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Vanessa Redgrave, Rosamund Pike Honored at Women in Film and TV Awards

5 December 2014 4:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Vanessa Redgrave received the lifetime achievement award at the Women in Film and TV Awards Friday in London, while Rosamund Pike picked up the performance award for David Fincher’s thriller “Gone Girl.”

Redgrave’s award, which was presented by playwright David Hare, recognized her five-decade-long career, which has included more than 80 films, six Oscar nominations and an Academy Award win for supporting actress for the title role in the 1977 film “Julia.”

Lyse Doucet was presented with the achievement of the year award for her reporting from Syria.

The producer award went to Katie Swinden for her work on “Marvellous,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Luther.”

Screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood picked up the writing award for Sky’s drama “The Smoke,” whilst Consolata Boyle won the craft award for her costume design in films including “Philomena,” “The Iron Lady” and “Testament of Youth.”

Location manager Sue Quinn was presented with the project »

- Leo Barraclough

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Vanessa Redgrave, Rosamund Pike Honored at Women in Film and TV Awards

5 December 2014 4:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Vanessa Redgrave received the lifetime achievement award at the Women in Film and TV Awards Friday in London, while Rosamund Pike picked up the performance award for David Fincher’s thriller “Gone Girl.”

Redgrave’s award, which was presented by playwright David Hare, recognized her five-decade-long career, which has included more than 80 films, six Oscar nominations and an Academy Award win for supporting actress for the title role in the 1977 film “Julia.”

Lyse Doucet was presented with the achievement of the year award for her reporting from Syria.

The producer award went to Katie Swinden for her work on “Marvellous,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Luther.”

Screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood picked up the writing award for Sky’s drama “The Smoke,” whilst Consolata Boyle won the craft award for her costume design in films including “Philomena,” “The Iron Lady” and “Testament of Youth.”

Location manager Sue Quinn was presented with the project »

- Leo Barraclough

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Writers' Guild shortlist unveiled

5 December 2014 3:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.

Sandi Toksvig will present the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain annual Awards at Riba, in London, on Jan 19, 2015.

In the two film categories, Pride (Stephen Beresford), The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard) and Starred Up (Jonathan Asser) are up for Best First Screenplay, while Filth (Jon S Baird), Metro Manila (Sean Ellis & Frank E Flowers) and Philomena (Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan) will compete for Best Screenplay.

TV programmes up for awards include Line of Duty (Jed Mercurio), Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight), The Great Train Robbery (Chris Chibnall) and House of Fools (Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer).

A special award for outstanding contribution to writing and writers will be presented on the night.

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TV Drama – Long Form

Line of Duty (Jed Mercurio), Happy Valley (Sally Wainwright), Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight)

TV Drama – Short Form

The Great Train Robbery (Chris Chibnall), Turks & Caicos (David Hare), [link »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Writers Guild Italia & The Black List Pact; Ed Guiney Set For Efa Honor: Global Showbiz Briefs

17 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Writers Guild Italia and the Black List have formed a new alliance, paving the way for Wgi members to list their scripts in the Black List database. The Black List has similar partnerships with the WGA West and East, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Writers Guild of Canada. However, this is the first time it has partnered with a non-English-speaking guild – a sign that good unproduced ideas come in many forms. An Italian film, The Great Beauty, of course won the Foreign Language Film Oscar last year — returning the statue to the country for the first time in 15 years — and local comedies are consistently hot at the box office. The Black List notes that although most Wgi members write primarily in Italian, many have great facility with the English language. Given the fluid language barriers, plus translation, and the unique point of view, culture, and style »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Laurel and Hardy biopic in the works

17 November 2014 5:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the original buddy comedy team, will finally get the big screen treatment. Jon S. Baird (Filth)  is set to direct this project, describing it as  “really a love story between two guys who come to realize they can’t live without each other. It’s a really, really beautiful tale.” Screenwriter Jeff Pope, who won an Oscar for Philomena, focused on their “farewell tour” of 1953, where Hardy suffered a heart attack. The working title is Stan and Ollie.

Laurel and Hardy (not to be confused with Charlie Chaplin or Abbott and Costello) first worked together in the 1921 short “Lucky Dog,” but became features in 1927 while working for Hal Roach Studios. They worked together in over 100 projects.

Baird discussed the project further. “It also tells the story of their off-screen personas, which were quite different to what people would imagine knowing their on-screen ones…Stan was very much the driving force, »

- Michelle Leibowitz

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Jon S. Baird Meets Laurel And Hardy

17 November 2014 4:10 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having already followed his scurrilous Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth with some episodes of Danny Boyle's Babylon, Jon S. Baird has something very different lined up for his next project. He'll direct a currently unnamed project focusing on the twilight years of Laurel And Hardy. Specifically the film will centre on Stan and Ollie's farewell tour of Britain in 1953. The comedy duo's star was on the wane by the time the tour took place. Their films for Fox and post-war careers hadn't recaptured the magic of their earlier days with producer Hal Roach, and they had filmed their ill-fated final film Utopia (Aka Atoll K) in 1952, though it was yet to be released. They were met by adoring crowds everywhere they went on their music hall tour, however. But sadly the jollity had to be cut short when Hardy became seriously ill with heart problems.Jeff Pope (Philomena) wrote the screenplay for the film, »

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J.J. Abrams Congratulates ‘Star Wars’ First A.D. on BAFTA Honor

17 November 2014 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helmer J.J. Abrams was one of those to send a message congratulating the film’s first assistant director Tommy Gormley, who received the outstanding contribution to craft award at the BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday in Glasgow.

