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Number 9 producer Elizabeth Karlsen is the new chair of the Wftv (UK) board of directors.
Karlsen co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 and her credits include Made In Dagenham, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, Sounds Like Teen Spirit, Great Expectations and Byzantium.
Karlsen said: “I have long been a supporter of Women in Film and Television and am very honoured to be leading the board at this exciting time in the organisation’s history. I’m looking forward to working with the Board and staff to keep expanding opportunities for our members and all women across the industry.”
Wftv CEO Kate Kinninmont added: “We’re all delighted to welcome Liz as our new Chair of the Board. She is one of the UK’s top producers, a truly inspirational and dynamic woman and we are all greatly looking forward to working with her.”
The previous chair was Jana Bennett.
Wftv holds its »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Neil Jordan is the director of some of the finest films in modern history: The Crying Game, Interview With The Vampire, Breakfast on Pluto, for example. Byzantium functions as a loose pseudo-sequel to Vampire with the same level of intensity and sensuality as The Crying Game. It’s not like Jordan’s back or anything, the dude never went away, but it’s more of a return to form after the somewhat disappointing Brave One and Ondine.
- Robert Ottone
There’s No Place Like Home; Macdonald Pulled By Too Many Strings
This polished as his docu-work, Kevin Macdonald’s fourth fiction feature is a little bit of a head-scratcher. As a war film set in the near future, where the enemy is unknown and adolescents must adapt to their war-torn environment without any adults to guide them, it succeeds. As a sweeping star-crossed love story wherein its teenaged heroine is guided by a telepathic passionate connection to her heart’s desire and must find a path back to him, it also succeeds. The key drawback with How I Live Now, however, is that it so desperately yearns to be both, and flails as a result.
Following the blockbuster success of the Twilight franchise, studios ravenously picked up the film rights to every mildly successful dystopian teen novel ranging from the Hunger Games trilogy to the upcoming Divergent series. Last spring, »
- Leora Heilbronn
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he’s been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block’s promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie, (Pain & Gain) trying to bring him down.
Release wide to U.S> theaters in early October, 2013, Runner Runner did poorly poorly at the box office, grossing a lackluster $19 million. The critics »
Gemma Arterton has been magnetic in films from Byzantium to The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, survived the Bond girl thing, is the new Gemma Bovery and she scrubs up better than Alfred Molina in Lego. She'll soon be lending a critical eye to a new generation of acting talent as a judge of 2014's Ee BAFTA Rising Star Award."I’m honoured to be part of this year's Ee Rising Star Award jury," Arterton enthused. "I know industry support and recognition is crucial for success when you are starting out."Arterton joins a panel of film folk that includes Harry Potter casting director Karen Lindsay-Stewart, In Bruges producer Peter Czernin, director Kirk Smith (Nanny McPhee) and our very own Chris Hewitt. Together, they will whittle down the worthy candidates into a shortlist that's announced on January 6 and put to you, the viewing public, to vote on.As a talent-spotting contest goes, »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? This prequel to the Disney-Pixar favorite "Monster's Inc." takes us back in time to when Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) weren't the best of friends. Before the two became big Scarers, they were freshman at Monster's University and quickly became competitive rivals.
Why We're In: Crystal's Mike and Goodman's Sully are undoubtedly one of the funniest and most beloved onscreen animated duos. Unlike most prequels, "Monster's University" is packed with fresh humor, fun and charming moments, and will keep the whole family entertained. The prequel was also ranked one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"La Notte" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic, "La Notte," stars Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni as a deteriorating married couple. The two re-examine their relationship over the course of an evening, »
- Erin Whitney
Chicago – There are a few major comedies on New Releases shelves this week along with some interesting, smaller films and one of the most anticipated TV shows of 2013. What options are new in the world of Blu-ray, DVD, streaming and digital TV providers? Some of the most interesting and most unbearable comeedies of the year hit your home viewing radar. Here’s how to rank them from ha-ha to hateful.
