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London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is making a renewed push into Asia with a series of events in Hong Kong, and the setting up of an advisory board to oversee its charitable work in the continent.
BAFTA’s Hong Kong events kick off on Dec. 1 with a screening of BAFTA Shorts 2013, a selection of BAFTA-nominated short films and animations from the film awards earlier this year, at Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s music and arts festival.
The first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board takes place on Dec. 2, and then on Dec. 3 actor Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables,” “My Week With Marilyn”) will take part in the Academy Circle event, hosted by Hong Kong actress and presenter Lisa S at The Peninsula Hong Kong, for local supporters of BAFTA’s charitable activities in Asia.
On Dec. 4, Redmayne will take part in an acting masterclass with »
- Leo Barraclough
Includes screening, talk and masterclass with Les Mis actor Eddie Redmayne in a bid to develop UK-Asia cultural exchange.
BAFTA has announced its first series of events in Hong Kong and established an advisory board with leading industry figures from Hong Kong and the UK as it looks to expand its activity abroad.
The events kick off on Sunday (Dec 1) with a screening of BAFTA Shorts 2013, a selection of BAFTA-nominated short films and animations from the Film Awards earlier this year, at the Clockenflap Festival.
The first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board takes place on Monday (Dec 2).
On Tuesday (Dec 3), Les Miserables actor Eddie Redmayne will participate in an intimate ‘Academy Circle’ event, hosted by Hong Kong actress and presenter Lisa S, at The Peninsula Hong Kong for local supporters of BAFTA’s mission in Asia.
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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious Sf of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
post-turkey Thanksgiving treats
Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video] The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pieces of April: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Oscar season is always a time for moviegoer euphoria and repugnance. Yes, we get to see a bunch of fab movies, but we’re also aware of which films will end up getting more (and perhaps undeserved) Academy attention thanks to star power and studio campaigning. For every warranted triumph like 12 Years a Slave, there are underdog crowd-pleasers like Enough Said, Philomena, and my pick for the true underrated gem of the year, Kill Your Darlings.
With a charming Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg during his days at Columbia, the film explores the beginnings of the Beat movement with Ginsberg’s pals Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and a defiant beaut named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who murders longtime acquaintance David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) under mysterious circumstances. The movie is as much a bildungsroman of Ginsberg as it is a pulpy caper, and »
- Louis Virtel
The Palm Springs Film Festival calls it the Desert Palm Achievement Award -- but that's really just code for Star Sure To Get An Oscar Nomination Award. Every year, they tap an actor and an actress hot on the awards trail for the honor: recent recipients include Naomi Watts for "The Impossible," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn" and Brad Pitt for "Moneyball." (In 2010, they neatly foreshadowed the eventual Oscar champs, picking Colin Firth and Natalie Portman. Indeed, of the last 10 recipients, the only one who failed to secure an Oscar nod »
- Guy Lodge
Sandra Bullock's success in Gravity proved that actresses over 40 years old still have what it takes to lead movies, breaking down the Hollywood myth that once an actress turns 40 (or sometimes even 30), she's regulated to supporting or background roles.
Bullock's starring role in Gravity has propelled the film to the number one spot in the Us box office three weekends in a row - and it will have another chance in reining the box office as it opens to UK theaters today (November 7).
Of course, Bullock isn't the only actress over the age of 40 who is carrying a movie before the year ends. Here are a host of leading ladies poised for big things in the remaining weeks of 2013.
Well, fiddle-dee-dee: Today is Vivien Leigh‘s 100th birthday, and if that doesn’t make you arch your meticulously crafted brow and seek out the kindness of strangers, we have nothing in common. Leigh is not only one of the most spellbinding and striking movie stars we’ve ever had, but her legendary commitment to character shined in both Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, two films that earned the Academy Award for Best Actress. In the age of biopics like My Week With Marilyn and the upcoming Grace of Monaco, one must wonder why we don’t crave more historical re-inspection of Leigh, once billed as “the outstanding actress of her generation.” (That said: I thought Julia Ormand did a wonderful job in a bit role as Leigh in the aformentioned Marilyn film.)
