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Mr. Holmes movie review: the case of the missing myth

22 July 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson Join ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’

13 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Downton Abbey” actress Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, who was Oscar nominated for “In the Bedroom” and “Michael Clayton,” and Andrew Scott (“Sherlock,” “Pride,” “Spectre”) have joined the cast of Simon Aboud’s “This Beautiful Fantastic,” which starts to shoot this week in London.

The feature project has been greenlit by Ambi Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, with Christine Alderson and her Ipso Facto production banner.

Others in the cast include Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Now is Good,” “The Railway Man”), Anna Chancellor (“What a Girl Wants,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) and Sheila Hancock (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “3 Men and a Little Lady”).

This Beautiful Fantastic” is a contemporary fairy-tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful »

- Leo Barraclough

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Director sticks with British drama

5 July 2015 8:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

After directing two episodes of the second series of Broadchurch, Jonathan Teplitzky is in Malaysia calling the shots on three episodes of Indian Summers.

Set in colonial India in 1935, the second season of Indian Summers chronicles the further decline of the British Empire and clashes with the locals who are desperate for independence.

Julie Walters stars alongside. James Fleet, Rachel Griffiths and Art Malik. Walters portrays Cynthia, a widow and doyenne of the expats Royal Club in Shimla, a town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley) is Lord Hawthorne, Malik is the Maharaja Maritpur and Griffiths is his enigmatic Australian mistress Sirene.

The drama, which airs on the UK's Channel 4 and here on BBC First, is the second collaboration between Teplitzky and Griffiths: she co-starred in his 2011 film Burning Man with Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic and Essie Davis.

The series is being filmed in Penang, »

- Don Groves

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Exclusive: A dust storm won't stop Nicole Kidman in new 'Strangerland' clip

1 July 2015 2:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nicole Kidman could have taken her career in a number of different directions, but after dipping her toe in some studio misfires in the mid-2000's she continues to make daring choices that many other actors with her notoriety would shy away from.  In the past two years she's starred in the polarizing "Stoker," the art house hit "The Railway Man," took on "Grace of Monaco" (a film that had a dramatically different original screenplay), made kids tremble as the villain in the family blockbuster "Paddington" and played Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" which debuted at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.  But, wait.  There's more. Kidman has already finished shooting the big screen adaptation of "Lion," has a significant role in Billy Ray's remake of "The Secret in Their Eyes" and stars opposite Jason Bateman in his highly anticipated drama "The Family Fang" (which has »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The Bad Education Movie set for release in August, first poster arrives online

29 June 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jack Whitehall’s Alfi Wickers is heading to the big screen this summer for The Bad Education Movie, and Entertainment Film Distributors has announced today that the feature version of the hit British sitcom is set to arrive in UK cinemas on Friday August 21st. Here’s the official poster…

Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other, the best school trip ever!

The Bad Education Movie sees Whitehall reuniting with Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Sarah Solemani (Him & Her) and his class of pupils Ethan Lawrence, Layton Williams, Nikki Runeckles, Kae Alexander, Weruche Opia, Jack Binstead and Charlie Wernham, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Railway Man: a tale of torture and redemption

24 June 2015 1:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Colin Firth stars in this adaptation of the memoirs of a Pow tortured by the Japanese military during the second world war. No movie could recreate such horrors, but it’s easy to forgive this redemptive tale its mild flights of fancy

The Railway Man (2013)

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: B+

Related: The Railway Man's forgotten family: 'We were victims of torture too'

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- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Film Review: ‘Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad’

4 June 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Premiering out of competition — and by extension, out of the spotlight — at the same edition of the Cannes Film Festival that begat “Son of Saul,” polemical French director Robert Guediguian’s “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” grapples with many of the same questions of irreparable damage and historical representation that surround another of the 20th century’s unreconciled genocides, albeit in a far less conceptual or arresting way. Addressing the still scandalously under-represented Armenian tragedy not via the mass exterminations that targeted his own ancestors, but rather through later generations’ subsequent attempts at revenge, Guediguian sides with the activists’ cause even as he condemns their methods. While the subject deserves further attention, the hard truth is that this “crazy story’s” moral complexity, combined with the lack of a clear protagonist, renders its telling dramatically inert — and therefore unlikely to significantly impact attitudes either in France or abroad. »

