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Months of Meryl: "Out of Africa"

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#12 — Karen Blixen, aristocratic Danish author who owns a coffee plantation in Kenya during the first decades of the twentieth century.

John: Did Karen Blixen once have a farm in Africa? Like a marching zombie with arms outstretched, Karen intones this mantra via voiceover several times during Out of Africa, either because she remains in disbelief at her accomplishment or feels compelled to remind the viewer of a reason to focus on Ms. Blixen amid Sydney Pollack’s African travelogue.

Out of Africa tells the tale of Karen Blixen, a headstrong woman who relocates from Denmark to Kenya circa 1914 to marry her lover’s twin brother (Klaus Maria Brandauer), run a short-lived coffee plantation, and eventually fall in love with English game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). Out of Africa was a project that piqued but ultimately eluded such directors as Orson Welles,
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’: A look back at her sixth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’: A look back at her sixth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 6 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1984, after making three consecutive appearances in Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Meryl Streep was a no-show on nominations morning for her turn opposite Robert De Niro in “Falling in Love.” The odds of a Streep return to the ceremony looked strong, however, in 1985. Two projects were lined up, both awards-caliber on paper.

The first of these two projects landed with a whimper that September. “Plenty,” directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Fred Schepisi, with a screenplay by David Hare, cast Streep as an Englishwoman searching for fulfillment in life after serving with the French Resistance in World War II. While the film has its passionate defenders to this day,
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Underrated Boxing Movie You Should See: “Streets of Gold”

During the 80s when you think of boxing movies you’ll always think of the Rocky franchise. But there was one boxing movie in 1986 that featured a young Wesley Snipes in only his second featured film (first one was Wildcats) called Streets of Gold. The movie stars Klaus Maria Brandauer, the Oscar winner from “Out Of Africa,” as an alcoholic former boxing champion from Russia, a Jew who was the greatest Soviet fighter of his generation but who wasn’t allowed to fight outside Russia because of his religion. Now we meet him 10 years later, stumbling through the gutters of

Underrated Boxing Movie You Should See: “Streets of Gold
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‘Never Say Never Again’ is a fun look at an alternate vision of Bond films, but nothing more

Never Say Never Again

Directed by Irvin Kershner

Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.

United Kingdom, 1983

Never Say Never Again is, in many ways, the red-headed stepchild of the Bond family. Made by a different set of producers than the other 23 Bond films that had been made previously, the movie cannot be found on any Bond boxset, and really shares nothing with its fellow Bond films outside of the names of certain characters, as by 1983, Connery himself had long since hung up the tuxedo in favour of Roger Moore (whose Octopussy, which did come from Albert Broccoli and Co. , had been released earlier that very year, giving audiences a good chance to compare the two actors playing the same character). The primary question of this movie, then, becomes whether or not the Bond franchise benefits from being molded by a different pair of hands at its very core, and the answer
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Meryl Streep's worst Oscar-nominated performance comes to Netflix October 23

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Meryl Streep's worst Oscar-nominated performance comes to Netflix October 23
Since 1978, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award 19 times. They're mostly all incredibly deserved honors. Even the 19th-ranked one. But it's still 19th. And that movie is coming to Netflix October 23. Before we unveil her worst nomination, let's count up all her other nods. Consider it in a cleansing Silkwood shower before the radiation kicks in. 1. "Sophie's Choice": A cliched #1, but her confessional to Stingo and eerie relationship with that Kevin Kline-portrayed buffoon are chilling.  2. "Kramer vs. Kramer": That searing courtroom testimonial? She aced it. She also wrote it herself.  3. "A Cry in the Dark": Love Streep's stony resolve as Lindy Chamberlain, a media scapegoat whose story predates Monica Lewinsky's Ted talk by three decades.  4. "Silkwood": Karen got cooked and it was delicious. 5. "The Devil Wears Prada": Grimly hilarious and real-seeming. The way she utters, "Why isn't anybody rea-dy..." to squabbling magazine interns is legendary.
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13 Minutes review – a heartfelt study of a man who tried to Hitler

Oliver Hirschbiegel delivers a confident account of the life of Georg Elser, who made a failed attempt to bomb Adolf Hitler in 1939

Oliver Hirschbiegel is the director who made Downfall (2004), the grippingly claustrophobic account of Hitler’s final days in the bunker – but also the notoriously clunking biopic Diana (2013), starring Naomi Watts. This film puts Hirschbiegel back on surer ground: a workmanlike true-life study of Georg Elser, the carpenter who made a failed attempt on the life of Hitler in Munich in 1939; his bomb went off too late and Elser was captured and finally executed in Dachau in 1945. (He is also the subject of a 1989 movie entitled Seven Minutes, directed by its star, Klaus Maria Brandauer.)