To celebrate the centennial of Leigh’s birth in British India, here are »
- Louis Virtel
The Dish On Di: Hirschbiegel’s Dissection of Princess’ Last Two Years a Trifling Affair
Whether ambivalent or not about Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Princess Di biopic, Diana, which focuses on the last two years of her life leading up to her tragic death, the film’s legacy amounts to little more than a missed opportunity, a judgment that seems to be agreed upon in even the kindest of critical circles. Hirschbiegel, a German director whose best two titles are now at least a decade old, forges onward in a procession of underwhelming English language vehicles and his latest is unlikely to win him any new fans, though it’s evident that a great deal of effort went into making this a respectful and overly sympathetic portrait of the famous princess. Perhaps if the project had debuted before something like Stephen Frears’ 2006 film The Queen, which unfurls from a much more complicated, »
- Nicholas Bell
London — Producers Hamish McAlpine (“Funny Games,” “Bundy”), Colin Vaines (“Coriolanus,” “My Week With Marilyn”) and Carole Siller (“Funny Games,” “The Hillside Strangler”) have teamed up to launched shingle Broadstairs Films to develop and produce their joint projects. The partners will be at the Afm to meet with agencies and sales companies.
Broadstairs’ first two projects are “Lost Girl” and “Bhopal.” “Lost Girl,” which is based on a story by McAlpine and written by Susan Everett, is a London-based supernatural thriller about a kidnapping that goes awry with horrifying consequences. “Bhopal” is a documentary about one of the planet’s worst man-made disasters, when an American-owned pesticide plant leaked a deadly chemical gas over the densely packed slums of Bhopal, India. The gas killed up to 10,000 people, within hours, and 15,000 more have since died from its effects.
Broadstairs will draw on the strengths of the three to enable it to cover all areas of the biz. »
- Leo Barraclough
Eddie Redmayne, who recently starred in "Les Miserables" and "My Week with Marilyn," is now filming his "Theory of Everything" movie in which he plays famous physicist Stephen Hawking. And today, we have the first photos from the set of the film. "Theory of Everything" takes a look at the relationship between Hawking and his wife, Jane. The two met while they were both students in Cambridge in the 1960s, just as he was beginning to suffer the early effects of the motor neuron disease, which would eventually leave him almost entirely paralyzed. The role of Jane is played by Felicity Jones. The rest of the cast includes Emily Watson, Maxine Peake and David Thewlis. The film is directed by James Marsh (Project Nim, Man on Wire). It has yet to get a release date. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Speaking to French newspaper Liberation in comments translated by the Hollywood Reporter, Olivier Dahan stridently defended his right to release Grace of Monaco, which details a period in Kelly's marriage to Rainier III, prince of the tiny European state, in its original form. Weinstein, who is famed for his cutting room proclivities, recently delayed the film's debut in cinemas on the basis that it is not yet ready to be viewed.
The film, about Kelly's intervention in a row between Rainier »
- Ben Child
French filmmaker tells Liberation newspaper there are two versions of Grace of Monaco - “his and mine”.
French filmmaker Olivier Dahan has hit out at Us distributor Harvey Weinstein over his decision to re-edit his cut of Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the tragic actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, ahead of its Us release next year.
“The film that I am in the process of finishing is complicated to finalise although actually for me it is finished,” Dahan said in an interview with French newspaper Liberation.
“What’s complicated at the moment is ensuring that you, the critics, can review my version of the film and not that of somebody else. It’s not over yet. I haven’t given up.”
The Weinstein Company announced in September that it was pushing back the Us release of Grace of Monaco to spring 2014 from the previously expected Nov 2013, thus excluding the picture from this year’s Oscar race.
Scheduled for a May 2014 release, the film was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews.
Justin Chang (Variety): “The pleasures of Jane Austen and the horrors of the British slave trade make a surprisingly elegant fit in Amma Asante’s handsome period piece.” John Oursler (Sound on Sight): “Amma Asante’s Belle, a new entrant in the genre, strikes all the right notes.” John DeFore (The Hollywood Reporter): “Moviegoers should respond well when Fox Searchlight brings it to theaters next spring.”
I can’t wait to see this. Being a fan of period-piece dramas, Belle looks to be the perfect blend of courage, love and history.
- Michelle McCue
Interview Andrew Blair 14 Oct 2013 - 06:32
Over the phone, while a very quiet and slightly confused engineer inspected our boiler, Den of Geek chatted to Dougray Scott – former Triffid wrangler, Imf double agent, author of Death Of A Salesman and guest star in Highlander: The TV Series – about his new film Last Passenger.
