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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’
She’s pert and beautiful, and stands out from her scuzzy town in the Scottish Highlands like a diamond on a plate of herring. Yet no one would look at Liusaidh, the 24-year-old heroine of “The Party’s Just Beginning,” and call her a princess. Played by Karen Gillan, the Scottish TV–actress–turned–blockbuster–costar, Liusaidh spends each day, sullen and glum, behind the cheese counter of a local supermarket: a go-nowhere job she despises. At night, she drinks like a fish (mostly hard liquor), until she’s trashed enough to go through her ritual of sinful deliverance. She’ll pick up a man, often a stranger — not someone at a bar, but someone right off the street — and have him take her roughly from behind. After that, she’ll scarf several helpings of greasy fries, stuffing them into her mouth as she walks along with greedy abandon. (It
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‘The Party’s Just Beginning’ Review: Karen Gillan’s Homegrown Drama Is a Directorial Debut That Promises Great Things — Tribeca

‘The Party’s Just Beginning’ Review: Karen Gillan’s Homegrown Drama Is a Directorial Debut That Promises Great Things — Tribeca
The opposite of a vanity project, actress Karen Gillan’s dramatic feature directorial debut “The Party’s Just Beginning” gives the former “Doctor Who” and current McU star the space to dig into a meaty role while also showing off her serious filmmaking chops. Set in Gillan’s own hometown of Inverness, the film uses the tragic history of the Scottish Highlands (which has the highest suicide rate in the U.K.) to spin out an intimate coming of age tale, bolstered by Gillan’s dark sense of humor and a firm understanding of how to play with narrative conventions. She’s got real style, and it shows in every minute of this particular party.

Fittingly enough, “The Party’s Just Beginning” opens at a rollicking pub, where a wasted Liusaidh (Gillan) is crooning out bad karaoke — half lyrics, half garbled manifesto. Candy pink subtitles stream across the screen, all
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Elizabeth Harvest’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Elizabeth Harvest’
During its first 10 minutes, “Elizabeth Harvest” is so tediously mannered, and lead player Abbey Lee’s performance is so listlessly affected, that an urge to bail is well-nigh irresistible. But then writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez pulls the rug and the floorboards right out from under you, and his impudently oddball gothic sci-fi melodrama lurches into a different groove. The disorienting impact of this early shock, coupled with the zig-zaggy progression of the time-tripping narrative, goes a long way toward distracting from a fairly conventional premise that ultimately asserts itself above all the flash and filigree. Indeed, you could describe the entire movie as an elaborate con job — and intend that appraisal as a compliment.

With the invaluable assistance of cinematographer Cale Finot, who precisely hits the sweet spot between futuristic sterility and rococo stylization, Gutierrez gives us a contemporary reimagining of the “Bluebeard” mythos set in the isolated mountain estate of a zillionaire research scientist.
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‘Elizabeth Harvest’ SXSW Clip: What’s Behind Door No. 1?

‘Elizabeth Harvest’ SXSW Clip: What’s Behind Door No. 1?
Exclusive: Sebastian Gutierrez returns to Austin for the fourth time to debut a film of his — this one is the sleek looking Elizabeth Harvest, a Gothic-vibed sci-fi pic starring Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee, Ciaran Hinds, Matthew Beard and longtime Gutierrez collaborator Carla Gugino. The riff on the Bluebeard folktale (with a little of Hitchcock’s Rebecca thrown in) centers on Elizabeth (Lee), who arrives with her brilliant new scientist husband Henry (Hinds) to his…
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Karen Gillan to receive rising star award

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Karen Gillan to receive rising star award
Guardians Of The Galaxy and Doctor Who star will be honoured at the Maui Film Festival.

Actress and director Karen Gillan will receive the rising star award at the 18th annual 2017 Maui Film Festival.

The event is held from June 21-25 at the Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii and the award will be presented to Gillan on June 24 at the Celestial Cinema.

It’s been a busy year for Gillan, who has appeared in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Circle with Tom Hanks, and has been shooting the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle opposite Dwayne Johnson.

She has also directed her first film, The Party’s Just Beginning. The cast includes Lee Pace and Matthew Beard, with filming taking place in Scotland.

Previous winners of the Maui award include Scott Eastwood, Garrett Hedlund and Brie Larson.

Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival, said: “Perfection and synchronicity in the Universe work in
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Voltage Pictures boards sales on 'Elizabeth Harvest' with Abbey Lee

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Voltage Pictures boards sales on 'Elizabeth Harvest' with Abbey Lee
Exclusive: Automatik, Motion Picture Capital producing elevated thriller with director Sebastian Gutierrez.

Voltage Pictures has come on board to handle international sales on the elevated thriller Elizabeth Harvest and will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Production began in Colombia last month on the story about obsession, betrayal and identity based on the French folktale of Bluebeard with a sci-fi twist.

