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Saturday Shorts: ‘White Other’, starring Imelda Staunton

27 September 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 2010 short White Other. The film is written and directed by Dan Hartley, and stars Luke Oliver, Tom Felton, and Imelda Staunton. A veteran of both the big and small screen, Staunton has been acting for over 30 years, appearing in features such as Shakespeare in Love, Vera Drake, and Another Year, as well as playing the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movie series. Her newest feature, titled Pride, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Pride’ Review: Gay Activists, Striking Miners Unite to Fight the Power

26 September 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the opening moments of “Pride,” activist Mark (Ben Schnetzer) makes the case at the 1984 London Gay Pride parade that the Lgbt community and the coal miners on strike, seemingly disparate, actually share common enemies: Margaret Thatcher, the police and the tabloid press. The movie never says so explicitly, but it also suggests that the two groups share a love for a good anthem, and the most powerful moments of “Pride” revolve around music, whether it's a roomful of strike supporters singing “Bread and Roses,” Bronski Beat performing “Why?” at a benefit concert, or Billy Bragg's stirring rendition of. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Guy Pearce, Dominic West Cast in Michael Grandage’s ‘Genius’

26 September 2014 7:08 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Guy Pearce and Dominic West are set to join Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney in Michael Grandage’s feature debut, Genius. Emmy Award-winning Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech) will play F. Scott Fitzgerald along-side Golden Globe nominee Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire, Pride) as Ernest Hemmingway.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, The Aviator, Gladiator) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman plays Aline Bernstein and Linney is Louise Perkins. Genius will commence filming next month at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

The film marks the third collaboration between director Grandage, his producing partner James Bierman and John Logan following the hugely successful stage productions of Red, inspired by artist Mark Rothko, »

- The Deadline Team

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Pride Has One of the Best British Casts in Recent Memory

26 September 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If Pride were a politician, you’d want to vote for it, march for it, and sign up to make calls for it. This rah-rah-union, rah-rah-gay-rights, boo-hiss–Maggie Thatcher ensemble comedy-drama is a dazzler, one of those perfectly engineered crowd-pleasers like The Full Monty and Little Miss Sunshine that proves once again how movies are a great populist art. Is it a great piece of drama? Not really. It’s too tidy, too one-sided. But given that the second side is made up of homophobes and Thatcherite Tories, I didn’t much give a shite about balance. You?The film, directed by Matthew Warchus from a script by Stephen Beresford, takes place in 1984 during a nationwide U.K. coal-miner strike that Thatcher set out to break. The hook — a true one — is that way down in the wilds of bohemian London, a gay activist named Mark (Ben Schnetzer) had a brainstorm. »

- David Edelstein

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Guy Pearce, Dominic West join Genius

26 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have joined the cast of Michael Grandage’s Genius, announced today by Desert Wolf Productions and the Michael Grandage Company.

It bolsters an already strong cast that includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Pearce, best known for roles in Memento and more recently Iron Man 3, will play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside The Wire star Dominic West, currently seen in Pride, as Ernest Hemmingway.

The film makes the debut feature of celebrated theatre director Grandage and shooting will commence this October at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins.

Law stars as Wolfe opposite Firth as Perkins »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Guy Piece, Dominic West join Genius

26 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have joined the cast of Michael Grandage’s Genius, announced today by Desert Wolf Productions and the Michael Grandage Company.

It bolsters an already strong cast that includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Pearce, best known for roles in Memento and more recently Iron Man 3, will play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside The Wire star Dominic West, currently seen in Pride, as Ernest Hemmingway.

The film makes the debut feature of celebrated theatre director Grandage and shooting will commence this October at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins.

Law stars as Wolfe opposite Firth as Perkins »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Pride' and 'Warcraft' have put Ben Schnetzer on the verge of breaking out

25 September 2014 10:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride." Schnetzer, the son of two working New York actors, plays Mark Ashton, a man who spent most of his short life fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians in his native United Kingdom. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box office preview: Denzel Washington eyes top spot with 'The Equalizer'

25 September 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Denzel Washington is gearing up to show his box office might once more as The Equalizer debuts in 3,234 theaters, including IMAX and other premium large format screens, starting with early Thursday-night showings. The R-rated Columbia Pictures action thriller, which re-teams Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, will easily win the weekend, beating out last week’s champ The Maze Runner and this week’s other new opener, the family-friendly The Boxtrolls.

