big screen - two of the past three winners for best picture at the Oscars have been inspired by real people (2010's champion, The King's Speech, and this year's big winner, Argo, were both dramatic retellings of real 21st-century events). This year, there are at least seven award season contenders that were at least partly based on real life. Keep reading to see our guide to the real - and not-so-real - sides of this year's biggest movies. Source: Paramount Pictures View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Super Bowl Xlviii is almost upon us and as America waits to see whether the Seahawks or the Broncos will emerge victorious, the TV audience also eagerly anticipates the festival of advertising that will accompany it.
A number of brands have tried to get ahead of the game – in every sense – by posting their new work online, and our offers a preview of some of the most notable commercials.
Budweiser: 'Puppy Love'
If you had to sum up Super Bowl Xlviii's commercials in a single word, you wouldn't be too far off if you chose the word "puppies" and this ad for Budweiser is already a front-runner to emerge as this year's favourite. Skilfully directed by Ridley Scott's son Jake, it's an unashamedly emotional tale that'll have football fans crying into their beer. »
- Jason Stone
Jaguar released a Super Bowl ad highlighting Rp-accented bad guys, but really the British are now seen as quite cuddly
I don't know about you but, when it comes to sociopaths, I like mine with an Oxbridge education. Ideally they should also possess the sort of clipped tones that make vulgarities sound like Virgil and the sort of wardrobe that dresses up deviousness as a gentleman's sport. Oh, and it helps if they drive a Jag.
Obviously, I jest. Disappointing as it is to admit, I can't say I have given the brand-savvy baddy's preferred make of automobile much thought. However, the same clearly isn't true of Jaguar's marketing department. This week the luxury car manufacturer released its first-ever Super Bowl ad, a 60-second spot entitled British Villains. Directed by Tom Hooper of The King's Speech fame, the ad explores why Hollywood bad guys are often played by Brits. From »
- Arwa Mahdawi
• Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – review
• The Wolf of Wall Street: why is it so hard to get a ticket?
The £11m Oscars club
In the battle for UK audiences, it's honours even between best picture Oscar nominees The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, which have all achieved totals so far between £10.9m and £11.2m (see chart below). Respective distributors Universal, Entertainment Films and eOne all have reason to be proud of the results.
The previous best result for a team-up between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio – or any Scorsese film at all, for that matter – was The Departed, which reached £12.86m over its lifetime. The Wolf of Wall Street will easily cruise past that tally this week. With £10.9m after just 10 days, »
- Charles Gant
Film festivals track world premieres religiously. They want to boast of them when box office glory and Oscars come around. So last fall it did not go over well when the Telluride Film Festival debuted--under the radar, as is their wont--Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," and Canadian Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," which were all breaking opening weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the past few years, more and more media and fest-watchers have gotten the jump on September's smorgasbord of offerings at Tiff over the Labor Day Weekend in Telluride, Colorado, where they discovered eventual Oscar-winners "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Argo"--before Toronto could claim them as its own. As artistic director Cameron Bailey told me last fall, for Toronto 2014 (September 4 through September 14) the festival has decided to clamp down on the rules for its opening four days. "All films playing in the first four »
- Anne Thompson
"Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits?" If we didn't before, we sure do now. Ben Kingsley poses this question in the first five seconds of a 1-minute ad, "Rendezvous," for the Jaguar F-type coupe to launch Jaguar North America's largest-ever brand and product marketing campaign, called “British Villains." It's Jaguar's first Super Bowl TV advertisement. And the kick-off ad went all out. "Rendezvous" was filmed in London and directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," "Les Miserables") with a score by Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech," "Argo," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and over 100 more). And the three stars make quite a case for British Villains to reign forever. Mark Strong ("Sherlock Holmes") says "Maybe we just sound right." Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers") instructs "A stiff upper lip is key." And Kingsley ("Ender's Game," "Iron Man 3") concludes "It's good to be bad. »
- Taylor Lindsay
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