Set on a quiet, late-night commuter train out of London, the first full-length movie from short-film director Omid Nooshin sees a small group of strangers trapped on the speeding train with no help coming from outside. Think Unstoppable directed by Mike Leigh, and then try not to let your imagination run away with you next time you step on board public transport...
How did you become attached to this project? What was it about »
It's been more than 10 years since fans obsessed over the love lives of those in Capeside, Massachusetts, and actress Michelle Williams hasn't let her time away from Dawson's Creek go to waste. She's been nominated for three Oscars since 2006, and continues to challenge herself in emotionally and physically demanding roles like 2011's Blue Valentine and 2012's My Week With Marilyn. Off screen Williams has endured the painful personal loss of ex-fiancé Heath Ledger in January 2008 and recently ended her year-long relationship with actor Jason [...] »
Ditch Davey has joined the cast of the Us network series The Black Box, which stars Sherlock Holmes' Kelly Reilly as Elizabeth Black, a neuroscientist who struggles to hide her mental illness from her fiancé and family.
Vanessa Redgrave will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth's psychiatrist. Davey is cast as Dr. Marc Bickman, a brilliant neurosurgeon.
Davey played Nemetes in Spartacus: War of the Damned, the New Zealand-produced 'sword and sandal' show which recently wrapped its third and final season.
The Us network ABC commissioned The Black Box. Shooting of the 13 episodes starts in New York later this month, produced by Bold Films.
- Don Groves
The upcoming film based on the characters created by popular novelist Tom Clancy (who passed away at the age of 66 today) is directed by Kenneth Branagh and scheduled for theatrical release this December. Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) in the title role, Jack Ryan follows former Marine turned financial analyst Ryan who while living in Moscow uncovers a terrorist plot to devalue American currency and thus destroy the U.S. economy masterminded by Viktor Stazov, a financial wiz in league with the Russian government. Branagh, director of Marvel's Thor and recent star of My Week With Marilyn, will direct Jack Ryan as well as play it's villain. Keira Knightley will play Jack's fiancee Cathy. James Earl Jones will cameo in the film, reprising his role as Admiral Greer. Kevin Costner has signed »
- Pietro Filipponi
Worldwide sales agent Sierra/Engine Television will launch its upcoming ABC medical procedural The Black Box at Mipcom.
Tele München Gruppe will handle the Bold Films series in German-speaking Europe and Modern Times Group will release across Scandinavia.
ABC has committed to a 13 episode prime-time in-season Us slot ahead of the start of production in October in New York.
Simon Curtis of My Week With Marilyn fame will direct The Black Box starring Kelly Reilly of Flight and Sherlock Holmes in the lead as Dr Elizabeth Black alongside Vanessa Redgrave as Dr Hartramph and Terry Kinney as Dr Owen Morley.
Reilly will play a brilliant neurologist who juggles work with her secret bipolar life. The only one who knows her secrets is her psychiatrist, Dr Hartramph.
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Oscar talk is not something you'd expect to surface much at the Zurich Film Festival, but when Harvey Weinstein is giving a masterclass there, it inevitably comes up. Wendy Mitchell reports from the event, where the master awards campaigner declared this year's Oscar race "the most competitive season I've ever seen," explained the delayed release of "Grace of Monaco" -- it's not ready, he wants it to play festivals and it could be "bigger than 'My Week With Marilyn'" -- and revisited the 15-year-old controversy of "Shakespeare in Love"'s five Oscar-awarded producers. He also gave a shout-out to his favorite non-Weinstein »
- Guy Lodge
Harvey Weinstein has called the current Oscar race "the most competitive season [he's] ever seen".
The movie mogul addressed the hype surrounding the upcoming awards season during a masterclass at the Zurich Film Festival.
The Weinstein Company films August: Osage County, Philomena, Fruitvale Station, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Lee Daniels' The Butler are all expected to be strong contenders for the 2014 Academy Awards.
Weinstein explained that the Nicole Kidman-starring Grace of Monaco will not be released in time to qualify.
"The only reason is because it just wasn't ready," he said. "The score wasn't ready, a lot of things weren't ready.
"Also we've played no festivals on that movie, so it's hard to get into an Oscar race without at least some festival exposure.
"The movie is going to be fantastic, and very glamorous. I think this could be bigger than My Week With Marilyn and in the same category of classy, »
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