Here’s how things might play out:

1. The Equalizer — $30 million

Denzel Washington plays a former black ops agent who’s attempting to lead a quiet life until »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More

25 September 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is »

- Brian Brooks

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Review: 'Pride' Is A Rousing Crowd-Pleaser Done Right

25 September 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It sometimes feels like the British film industry only makes about three or four different kinds of movies: dreadful gangster films that rarely get a release abroad, gritty social realism pictures, period costume dramas, and semi-quirky comedies with a tearjerking side, exemplified by something like "Billy Elliot" or "The Full Monty," but more often turning out like "Calendar Girls" or "Song For Marion." The latter category might be the most dispiriting of them all, and it's the category that "Pride" initially seemed to fit into. The film, directed by acclaimed theater director Matthew Warchus (who just this week was appointed Kevin Spacey's successor as the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London), has that mix of social issues drama, culture clash, old people doing unlikely things, and Bill Nighy that so often proves a middlebrow crowd-pleaser. But we figured there had to be a reason it was picked to close the Directors'. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Pride Movie Review

25 September 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Pride CBS Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Matthew Warchus Screenplay:  Stephen Beresford Cast:  Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine Screened at:  AMC 34th Street, NYC, 9/23/14 Opens:  September 26, 2014 We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?  From outright hostility toward gays, from families throwing their children out of their homes upon discovering their sexual orientation, we now have at least the more progressive states endorsing not just gay rights but gay marriage.  To think otherwise nowadays marks you as some sort of reactionary, denying marriage equality to a people that allegedly make up ten percent of the population.   [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Andrew Scott on 'Pride,' Meeting Imelda Staunton and 'Playing Gay'

25 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Sometimes a movie takes an obscure event and really breathes life into it. "Pride" is one such movie, and Andrew Scott -- the 37-year-old Irish actor who you may know better as Moriarty from TV's "Sherlock" -- nails his understated role. Scott plays Gethin, boyfriend to Dominic West's Jonathan, and owner of Gay's the Word bookshop. As the only gay person in his village, Gethin is forced to leave home, and is ultimately estranged from his religious mother.

Director Matthew Warchus's feel-good dramedy tells of the alliance between gay activists and struggling Welsh miners under Margaret Thatcher's government. It's a story of coming together in adversity, and how our many differences might actually end up being a good thing.

Moviefone Canada spoke with Scott at the Toronto Film Festival, where we touched upon the relevance of "Pride" in modern times, playing "gay," and the joy of working with Imelda Staunton. »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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Pride and Prejudice: Andrew Scott leads a stellar UK cast in the new '80s activist dramedy

24 September 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

In the summer of 1984, a tense standoff between Margaret Thatcher and the striking National Union of Mineworkers was making headlines in Britain and around the world. The year-long industrial action ended with the strikers' returning to work and Thatcher's government pushing through their programme, which saw the closure of over 70 coal pits over the next several years. The bitter feelings leftover from the conflict still reverberate throughout Britain even 30 years later. You only need look at the various jubilant reactions to Thatcher's passing in 2012 to get a sense that, for some, the hurt is still as fresh as it was three decades ago.

There was (at the very least) one amazing and positive thing to come out of those dark days. Something that, until now, has somehow managed to fly under the radar for most. Amid the politically-driven news headlines, there were other, more devastating reports of poverty-stricken mining families struggling to make ends meet. »

- Emma Badame

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Andrew Scott on his role in 'Pride' and the perks of being Moriarty

24 September 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When Andrew Scott came upon a role in the upcoming film Pride, about gay and lesbian activists who lend support to striking miners in the mid-1980s, he was looking to do something more “low-key,” he told EW.

That certainly doesn’t describe the role that Sherlock fans associate with the Irish actor; Scott is perhaps most recognizable as Sherlock’s arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty, which he plays in sublimely outlandish and creepy fashion. His character in Pride, however, is miles away from Moriarty, the role that has gotten him complimentary desserts in restaurants and shocked reactions in elevators. 