Photo credit: Fox
Paul Feig’s mega-comedy proved that star power can go a long way in overcoming the relative shortcomings of a pretty mediocre script. There’s nothing really special about “The Heat” on paper but when you put the incredibly likable Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy (two of the most popular actresses in the world right now when one considers that both this and their other 2013 films — “Gravity” and “Identity Thief” — broke $100 million domestically) in front of the camera, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Also new this week is "R.I.P.D.," a supernatural comedy starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two cops tasked with managing ghostly activity on Earth, and "Byzantium," Neil Jordan's atmospheric vampire film starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.
Box Office: $267 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh
Storyline: In this prequel to Pixar's animated blockbuster "Monsters, Inc.," we get to see how the pint-sized walking green eyeball Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) met towering furry beast James P. Sullivan, aka Sully (John Goodman), at college. Although the two mismatched monsters don't like each other at first, "Monsters University" shows how these two overcame their differences to become BFFs.
Extras!: "Monsters University" comes in a bare-bones DVD/Blu-ray combo with no extras as well as »
- Robert DeSalvo
It appears that the previously rumoured list of young actresses battling it out for the role of Susan Storm was correct, as its now been revealed that the role will definitely be filled by one of the three lucky ladies. Josh Trank will direct 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise which is currently penciled in for a March 2015 release date.
It has very recently been rumoured that Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) has signed on to play Johnny Storm Aka the human torch (previously played by Chris-Captain America-Evans) in the upcoming film. Now comes word from the same source that either Margot Robbie, Kate Mara or Saoirse Ronan will be landing the role of Sue Storm Aka the invisible woman, previously played by Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.
Personally I’m voting for Saoirse Ronan to win the role, »
- Ben Read
This week is exactly the sort of round-up I would love to be writing every week in terms of the diversity and general quality. We have a lovely mix of the new, the old, the obscure and the cult which means there is something for everyone.
There are even some things this week that I did not have space and time to write about like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film from 1990 on Lovefilm which I have a fondness for that somehow hasn’t dimmed.
Netflix also has come out swinging grabbing the week’s award for most diverse line up of new content. Regardless of its actual quality, Seven Psychopaths is exactly the sort of exclusive that Netflix should be getting on a regular basis over Lovefilm and Now TV. If they can also start adding forgotten older titles weekly like Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and Cropsey as »
- Chris Holt
Five Irish directors invited by Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival to discuss their country’s industry ended up talking about the dominance of the U.S. over the international biz.
The quintet – John Butler (“The Stag”), Lance Daly (“Kisses”), Neil Jordan (“Byzantium”), Brendan Muldowney (“Savages”) and Jim Sheridan (“Brothers”) – mostly agreed that success in the American market has always been a big boost to the local box office.
Sheridan held up Jordan’s 1992 “Crying Game” as a prime example. The film had a hard time finding audiences in Ireland and the U.K., but after Harvey Weinstein promoted it effectively in the U.S., it took root on its home turf.
“It’s a one-town industry,” he added hyperbolically. “If a movie doesn’t go on a U.S. screen, it doesn’t feel like a movie.”
- Peter Caranicas
Review Cameron K McEwan 4 Oct 2013 - 12:30
Director Kevin MacDonald returns to the world of fiction, after his well-received documentary Marley, with an adaptation of a hugely successful young adult novel. How I Live Now, based on the book by Meg Rosoff. It sees the filmmaker combine his documentary style (witnessed in Touching The Void) with his creative cinematic gaze (The Last King of Scotland), whilst it sees some extraordinary performances from an exceptional group of young actors and actresses.
The story finds young American girl Daisy, played by Saoirse Ronan (Byzantium, Hanna), who has been sent to her cousins' home in the beautiful English countryside (though actually filmed in equally beautiful Wales, fact fans). Her real name is actually Elizabeth but chooses to name herself against her given title, in an »
It wasn’t too long ago we sat down with the immensely talented Irish actress Saoirse Ronan to discuss her film Byzantium – but we’re now given the wonderful opportunity of doing it all over again – this time to talk about her latest film, How I Live Now.
Playing Daisy – an American teenager who comes over to Britain to stay with her cousins, only to fall in love with one of them amidst the Third World War, Ronan tells us how she goes about playing an American, while also discussing how much she drew from the original novel when preparing for the role. She also tells us about being of an age now where she is naturally progressing towards romantic flicks, and her own opinions on the amount of strong female lead roles there are for women at present.