Related: Berlin 2015 review: 13 Minutes – would-be Hitler assassin who never burns the toast

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13 Minutes review – a heartfelt study of a man who tried to Hitler

Oliver Hirschbiegel delivers a confident account of the life of Georg Elser, who made a failed attempt to bomb Adolf Hitler in 1939

Oliver Hirschbiegel is the director who made Downfall (2004), the grippingly claustrophobic account of Hitler’s final days in the bunker – but also the notoriously clunking biopic Diana (2013), starring Naomi Watts. This film puts Hirschbiegel back on surer ground: a workmanlike true-life study of Georg Elser, the carpenter who made a failed attempt on the life of Hitler in Munich in 1939; his bomb went off too late and Elser was captured and finally executed in Dachau in 1945. (He is also the subject of a 1989 movie entitled Seven Minutes, directed by its star, Klaus Maria Brandauer.)

Related: Berlin 2015 review: 13 Minutes – would-be Hitler assassin who never burns the toast

Continue reading...
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James Bond 007: revisiting Never Say Never Again

Sean Connery's last appearance as James Bond, and the last 'unofficial' 007 movie. We revisit Never Say Never Again...

So does this count? Never Say Never Again stirs many arguments by shaking up the official order, splitting fans on the issue of its legitimacy. Ruins pub quiz questions such as ‘How many actors have played M?’ due to the inevitable argument whether Edward Fox should be numbered. Put such issues aside and enjoy what remains: a sly, witty semi-pastiche that doesn’t attempt to recapture past glories but can easily hold its own alongside Diamonds Are Forever and Octopussy. And with much less swimming than Thunderball.

The Villain: Ignore Emilo: Maximillian Largo is his own maniac. Short, tubby, lanky blond hair receding, Largo is Draco Malfoy gone to seed. Easily visualised shuffling around Comic Con, accompanied by Mr Kidd and the reformed Jaws. Yet Largo is one of the film’s strengths.
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Cannes: 'Ida' scribe joins Bojanov's 'I Want To Be Like You'

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Cannes: 'Ida' scribe joins Bojanov's 'I Want To Be Like You'
Latido Films taking drama starring Barry Keoghan and Klaus Maria Brandauer to the Cannes Marche.

British writer Rebecca Lenckiewicz has joined Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov on drama I Want To Be Like You. It marks Lenckiewicz’s first feature co-writing Oscar-winner Ida with director Pawel Pawlikowski.

Bojanov will shoot the coming-of-age drama this July on location in and around Copenhagen, the UK’s West Midlands and Belgium.

The film has a budget of $2.2m (€2m) and is a production partnership between Toolbox Film in Copenhagen, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm.

The young cast is led by Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who featured in Yann Demmange’s ’71. He more recently appeared in Mammal by Rebecca Daly, Trespass Against Us by Adam Smith, and Norfolk, directed by Martin Radich.

Opposite him in the role of Piri is Danish actor Thure Lindhardt, best known roles in Fast and Furious 6, Angels
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‘Ida’s’ Lenkiewicz, Bojanov Team For I Want To Be Like You’

‘Ida’s’ Lenkiewicz, Bojanov Team For I Want To Be Like You’
Rebecca Lenkiewicz, co-scribe of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Academy Award-winning “Ida,” is teaming with Bulgarian helmer Konstantin Bojanov for his latest film, “I Want to Be Like You,” toplining Klaus Maria Brandauer, star of Sydney Pollack’s “Out of Africa” and Istvan Szabo’s “Mephisto,” and Barry Keoghan, who headlined Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s “Stay.”

Moving ever more from its Spanish-language focus into select acquisition of European titles, Madrid-based Latido Films will introduce “I Want to Be Like You” to international distributors at next week’s Cannes Film Market.

“Like You” is the sophomore outing as a director and first English-language feature for Bojanov, who debuted in Cannes with “Ave,” which played Critics’ Week. Last year, Bojanov was named a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move.

Copenhagen’s Toolbox Film, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm produce.

Producers have already closed pre-sales
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‘13 Minutes’ Helmer Says Hitler’s Would-Be Killer Was Like Snowden – Berlin

‘13 Minutes’ Helmer Says Hitler’s Would-Be Killer Was Like Snowden – Berlin
Sony Pictures Classics acquired North and Latin American distribution rights to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Nazi-era drama 13 Minutes early on at the Berlin Film Festival. The story of Georg Elser, who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939, has its official screening out of competition today and was met with high praise from the press corps this morning. This is a return to familiar territory for the Oscar-nominated Downfall director after 2013’s savaged English-language biopic Diana.

A compelling portrait of the resistance fighter, 13 Minutes is not the first time Elser’s story has come to the screen, but is a rarity. Klaus Maria Brandauer starred in and directed Seven Minutes in 1989 which focused more on the building of Elser’s poorly-timed bomb. The failed deed was put in motion during a speech given by Hitler for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The bomb Elser had placed behind the lectern detonated
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Berlin Film Review: ’13 Minutes’

Berlin Film Review: ’13 Minutes’
Before making yet another film about the Third Reich, it would be wise for filmmakers to ask why. Is it to “never forget,” or is it because there always seems to be funding available for a Nazi pic? Oliver Hirschbiegel’s cinematic return to the era, “13 Minutes,” resurrects the story of Georg Elser, Hitler’s would-be assassin in 1939, yet as with countless films set in the period, the absence of subtlety combined with predictable dollops of sentimentalism once again trivialize events in the name of making them understandable. Unsurprisingly, international sales have been brisk, and Sony Classics’ early Berlinale pickup indicates confidence in the possibilities for a full-scale U.S. rollout.