Scott gives a quiet performance as Gethin, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Pride | Review

24 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Climate Was Changing: Warchus Revisits 80s Set Instance of Activism

British director Matthew Warchus first appeared in 1999 with his directorial debut, Simpatico, based on the Sam Shepard play. While it received a rather underwhelming response despite starring Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte and a supporting Sharon Stone, Warchus has been off the map for the past fifteen years until Pride. An insightful screenplay from first time writer Stephen Beresford is the first of many surprises in this well performed resuscitation of the 1984 UK mining strike, which examines the possibilities of tolerance and supporting those in need of assistance. Though its tale may seem merely a footnote in the long haul toward Lgbt equality, Warchus has concocted a relatable film meant to cross boundaries and audiences, and thankfully isn’t shackled down by its own good intentions.

In 1984 Britain, the National Union of Mineworkers called a series of strikes that crippled the government. »

- Nicholas Bell

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First Look: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette Shoot ‘Miss You Already’ (Exclusive)

24 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Variety has been given the trade exclusive on the first image from “Miss You Already,” which stars Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. Catherine Hardwicke’s relationship drama started lensing in the U.K. earlier this month.

Collette and Barrymore play Milly and Jess, who have been best friends since childhood. Their friendship is put to the test as Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer.

Pic also stars Dominic Cooper (“The Devil’s Double”) and Paddy Considine (“Pride”) as the men in their lives, and Jacqueline Bisset rounds out the stellar cast as Collette’s mother.

Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Thirteen”) directs from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks (“Damned,” “The Announcement”).

Principal photography started on Sept. 7, with shooting largely focused on London, and later moving to the Yorkshire Moors, England.

“I was trained as an architect and London is flat out inspiring. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Pride may be heading to West End, film earning standing ovations

23 September 2014 10:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Pride continues to win over audiences, word arrives that it might just be heading to the stage next...

Two weeks into its run at the UK box office, and the brilliant Pride is holding steady at number three, with nearly £2m in the bank so far. It opened slightly below what many of us expected, but word of mouth is building, and it dropped just 12% in its second week.

Furthermore, the Pride story seems to be only just beginning. Firstly, we've heard from lots of places that the movie itself is getting sizeable rounds of applause, and in a few cases - given to us anecdotally - standing ovations. We've seen the film again since it came out, and that's certainly our experience. We're not used to such things in Britain. It'll never catch on.

Secondly, there's somewhat inevitable talk of a West End transition for the story. Screenwriter »

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Pride could be set for West End, says writer: 'I think it could work'

23 September 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pride could be set for a West End adaptation.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford has confirmed that he is in talks with producers about reworking the film for the stage.

Beresford told London Live: "We have talked about that, yes, it has been discussed. I think it could work."

Pride, which charts the alliance between a group of Lgbt campaigners and the striking miners' union in 1980s Britain, has enjoyed both commercial and critical success since its opening.

Starring an ensemble cast including Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy and Dominic West, the film debuted in the UK box office at number three, taking over £718,000 in its first weekend on release.

Digital Spy recently sat down with Andrew Scott to discuss the contrast between his role in Pride and the outlandishly villainous Moriarty in Sherlock. Watch the video below: »

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Nick Frost Tops Doctor Who Christmas Special Guest List

19 September 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Confirming recently circulating rumors, the BBC announced today that Nick Frost will guest-star in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

Nick comments: “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream “No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”

Nick’s frequent partner in crime Simon Pegg appeared in the Eccleston adventure The Long Game as the Editor of Satellite Five, and servant of the Mighty Jagrafess of the Editor-in-Chief, the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe (And yes, I used cut and paste, there’s none of us perfect). Other members of the Pegg / Frost / Edgar Wright repertory company who have appeared on the series include Michael Smiley in »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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Pride marches over Riot Club on social networks

19 September 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Riot Club no match for feelgood comedy drama on social networks in the UK.

Matthew Warchus’s Pride has held the top slot of the social media buzz chart in the UK, according to Way to Blue.

The true story of gay activists who supported miners during the strike of 1984 generated more than 2,400 comments from Sept 4-10, with more than 45% of those expressing intent to view.

The film, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, opens across the UK last weekend.

Lone Scherfig’s British elite drama The Riot Club, starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin, had to settle for second place with just over 1,900 comments, with a healthy 41% intending to covert comments into cinema tickets.

Also opening this weekend, A Walk Among The Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson, secured just over 1,000 comments but only 10% of those expressed intent to view.

It was topped by Anton Corbijn spy thriller A Most Wanted Man, featuring the last »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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