How I Live Now is released on October 4, and you can read our review here. »
- Stefan Pape
Irish actor says she has auditioned for a role in Jj Abrams' re-boot of the sci-fi space odyssey, but 'so has everyone else'
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Ronan, 19, has been at the centre of speculation that she will portray the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia in Episode VII, which is being overseen by Star Trek's Jj Abrams. It is the first in a new trilogy of films being made by Disney after the studio bought all rights to the long-running space saga through its $4.05bn purchase of LucasFilm in October last year.
Ronan said she had auditioned in an interview with Sky Arts, but added: "so has everyone". She said producers would "chop off her head with a lightsaber" if she revealed anything further. »
- Ben Child
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Clara (Arterton) and her daughter Eleanor (Ronan) have been sating their need for blood for 200 years. Sensitive Eleanor relies on the elderly to survive, but Clara is far less compassionate, working as a prostitute and bringing a violent end to those who would take advantage of women. When the trail of bloodless corpses left in their wake forces them to flee to a coastal town, Clara sees an opportunity to set up a brothel in an old resort and provide for her daughter. But Eleanor, unwilling to continue living on the run, yearns to tell her story of life in the past, not anticipating the grave consequences doing so may have. »
Saoirse Ronan confirmed a report from earlier this month that she has auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, adding that practically every actor in town is auditioning for this highly-anticipated sequel.
"So has everyone..."
The report from a few weeks ago indicated that she may have read for the female villain in director J.J. Abrams' sci-fi adventure. However, she wouldn't comment on what character she read for, saying that if she revealed any further information, the bosses would...
"Chop off [my] head with a lightsaber..."
The actress turned down the coveted role of Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon's superhero sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it was speculated that she passed on the project for a shot at Star Wars: Episode VII.
After its limited theatrical engagement in June, it has been announced that we’ll see a Byzantium Blu-ray / DVD release later this month. We have a look at the official cover art, along with details on bonus features:
“Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels.Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel.
Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. »
- Jonathan James
A few weeks ago, we reported that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, best known for breakout roles in Atonement and The Lovely Bones, was rumoured to have auditioned for a pivotal lead role in J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars sequel. While it’s not yet confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm – or even if she landed the role – Ronan has now announced that she has indeed read for a part in the as-yet-untitled Episode VII.
The 19-year-old Irish actress, whose last big-screen outing was in Neil Jordan’s vampire yarn Byzantium and will next be seen in apocalyptic indie drama How I Live Now, admitted the rumours were true but added, “so has everyone”. Unfortunately, when asked to divulge any more, the Oscar-nominee replied that Disney and Lucasfilm would ”chop off her head with a light-sabre”.
- Craig Hunter
Gemma Arterton is at that stage when an actor thinks hard about what they want their career to really be about. Perhaps that’s why she found playing a conflicted woman in the exotic gambling thriller Runner Runner so intriguing.
“It’s this very sort of bling world: Lots of money, lots of drugs, lots of all of that stuff,” Arterton says of the lavish Costa Rican lifestyle her character, Rebecca Shafran, lives. “She’s kind of deep into it, and she ends up going behind people’s backs. There’s a lot of lying, a lot of deceit. You’ll see if she ends up having to do the right thing.”
It’s a femme fatale role that fits with the sort of hard-edged parts the 27-year-old English actor has tackled recently — fetishized vampire in Byzantium, leather-clad fairy tale ass-kicker in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
The historical drama was cancelled by Showtime in June this year and a planned two-hour finale was scrapped, being released only as an e-book script.
"It would have been great to finish it," Jordan told Digital Spy.
"It's kind of tragic to not be able to finish the whole story. I kind of got a sense that a new regime came into Showtime. They were kind of moving on, there's not much I can do about it in the end.
"There was a huge campaign and people wanted me to get involved in a Kickstarter campaign. The problem was that the finale I wanted to shoot was going to cost about $15 million and Kickstarter financing doesn't reach that far does it, as far as I know."
Asked if programmes like Kickstarter »
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