“I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules. Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first A.D. I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” Abrams said in a video message.

Gormley’s credits also include Abrams pics “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek into Darkness.” He has also worked on “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.” Emmerich also sent a message congratulating Gormley, who received the award from thesp Simon Pegg, who appeared in “Star Trek,” “Ghost Protocol” and “Star Trek into Darkness. »

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J.J. Abrams Congratulates ‘Star Wars’ First A.D. on BAFTA Honor

17 November 2014 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helmer J.J. Abrams was one of those to send a message congratulating the film’s first assistant director Tommy Gormley, who received the outstanding contribution to craft award at the BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday in Glasgow.

“I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules. Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first A.D. I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met,” Abrams said in a video message.

Gormley’s credits also include Abrams pics “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek into Darkness.” He has also worked on “John Carter,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and Roland Emmerich’s “2012.” Emmerich also sent a message congratulating Gormley, who received the award from thesp Simon Pegg, who appeared in “Star Trek,” “Ghost Protocol” and “Star Trek into Darkness. »

- Leo Barraclough

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David Tennant and James McAvoy win at BAFTA Scotland Awards

16 November 2014 5:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Tennant and James McAvoy were among the major winners at the BAFTA Scotland Awards on Sunday (November 16).

McAvoy was the recipient of the Best Film Actor Award for his portrayal of a corrupt police officer in director Jon S Baird's dark comedy Filth.

He emerged victorious over competitors Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith) and Jack O'Connell (Starred Up).

Tennant triumphed over Line of Duty's Mark Bonnar and Shetland's Douglas Henshall in the Best Television Actor category for his performance in The Escape Artist.

Other major winners included Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena) for Best Film Actress, Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe) for Best Television Actress and Starred Up for Best Feature Film.

BAFTA Scotland was formed back in 1989 as an extension of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. »

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David Tennant and James McAvoy win at BAFTA Scotland Awards

16 November 2014 5:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Tennant and James McAvoy were among the major winners at the BAFTA Scotland Awards on Sunday (November 16).

McAvoy was the recipient of the Best Film Actor Award for his portrayal of a corrupt police officer in director Jon S Baird's dark comedy Filth.

He emerged victorious over competitors Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith) and Jack O'Connell (Starred Up).

Tennant triumphed over Line of Duty's Mark Bonnar and Shetland's Douglas Henshall in the Best Television Actor category for his performance in The Escape Artist.

Other major winners included Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena) for Best Film Actress, Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe) for Best Television Actress and Starred Up for Best Feature Film.

BAFTA Scotland was formed back in 1989 as an extension of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. »

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James McAvoy Takes Best Actor Crown at BAFTA Scotland Awards

16 November 2014 3:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BAFTA Scotland's annual awards ceremony on Sunday saw James McAvoy take home the best actor gong for his turn as a corrupt, drug-taking and alcoholic cop in Filth, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel. The best actress award went to relative newcomer Sophie Kennedy Clark for her performance in Philomena, in which she played the younger version of Judi Dench's titular character. Read more James McAvoy Heads Back to London Stage in 'The Ruling Class' Broadchurch star David Tennant won the TV actor award for BBC drama The Escape Artist, while Shirley Henderson, also one of McAvoy’s co-stars in Filth,

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- Alex Ritman

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Starred Up takes top Scottish BAFTAs by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-11-16 23:08:14

16 November 2014 3:08 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Starred Up the big winner at Scottish BAFTAs David Mackenzie took home the top film honours at the Scottish BAFTAs tonight, with his prison drama Starred Up winning the prizes for best film and best director, while his scriptwriter Jonathan Asser was named best TV/film writer (read what David Mackenzie told us about the film earlier in the year here).

The film beat stiff competition from Filth and Sunshine On Leith.

The film acting honours went to James McAvoy for Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth and Sophie Kennedy Clark for her role in Stephen Frears' drama Philomena.

The full list of film nominees and winners (in bold) is below:

Feature Film

Filth Jon S Baird, Ken Marshall, Trudie Styler - Steel Mill Pictures, Maven Pictures, Logie Pictures/Lionsgate

Starred Up David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie, Jonathan Asser - Sigma Films/Fox Searchlight

Sunshine On Leith Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Greenhorn, Andrew Macdonald, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Judi Dench: 'Don't tell me that I'm too old to do something'

13 November 2014 2:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Judi Dench has admitted that she hates being told that she should retire.

The Philomena actress told Sky News that age is "just a number", adding that she would rather people let her "have a go" at things, rather than tell her she can't do it.

