18 items from 2015
London — Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close are to star in “She Who Brings Gifts,” which Altitude Film Sales has boarded. Pic is adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All the Gifts.”
Arterton, whose credits include “Tamara Drewe” and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” is starring in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices,” following her West End musical stage debut in “Made in Dagenham.” Considine was recently seen in BAFTA-winning British pic “Pride,” and is soon to be seen in “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender. Close is soon to be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Anesthesia” and Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife.” She just completed a starring run on Broadway in “A Delicate Balance.”
“The Girl With All the »
- Leo Barraclough
An ancient evil is unleashed in a trailer for The Vatican Tapes.
The horror movie depicts a demonic reckoning, thousands of years in the making, manifesting itself in modern times.
The Vatican Tapes opens on May 22 in the Us. No UK release date has been set. »
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family.
Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.
- Michelle McCue
London — Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment continues to strengthen its U.K. team with the executive hire of Tom Leggett as director of development, Playground Television, based in the London office.
Leggett, who was most recently senior development editor at Film4, will be responsible for building the company’s slate and expanding on the recent successes such as “Wolf Hall.” His role will include working with creative talent and broadcasters in the U.K.
He worked in development at Element Pictures and in production and acquisitions for the Weinstein Company. His credits at Film4 include “’71’” “The Riot Club,” “High-Rise,” “Mr. Turner” and “12 Years a Slave.” At the Weinstein Company he worked on films including “My Week With Marilyn,” “Submarine” and “The King’s Speech.”
Pedersen said: “The boundaries between film and television are becoming more and more blurred, »
- Leo Barraclough
Before last year, Eddie Redmayne's best known roles were supporting parts in Les Miserables and My Week With Marilyn. Now, the British actor has a BAFTA Award, a SAG award, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar to his name.
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Redmayne, who won over audiences, critics, and voters with the impressive physicality of his portrayal of Als-afflicted physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, is now preparing for another transformative role. The actor is reuniting with Les Miserables director Tom Hooper to play transgender woman Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery, in the biographical adaptation The Danish Girl.
"I was actually offered The Danish Girl before Hawking," Redmayne told British GQ for his Spring/Summer 2015 cover story. "People go, 'Oh are you doing this transformative thing?' It's not a concerted choice. I think it will be a unique experience »
Feature Film Casting Call From Nina Gold Casting For 7 - 9 Year Old Boy- Goodbye Christopher Robin
Goodbye Christopher Robin is a beautifully written account of a young boy growing up in the shadow of his own fame.
This is the story of AA Milne, the celebrated children’s author of Winnie The Pooh, and his relationship with his young son, Christopher Robin, who was the unwitting inspiration for one of the most successful children stories ever created.
Set in England, midst World Wars this story focuses entirely around the young Christopher Robin. A painfully lonely little boy, an only child with little to no relationship with his successful socialite parents, who becomes an overnight international star due to the immense success of his father’s books. »
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Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
She told Elle UK: "There are so many problems with that. But Kristen [Bell] has made it so much easier for these kids to live in a world that is friendly and that they can trust.
"Every month I send her a gushy, 'You don't know what you've done' note. Now my daughter and other kids aren't scared to walk down the street any more. It's like a miracle," she enthused.
Williams, who wears Louis Vuitton for the magazine's shoot, also discussed juggling motherhood with work, and revealed that balancing both often leads to her falling asleep - and snoring - through exhaustion at parties.
She said: "I feel like most of my life, »
Both Redmayne and Keaton won at the Golden Globes while Redmayne took the SAG and Bafta trophies. With Redmayne’s victory, it means that the 11 last winners of the SAG best actor award have gone on to win the Oscar.
The 33-year-old British actor was praised by critics for delivering a visceral performance as the theoretical physicist overcoming motor neuron disease, providing inspiration and realistically reflecting the bittersweet love story with Felicity Jones, who portrayed Hawking’s wife, Jane.
Redmayne had previously been best known for “Les Miserables” and “My Week With Marilyn.”