Sebastian Gutierrez directs and previously wrote Gothika, Snakes On A Plane and The Eye, and directed Rise: Blood Hunter, among others.

Abbey Lee (pictured), Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, Matthew Beard, and Dylan Baker star in Elizabeth Harvest and CAA represents Us rights.

Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik, Motion Picture Capital, and Gutierrez. Motion Picture Capital is fully financing the project.

Voltage head Nicolas Chartier and president and COO Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producers.

“Elizabeth Harvest is such a special project for me, made even more extraordinary by Sebastian’s powerful
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Voltage Pictures boards sales on 'Elizabeth Harvest'

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Voltage Pictures boards sales on 'Elizabeth Harvest'
Exclusive: Automatik, Motion Picture Capital producing elevated thriller with director Sebastian Gutierrez.

Voltage Pictures has come on board to handle international sales on the elevated thriller Elizabeth Harvest and will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Production began in Colombia last month on the story about obsession, betrayal and identity based on the French folktale of Bluebeard with a sci-fi twist.

Sebastian Gutierrez directs and previously wrote Gothika, Snakes On A Plane and The Eye, and directed Rise: Blood Hunter, among others.

Abbey Lee (pictured), Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, Matthew Beard, and Dylan Baker star in Elizabeth Harvest and CAA represents Us rights.

Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik, Motion Picture Capital, and Gutierrez. Motion Picture Capital is fully financing the project.

Voltage head Nicolas Chartier and president and COO Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producers.

“Elizabeth Harvest is such a special project for me, made even more extraordinary by Sebastian’s powerful
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Karen Gillan Talks Directing Debut, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' and That 'Jumanji' Outfit (Q&A)

Karen Gillan Talks Directing Debut, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' and That 'Jumanji' Outfit (Q&A)
In a year that sees her star in The Circle, the Jumanji remake and reprise her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Scottish actress Karen Gillan is adding to an already rather tight schedule by embarking on her first feature behind the camera. 

Shooting began earlier this week on her as-yet-untitled debut (which was called Tupperware Party... more on that later), being produced by Mt. Hollywood Films in association with Synchronicity Films, in which Gillan stars alongside Lee Pace (The Hobbit), Matthew Beard (An Education, The Imitation Game), Paul Higgins (In the Loop), Siobhan Redmond (Alice Through The Looking...
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Karen Gillan updates on directing debut, Lee Pace joins cast

The Doctor Who star tells Screen why she was forced to ditch the Tupperware Party title.

New cast details and a change in title have been announced for Karen Gillan’s directing debut, backed by fledgling Us production outfit Mt. Hollywood Films.

The film, which Gillan also wrote and stars in, was previously called Tupperware Party but has reverted to working title Untitled Original Drama.

Gillan explained to Screen why she was forced to change the name.

“The title is currently in limbo”, she said. “Basically we had a title [Tupperware Party] and then realised that it was a brand name. That’s actually the name of the company that makes those tubs, so currently we’re deciding on a new title. I’m kind of digging the idea that we have to figure out a new title. I do believe that obstacles in creative situations often result in a better idea so I’m hoping that’s the case
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BBC Radio 4 announces 2 new Neil Gaiman dramas

Louisa Mellor Sep 26, 2016

Neverwhere prequel How The Marquis Got His Coat Back and Stardust are the next Neil Gaiman dramas coming to BBC Radio 4...

That BBC Radio 4 is following up its successful 2013 Neverwhere adaptation with a one-off audio dramatisation of a Neverwhere prequel short story has been something of an open secret* these past months.

How The Marquis Got His Coat Back produced and directed by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, featuring voice performances from Adrian Lester, Paterson Joseph, Don Warrington, Bernard Cribbins and more, will be broadcast in November.

BBC Radio 4 evidently hasn't finished raiding Gaiman's archives either. A two-part dramatisation of his 1999 novel Stardust, which was made into a 2007 film directed by Matthew Vaughan, will come to the airwaves this Christmas.

Matthew Beard and Sophie Rundle will be playing leads Tristan and Yvaine in the fantasy romance, which is recording this week in London. Joining them are Charlotte Riley,
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Hollywood Film Awards: Carey Mulligan to receive the Hollywood Actress Award for “Suffragette”

Carey Mulligan is one of many ladies fighting it out this year for a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars, but the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to give her a potential leg up in the race. Yes, she’s being honored with the Hollywood Actress Award for her performance in Suffragette. Being given this honor sets her apart in terms of precursor attention, and that’s always a factor. Mulligan is the best part of that movie, so this will surely remind folks of that. It remains to be seen if she can crack the lineup or not, but this is a step in the right direction and could suggest exciting things to come on the precursor circuit for her… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette
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Former Child Actor Moore Dead at 89: Kissed Temple, Was Married to MGM Musical Star Powell

Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gary Cooper, died in Connecticut on Sept. 7, '15 – five days before his 90th birthday. So far, news reports haven't specified the cause of death. According to a 2013 Boston Phoenix article about Moore's wife, MGM musical star Jane Powell, he had been “suffering from arthritis and bouts of dementia.” Dickie Moore movies At the behest of a persistent family friend, combined with the fact that his father was out of a job, Dickie Moore (born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles) made his film debut as an infant in Alan Crosland's 1927 costume drama The Beloved Rogue,
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British stars conquer Broadway by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-06-08 16:17:36

Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe in Peter Morgan's The Audience

Last night at the 69th Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall, British stars conquered Broadway, winning three of the four Best Play Performance categories, Best Revival of a Play and Best Play.

Nominees Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola with their dates (mums) for the Tony Awards. The Elephant Man stars will be flying back to London today to continue their run in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket through August 8. Photo: Alessandro Nivola

Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's mystery novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time won Best Play after newcomer Alex Sharp garnered Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. David Hare's Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard took home Best Revival of a Play.
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2015 Tony Awards Winners & Reactions: 'Fun Home' & 'Curious Incident' Win Big

"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth
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Tony Awards 2015: Winners List

The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!

Best Musical

Fun Home​ - Winner

An American in Paris

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner

Disgraced

Hand to God

Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P

Best Revival of a Musical

The King and I - Winner

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Best Revival of a Play

​Skylight​ - Winner

The Elephant Man

This Is Our Youth

You Can't Take It With You

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

John Rando, On the Town

Bartlett Sher,
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A British invasion on Broadway by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-06-07 16:18:01

Helen Mirren in Peter Morgan's The Audience

On this Sunday, June 7, 2015, the British invasion of film and theatre stars who crossed the Atlantic to Broadway will be honoured during the 69th Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, co-hosted by Scotland's own Alan Cumming. Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe for Peter Morgan's The Audience, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard for the revival of David Hare's Skylight, Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, and Nathaniel Parker for Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton's Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.

Even honorary Brits, Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson, who are nominated and currently starring in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London through August 8 are flying in for the ceremony.

Alessandro wrote on Thursday when I inquired about their plans for the Tony Awards. He responded: "Hi - yes
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‘Suffragette’ Trailer: First Look At Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter & Carey Mulligan Pic

‘Suffragette’ Trailer: First Look At Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter & Carey Mulligan Pic
Here’s the trailer for Suffragette, which reunites Meryl Streep and her BAFTA-nominated Iron Lady screenwriter Abi Morgan in Sarah Gavron’s drama about Britain’s long and sometimes violent move toward granting women the franchise beginning in the closing decade of the 19th century. Carey Mulligan is up for a Tony Award on Sunday for her performance in the acclaimed revival of David Hare’s Skylight, in which she co-stars with Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard. In the film, she…
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Theater Talk to Welcome Skylight's Tony Nominees This Weekend

In an all-new Theater Talk, the Tony-nominated stars of David Hare's romantic drama Skylight - Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan - talk about the acclaimed revival, in which they performed previously on the West End and have followed to Broadway this Spring. They share Skylight Tony nominations with fellow actor Matthew Beard, as well as playwright Hare, director Stephen Daldry, and Natasha Katz for Best Lighting.
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2015 Tony Awards Unveils Full List of Nominees!

Every year the theater industry honors the biggest and brightest stars and this morning (April 28) Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis announced the nominees for the 2015 Tony Awards.

Jumping out ahead of the pack, “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” each scored 12 shots at a trophy, while Bradley Cooper, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan and Kristin Chenoweth all nabbed nods.

The 2015 Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on June 7th, hosted by Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Disgraced

Hand to God

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Musical

An American in Paris

Fun Home

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Best Revival Of A Play

The Elephant Man

Skylight

This Is Our Youth

You Can’t Take It with You

Best Revival Of A Musical

The King and I

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Best Book Of
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And the 69th Annual Tony Award Nominees Are...

The nominations for the 69th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis, recognizing the best of the 2014–15 Broadway season. “Fun Home” and “Something Rotten!” dominated the musical categories, while “Hand to God,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” and the revival of “You Can’t Take It With You” were among the most recognized plays. Notable acting nominees include Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”), Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard (“Skylight”), Micah Stock (“It’s Only a Play”), Ben Miles (“Wolf Hall”) and Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola (“The Elephant Man”) in the play categories, as well as musical theater stars Tony Yazbek (“On the Town”), Michael Cerveris and Beth Malone (“Fun Home”), Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) and Kristin Chenoweth and Andy Karl (“On the Twentieth Century”). The winners will be crowned June 7 at
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