She explained: "It drives me absolutely spare when people say 'Are you going to retire?' or 'Don't you think it's time you put your feet up?' or tell me my age.

"I loathe it. I don't want to be told that I'm too old to do something; I want to try it first and then, if I don't succeed, then I can be told I can't do it.

"Otherwise, because you get to a certain age, it's 'Oh well, you mustn't do that because you might have a fall or you can't learn the lines or you can't see'. Let me have a go. »

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'Philomena' Writer Hired to Write Maritime Survival Tale 'Speck in the Sea' (Exclusive)

12 November 2014 4:41 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jeff Pope, who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Weinstein Co.’s drama Philomena, has been tapped by the production company to write its maritime survival In the Heart of the Sea. Rachael Horovitz, Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein are producing the project, which adapts a January 2014 piece by Paul Tough that appeared in The New York Times Magazine. Speck told the story of 45-year-old lobster fisherman John Aldridge, who at 3:30 a.m. one morning slipped off his boat and fell into the Atlantic. The boat, on autopilot, kept on chugging, and his partner,

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Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’ Warbles Way To Strong World Sales Via Pathé – Afm

12 November 2014 2:42 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

While the biggest game in town at the past week’s Afm has arguably been Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, other prestige titles have certainly enticed foreign buyers. Among them, Pathé‘s Florence, which is now going by the name Florence Foster Jenkins. The Stephen Frears-directed biopic about the real-life New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability, stars Meryl Streep in the eponymous role and Hugh Grant as her partner and manager. Pathé has retained distribution rights in the UK, France and Switzerland. The international sales team, led by Muriel Sauzay, also secured key deals during the market in Australia (eOne), Germany (Constantin), Greece (Feelgood), Hong Kong (Sun Dream), Israel (Shani), Italy (Lucky Red), Japan (Gaga), the Middle East (Gulf Film), Scandinavia (Svensk), South Africa (M-Net) and Turkey (Fabula), among several other territories.

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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Alexandre Desplat’s The Imitation Game Soundtrack Available Digitally On November 10, On CD November 24

9 November 2014 9:27 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Classical has announced the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Imitation Game, a biographical drama about the English code-breaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatchand Keira Knightley. Composed by Alexandre Desplat, the score soundtrack will be available digitally on November 10 and on CDNovember 24.

The opening track of Desplat’s score for The Imitation Game introduces a descending, rippling keyboard theme that reappears in variations in later tracks – first as a string accompaniment that sets the mood for a tragic, dramatic story. The second track skillfully interprets its title, “Enigma” (a reference to both the man Alan Turing and to the code-breaking project that made him famous), with fascinating sounds that evoke the ping of a sonar location and the underwater world, thus playing on the main theme of the story. While “U-Boats” features military sounds, other tracks such as “Carrots and Peas” provide contrasting quietness and emotion, »

- Michelle McCue

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Billion Dollar Composer: Alexandre Desplat Has Ears of World’s Top Auteurs

5 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It all started a little over 10 years ago, when “Girl With a Pearl Earring” opened and everyone who heard its haunting, magical waltz theme asked, “Wow, who wrote that?”

The “who,” as everyone in the business knows by now, is French composer Alexandre Desplat. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his music in the romantic ode to one of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings, then followed it with a startling score for “Birth” — its fairy-tale flutes and child-like celeste serving to deepen that film’s almost ungraspable mystery — and he quickly became one of the most sought-after composers in Hollywood.

Except that he lived in Paris. And still does.

And while Desplat is content to call Paris home, he has quietly opened a second studio in L.A. to make it easier to confer with directors here and, as necessary, compose too, as he recently did with “The Imitation Game. »

- Jon Burlingame

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Alexandre Desplat Proves a Perennial Fave at Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards

27 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).

Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.

The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men »

- Steve Chagollan

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Steve Coogan Replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman In Showtime’s Happyish

23 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When The Master actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose earlier this year, the fate of the actor’s planned Showtime series Happyish was suddenly thrown up in the air. Though the network had ordered the half-hour comedy to series back in April, the entire show and the filmed pilot were based around Hoffman’s performance. With his death, it seemed for a time that Happyish would simply be swept under the rug. Now, however, Showtime has announced a replacement to lead the series – Philomena star Steve Coogan.

With the Oscar and Golden Globe nominee on board, Happyish will shoot a new pilot in New York this December. If all goes well, Showtime will then order nine additional episodes to complete the show’s first season. Currently, Happyish is in the process of being written, and it will have to be somewhat reworked to accommodate Coogan. Additionally, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime Comedy Series Happyish

22 October 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death left a gaping void in the acting world, and there are so many more roles it would have been wonderful to see him tackle.  Among his planned projects was Happyish, a 10-episode half-hour comedy series for Showtime created, written, and executive produced by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander (who also wrote the terrific book Foreskin's Lament).  The series is described as "a soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place." The project was in stasis following Hoffman's death, but Showtime has decided to move forward by casting Steve Coogan in the lead role of "Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like 'digital,' 'social' and 'viral.'" The series was also set to star Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, »

- Matt Goldberg

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