- Peter Debruge

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Acs salutes The Railway Man, Lesnie

3 May 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Railway Man.s Garry Phillips won the Gold Tripod for best feature at the Australian Cinematographers Society (Acs) national awards, an event dedicated to the memory of Andrew Lesnie. Phillips also got the Acs.s highest honour, the Milli Award, for which all Golden Tripod recipients were eligible.

Ben Nott received an award of distinction in the feature category for Predestination. Adam Arkapaw.s True Detectives episode 4 was feted for best telefeature, miniseries, TV drama or comedy, and Andrew Commis got the award. of distinction for Devil's Playground. Best dramatised documentary was Jim Frater.s The War That Changed Us episode 1. Joel Lawrence won the best international news award for Tsunami Anniversary. The audience at the awards, which were presented on Saturday night at Moma, stood for a minute's silence for Oscar-winner Lesnie, 59, who died last Monday. . National president Ron Johanson said, .We need to acknowledge the love and »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Six Sales Takes Rebecca Ferguson-Starrer ‘Snow’ (Exclusive)

24 April 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.

Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.

Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man »

- John Hopewell

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Australian films on the rebound

22 April 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian films are experiencing a resurgence in cinemas this year, raking in $21.7 million through April 20.

That.s way up on the $13.7 million collected in the first four months last year, when The Railway Man, Wolf Creek 2 and Tracks were the only significant contributors.

Given the upcoming release line-up including George Miller.s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin, Brendan Cowell's Ruben Guthrie,. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker, Simon Stone.s The Daughter and Michael Petroni.s Backtrack, the industry is on course to far surpass the 2014. total of $26.1 million from 39 films and feature documentaries plus holdovers.

Almost certainly 2015 will be a far bigger year for Oz cinema than 2013.s $38.5 million, and probably 2012.s $47.8 million. In the past 10 years the record is 2009.s $54.7 million.

This year local films are benefitting from an exceptionally buoyant trading period at the nation.s cinemas. Through the end »

- Don Groves

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Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25 March 2015 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa has signed a long-term agreement to stay at the company and has taken on the role of CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.

Lionsgate UK recently expanded its distribution slate to include Summit as well as Lionsgate releases (for Summit titles produced after July 2015). 

Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Zygi Kamasa Signs Deal to Continue as CEO of Lionsgate UK, Expands European Responsibilities

25 March 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”

Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”

Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »

- Leo Barraclough

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New formula to measure global impact of Oz films

8 March 2015 4:56 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Judging Australian films. success or failure by their local B.O. results is unfair and misleading, according to several academics who have devised a new formula for measuring the global impact of individual titles.

Dubbed film impact rating (Fir), the metric assesses films on 14 criteria including the location, volume and saturation of film screenings including film festivals; critic and user ratings, award nominations and wins; and Australian and international B.O. returns and production budget as a percentage of worldwide B.O.

The study.s authors Deb Verhoeven, Alwyn Davidson and Bronwyn Coate tracked 134 Australian films, including co-productions, that screened between December 1 2012 and June 1 2014.

By that yardstick, Saving My Banks had the greatest impact worldwide, narrowly ahead of The Great Gatsby, despite the gap in their total B.O. earnings: $US112.5 million for the Disney film co-produced by Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie, versus $351 million for Baz.s extravaganza. »

- Don Groves

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The Walking Dead, Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut & Hannibal Nominated in 41st Annual Saturn Awards

4 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They've done what they've had to do to survive on AMC's The Walking Dead, brining hope and despair to palpable life on the small screen with gritty realism every week. Covered in grime, splattered in blood, and trudging down the sun-baked backroads and brush-bordered trails this season, the stellar cast and crew of The Walking Dead have paid their dues and then some, and now they're getting a tip of the cap in return with seven nominations for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards.