Why is it taking so long for people to question whether a constant stream of trite movies on major subjects is really the best way to commemorate a tragedy? The answer, unfortunately, is that simplistic movies make the unfathomable comprehensible,
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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket,
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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'Out of Africa' Out of Africa (1985) is an unusual Robert Redford star vehicle in that the film's actual lead isn't Redford, but Meryl Streep -- at the time seen as sort of a Bette Davis-Alec Guinness mix: like Davis, Streep received a whole bunch of Academy Award nominations within the span of a few years: from 1978-1985, she was shortlisted for no less than six movies.* Like Guinness, Streep could transform
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Disney Plans 'White Fang' Remake with 'Motorcycle Diaries' Writer

Disney Plans 'White Fang' Remake with 'Motorcycle Diaries' Writer
Disney is revisiting the classic Jack London story White Fang with a new adaptation, more than 20 years after the 1991 movie starring Ethan Hawke made its debut in theaters.

Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) has been tasked with writing the screenplay, which will be a modern-day adaptation based on the Jack London novel. The 1991 movie White Fang was set at the turn of the 20th Century, centering on a young Alaskan man (Ethan Hawke) who befriends a wolf dog during the Gold Rush, as they get into a number of adventures involving starving wolves, grizzly bears, dog fighters and Aboriginal settlers. That adventure spawned the 1994 sequel White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf.

The original novel was set in Canada's Yukon Territory, and told through the perspective of the wolf dog and his story of survival. The title animal's rescue from dogfighters by a young man was only
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Berlin: Klaus Maria Brandauer Takes German Acting Prize for Alzheimer’s Drama

Berlin: Klaus Maria Brandauer Takes German Acting Prize for Alzheimer’s Drama
Berlin — Klaus Maria Brandauer took the lead actor prize at the German Screen Actors’ Guild awards Monday in Berlin.

Brandauer won for “Die Ausloschung” (Blank), which is about a man struggling with Alzheimer’s and the social stigma that goes with it. Red Arrow Intl. is selling the TV movie.

Lead actress prize went to Julia Koschitz for Johannes Fabrick’s “Pass gut auf ihn auf” (Take Good Care of Him). Zdf Enterprises reps the TV movie, which is about a woman with an incurable illness.

Kudo for actress in a supporting role went to Christine Schorn for Andre Erkau’s tragicomedy “Das Leben ist nichts fur Feiglinge” (Life’s No Piece of Cake). The feature film is repped by EastWest Filmdistribution.

Actor in a supporting role prize was picked up by Michael Maertens for the film “Finsterworld,” which Global Screen is selling.

Other Awards

Up-and-coming actress

Emilia Schuele for
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Berlin: Klaus Maria Brandauer Takes German Acting Prize for Alzheimer’s Drama

Berlin: Klaus Maria Brandauer Takes German Acting Prize for Alzheimer’s Drama
Berlin — Klaus Maria Brandauer took the lead actor prize at the German Screen Actors’ Guild awards Monday in Berlin.

Brandauer won for “Die Ausloschung” (Blank), which is about a man struggling with Alzheimer’s and the social stigma that goes with it. Red Arrow Intl. is selling the TV movie.

Lead actress prize went to Julia Koschitz for Johannes Fabrick’s “Pass gut auf ihn auf” (Take Good Care of Him). Zdf Enterprises reps the TV movie, which is about a woman with an incurable illness.

Kudo for actress in a supporting role went to Christine Schorn for Andre Erkau’s tragicomedy “Das Leben ist nichts fur Feiglinge” (Life’s No Piece of Cake). The feature film is repped by EastWest Filmdistribution.

Actor in a supporting role prize was picked up by Michael Maertens for the film “Finsterworld,” which Global Screen is selling.

Other Awards

Up-and-coming actress

Emilia Schuele for
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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise.
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Physician producers open to sequels

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Physician producers open to sequels
Beta sells other territories on the film based on Noah Gordon’s trilogy of books.

The Physician’s producers Wolf Bauer and Nico Hofmann have indicated that they may take on the other two books of Noah Gordon’s trilogy, of which The Physician is the first part: Matters Of Choice and Shaman.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily ahead of the world premiere of The Physician in Berlin on Monday evening, Bauer explained: “We have discussed this with Noah Gordon and would have access [to the properties].”

“But we won’t have this discussion before the film has reached 3m admissions in Germany and Spain,” said Bauer, who is currently reading Shaman for the seventh time.

Moreover, the producers would have freedom in casting since Shaman is set in the 19th century some 800 years after the events in The Physician.

Hofmann revealed that, as part of the film’s financing from broadcaster Ard Degeto, a longer
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