The film had »
- Dave McNary
Gustav Klimt may have been celebrated for his gilded portraits of elegant Austrian ladies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the same approach suits “Woman in Gold,” director Simon Curtis’ garish “good taste” account of how a determined Jewish exile (played by Helen Mirren) sought the restitution of a Klimt painting seized by the Nazis. Weinsteined to within an inch of its life, this compelling true story forbids any room for perfectly reasonable arthouse audiences to question Maria Altmann’s case, striking back at the anti-Semitism of the time with an equally noxious caricature of modern Austrians as law-bending, art-thieving monsters.
In other words, “My Week With Marilyn” director Curtis and screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell (a theater talent making his bigscreen debut) have taken the position that there’s no room for debate where rectifying the wrongs of Austria’s past is concerned, which makes for a reasonably dull ride, »
- Peter Debruge
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to historical drama Woman In Gold from The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu and Ingrid Pittana for SquareOne Entertainment with TWC.
Directed by Simon Curtis‘ (My Week With Marilyn), the film stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. Co-stars include Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.
The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15) where the film debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote Woman In Gold, which is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
It tells the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes »
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Newsflash: We still have awhile before the Oscars. It's like a month away. But we can prepare anyway by revisiting the greatest hits of our leading nominees in the acting categories. Put on your angriest Annette Bening face and join us for this trip into prestige pictures currently streaming on Netflix. "The Kids are All Right" (Julianne Moore) Julianne Moore didn't pick up a nomination, but costars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo did in this family drama (with funny moments) about a lesbian couple attempting to embrace the new-found presence of their kids' sperm donor. "The Kids are All Right" feels like a lost James L. Brooks gem set in 2010, and every performance has endearing and (intentionally) maddening moments. Julianne might play the most conflicted character at all, and she wears that indecision and personal guilt well. "My Week With Marilyn" (Eddie Redmayne) Is this a great movie? No. In fact, »
- Louis Virtel
The Berlin International Film Festival’s Special Galas selections have been announced and include many international premieres. Most notable is the inclusion of Ava DuVernay’s "Selma," which just this morning earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The Gala lineups also include world premieres from directors Simon Curtis ("My Week with Marilyn") and Anton Corbijn ("A Most Wanted Man") . The festival also released the lineup for its Forum 2015: Looking Forward, Looking Back section. The 45th Berlinale Forum will show a total of 43 films in its main program, of which 31 are world premieres and ten international premieres. Additionally, Berlinale has announced that on February 10, the Berlinale Co-Production Market is inviting those active in the industry to the new CoPro Series pitching for the first time. CoPro Series is an exclusive event of Drama Series Days, the official new platform for serial content at the European »
- Casey Cipriani
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.
The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack
Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
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“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.
“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
- Leo Barraclough
Jennifer Lawrence and “Theory of Everything” star Eddie Redmayne have more in common than the Golden Globe Awards decorating their home — they love watching “shitty reality TV,” especially “The Real Housewives.”
Redmayne, who won his first Globe this year and is on track for an Oscar nomination for portraying astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, surprised Lawrence with the admission during their conversation for Interview Magazine‘s February issue.
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“You watch ‘Real Housewives,’ Eddie?” Lawrence asked in apparent shock when he mentioned the Bravo series.
“I’ve been a closet lover of faux-reality TV since ‘The Hills. »
- Greg Gilman
Last fall brought news of Matt Damon teaming up with his Margaret director Kenneth Lonergan again for a new drama called Manchester-by-the-Sea. However, it appears things have changed in the months since then, because recently The Boston Globe learned that it will be Good Will Hunting co-star Casey Affleck taking the role instead. He'll play a lazy and irresponsible Boston plumber forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. Suddenly he finds himself having to take care of his brother's 16-year old son but also finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. More below! In addition, THR reports My Week with Marilyn star Michelle Williams will play Affleck's wife in the drama. Production is slated to begin in March in the New England, which Affleck is all too familiar with. In addition, the film will have Chris Moore, »
- Ethan Anderton
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
18 items from 2015
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