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, and Andrew J. West have all earned nominations, with the TV series itself receiving one as well. Also recognized in this year's nominations is Scream Factory's Nightbreed: The Director's Cut Blu-ray, NBC's Hannibal TV series, Only Lovers Left Alive, and many more.

Press Release - "The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announces the »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

3 March 2015 5:51 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10, respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box office smash “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal,” lead the 2015 smallscreen noms with seven and six, respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The fantasy film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

3 March 2015 5:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10, respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box office smash “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal,” lead the 2015 smallscreen noms with seven and six, respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The fantasy film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand »

- Seth Kelley

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10 Actors Who “Stole” Their Performances Off Real People

13 February 2015 7:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Sometimes, a performance can seem too precise to be simply the product of an actor’s imagination, or as just a result of fine writing on the page. When an accent or a quirk appears too specific to just simply have been invented, chances are it was probably found somewhere else.

There have been some notable and well-covered examples over the years of actors using real people as the basis for performances; Orson Welles modelled Citizen Kane’s titular newspaper baron on actual newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, Dustin Hoffman took major inspiration from savant Kim Peek to play the autistic title character in Rain Man, and Johnny Depp channelled Keith Richards for Jack Sparrow.

Of course, you already know about those. This list is about ten more recent examples, with one rule: these have to be unofficial ‘interpretations’ – a cast member playing a younger or older version of »

- Brogan Morris

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Broadchurch series 2 episode 5 review

4 February 2015 5:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Broadchurch’s arty direction made this week’s episode even more heightened as a grisly revelation was made…

This review contains spoilers.

Like an orange-cagouled lamb to the slaughterhouse, Ellie Miller’s aggressive pursuit of the Sandbrook case after her heart-rending meeting with Tom led her to a grisly discovery. Was that agricultural incinerator the final resting place of Lisa Newberry’s body? Or is it simply another sleight of hand misdirection?

Not yet being in possession of all the facts, we viewers are at a loss when it comes to rationally sifting through them. Better to let the revelations and diversions tumble out at our feet over the remaining episodes while we let the series’ distracting beauty drift over us. And boy, was this episode beautiful.

Whether we have the arrival of The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky or cinematographer John Conroy to thank for it, episode five was Broadchurch as an art-house flick. »

- louisamellor

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Before I Go to Sleep | Blu-Ray Review

3 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After flopping at the box office and landing an unnecessary entry on the shortlist for 2014’s Best Actress Razzies for Nicole Kidman, Before I Go to Sleep arrives on Blu-ray with a bruised reputation. Pulpy, even schlocky at certain moments, director Rowan Joffe’s sophomore directorial feature still manages to be entertaining, a throwback to the kind of methodical studio neo-noirs we used to see more before Hollywood was overrun by the mindless recalibrations of endless superheroes and Michael Bay. With a little luck, it will have a healthy shelf-life, perhaps destined for rediscovery as an underrated guilty pleasure in decades to come.

Adapting S.J. Watson’s pulpy novel for his second feature film (2010’s remake of British noir Brighton Rock, starring Helen Mirren, was his neglected debut), screenwriter cum director Rowan Joffe forges onward in material that seems veritably inveigled with the past. Many may be pleased with the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Schepisi casts romantic drama

2 February 2015 5:36 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Lesley Mann, Anthony Lapaglia, Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas head the cast of Fred Schepisi.s The Olive Sisters.

A romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, it.s due to start shooting mid-year in Victoria.s Mornington Peninsula.

Mann will play Adrienne Bennett, a successful PR executive whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a run-down olive grove from her Italian grandparents.

After overcoming culture shock she discovers the family she barely knew and strikes up a friendship with the ruggedly handsome Joe.

Simon Baker was announced today as playing Joe and dutifully reported on Deadline.com, but his CAA agent Peter Levine told If The Mentalist regular is not attached.

A parallel narrative follows Adrienne.s grandparents who worked hard to »

- Don Groves

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