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Best films of 2018 so far

The very best of 2018, from Black Panther rewriting the rules for superheroes, Gary Oldman going to war as Churchill, and Maxine Peake blazing her way through 70s sexism

Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson, and the billionaire’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom – a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.
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EOne Picks Up Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ for November Release in U.K.

Entertainment One has taken U.K. rights to Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo” and has scheduled a Nov. 2 release, Variety has confirmed.

Amazon Studios is handling U.S. distribution on the period film. At Cinemacon in Las Vegas last month, Amazon’s head of marketing and distribution, Bob Berney, revealed that “Peterloo” would be making a play at the fall film festivals, with an eye on a domestic theatrical release in November. The U.K. scheduling would fit into that plan.

“Peterloo” tells the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, when many working-class people were injured and killed. Leigh has described the massacre as having a universal significance that is becoming “ever more relevant in our own turbulent times.”

The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Leo Bill, Teresa Mahoney and Tim McInnerny.

Leigh has been nominated for seven Oscars,
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'Peterloo' to get UK release via Entertainment One in November

'Peterloo' to get UK release via Entertainment One in November
Maxine Peake leads historical drama.

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo will be released in the UK by Entertainment One on November 2, 2018.

Cornerstone Films is handling sales on the project. Amazon Studios is financing and will distribute in the Us.

Maxine Peake leads an ensemble cast in the film, which explores the infamous events of the Peterloo massacre in 1819, when British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester, killing at least 15 people.

The film was a surprise omission from the Cannes official line-up this year and is now hotly-tipped to premiere at Venice in autumn, where Leigh won the Golden Lion in 2004 for Vera Drake.
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First look at William McGregor's 'Gwen' with Eleanor Worthington-Cox (exclusive)

First look at William McGregor's 'Gwen' with Eleanor Worthington-Cox (exclusive)
Maxine Peake also stars in 19th century drama

Screen can unveil a first look at William McGregor’s debut feature Gwen, which was taken to Cannes this year as part of the BFI, BBC Films, Film4 and British Council’s showcase Great 8.

The event, which took place last week, presented eight upcoming UK indie titles to a select group of Cannes buyers. The other titles were: Beats, Eternal Beauty, Ilkley, Only You, Tell It To The Bees, We Don’t Talk About Love, and White Riot. According to an attendee, Gwen was one of the best-received presentations.

The film stars
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Moviehouse boosts Cannes slate with 'A War Story' (exclusive)

John Laing’s film follows journalist Peter Arnett in his pursuit of an interview with the then little-known Osama bin Laden.

UK outfit Moviehouse Entertainment has added New Zealand drama A War Story to its Cannes sales slate.

Directed by John Laing and produced by James Heyward and Chris Hampson, the film stars John Leigh (The Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers) as Pulitzer Prize-winning CNN reporter Peter Arnett, who embarks on a life-defining pursuit for an interview with the then little-known Osama bin Laden.

The deal was negotiated by A War Story executive producer Grant Bradley, who commented: “We
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Black Mirror: Season Four Viewer Votes

How does the fourth season of the Black Mirror TV show reflect upon Netflix? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether TV shows are cancelled or renewed. Netflix and other streaming platforms, however, collect their own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about the Black Mirror season four episodes. We invite you to rate them for us, below. A Netflix sci-fi anthology series, the fourth season of Black Mirror stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemmons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright, Maxine Peake, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague, Michaela Coel, Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Georgina Campbell, George Blagden, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer, Douglas Hodge, and Babs Olusanmokun. The satirical psychological thriller delves into post-modern themes related to paranoia of technology.
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Black Mirror: Is the Netflix TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five?

Vulture Watch Will technology save or doom the human race? Has the Black Mirror TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Black Mirror, season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? A Netflix sci-fi anthology series, the fourth season of Black Mirror stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemmons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright, Maxine Peake, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague, Michaela Coel, Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Georgina Campbell, George Blagden, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer, Douglas Hodge, and Babs Olusanmokun. The satirical psychological thriller delves into post-modern themes related to paranoia of technology. Read
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Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ Eyes Fall Festival Run & Theatrical Release – Amazon Studios At CinemaCon

Amazon Studios marketing and distribution boss Bob Berney revealed that Mike Leigh’s Peterloo will be making a play at the fall film festivals with an eye on a November theatrical release. Pic follows the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear, Teresa Mahoney and Leo Bill star. Leigh is a even-time Oscar nominee for movies including Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, Happy Go Lucky
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'Rampage' stays top of sun-burned UK box office

Substantial drops across the top 10 recorded as good weather hits the UK.

Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Rampage (Warner Bros) £1.4m £6.5m 2 2 A Quiet Place (Paramount) £1m £8.3m 3 3 The Guernsey Literary And… (Studiocanal) £824,847 £824,847 1 4 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £502,000 £15.4m 4 5 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £486,000 £38.9m 6

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.40

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The UK basked in the country’s first spell of warm weather of 2018 and it wasn’t good news for the box office this weekend.

Rampage stayed top despite falling a substantial 55%, a drop that was consistent across the majority of titles on releases this weekend.
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Funny Cow review – grit and wit

Maxine Peake is magnificent in Adrian Shergold’s unflinching drama about a standup on the 70s northern club circuit

There are several moments in this astringently uncomfortable tragicomedy – which boasts a blistering central performance by Maxine Peake – that will leave audiences squirming and divided. Funny Cow follows the changing fortunes of a standup comic finding her feet in the northern working men’s clubs of the 70s. It has been described by writer and co-star Tony Pitts as “an unblinking obituary” and “unsentimental commentary” on the culture in which he grew up. Some will be shocked by Peake’s “Funny Cow” (we know her only by her stage name), winning round hostile audiences with un-pc gags that were once the backbone of the British club circuit. Others will simply nod in resigned recognition at this hard-knocks world in which “it’s not about being funny, it’s about surviving”.

There
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Apr 20

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The Leisure Seeker [IMDb]

Francesca Archibugi cowrites this dramedy about an elderly couple on an Rv adventure. Costarring Helen Mirren. (male director)

Every Day [my review]

Angourie Rice stars as a teenager who falls in love with a soul that inhabits a different body every day. (male writer and director)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [my review]

Lily James stars as a writer who uncovers an untold story of British endurance during World War II. Costarring Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, and Penelope Wilton. (male writers and director)

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Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) [my review]

Juliette Binoche stars as a woman seeking new love at midlife. Directed by Claire Denis; written by Denis and Christine Angot.

Never Steady, Never Still [IMDb] pictured

Shirley Henderson costars in this domestic drama about a woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn.

Funny Cow [my review]

Maxine Peake stars in
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Funny Cow movie review: standing up for herself

MaryAnn’s quick take… This is scorched-earth cinema that challenges us to find moments of grace and triumph among misery, cruelty, and emotional frugality. Maxine Peake is absolutely incendiary. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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There are movies — rare as they are — about women who do not compromise and make no apologies. And then there’s Funny Cow, as blistering and caustic a film about a no-bullshit woman clawing her way through a man’s world as I’ve ever seen.

This faux biopic of an unnamed (fictional) famous stand-up comic (Maxine Peake) “presumes” that the audience is already aware of who she is, and so it’s not about her work; this is most definitely not a comedy.
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Movie Review – Funny Cow (2017)

Funny Cow, 2017.

Directed by Adrian Shergold.

Starring Maxine Peake, Tony Pitts, Paddy Considine, Alun Armstrong, Stephen Graham, and Lindsay Coulson.

Synopsis:

In the 1970s, a female stand up with the stage name of Funny Cow struggles to make a name for herself on the club circuit, where women on stage are expected to be either singers or strippers. She’s discouraged by a veteran comedian and her husband is determined she should stay at home, but she won’t allow anything to stand in her way. In her own words, she doesn’t have a backbone. She has a funny bone.

Director Adrian Shergold doesn’t make many films for the cinema. His usual stomping ground is television and his last feature film was thirteen years ago. That was the grim Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, with a great central performance from Timothy Spall. In Funny Cow, he gives us another dour story,
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Great Point Boards Sales On Maxine Peake Movie From ‘Deep State’ Producer Endor

Exclusive: Great Point Media has boarded international sales on the latest feature from Deep State and State Of Play (TV) producer Endor Productions, I can reveal. Bafta-nominated actress Maxine Peake (Funny Cow, The Falling) stars in the BFI-backed Gothic mystery alongside Britannia actress Eleanor Worthington-Cox, the youngest recipient of the best actress Laurence Olivier award for her role of the theatre production of Matilda, and newcomer Jodie Innes. Buzzed-about…
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Black Mirror: Season Five; Netflix Series Filming New Episodes

What's next for Black Mirror? RadioTimes reports the Netflix series is currently filming its fifth season.Created by Charlie Brooker, the anthology drama takes a dark, satirical look at society’s relationship with technology. Season four, which premiered last year, starred Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemmons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright, and Maxine Peake.Read More…
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Trailer Watch: Maxine Peake Hits the Stand-Up Scene in “Funny Cow”

“Funny Cow”

Life has always been “too much and not enough” for Maxine Peake’s character in “Funny Cow.” It’s only on-stage — and out of the reach of her abusive husband — that she seems to strike the right balance. It’s there that she reclaims the sexist moniker of “Funny Cow.” Set in the 1970s, the film is set in the male-dominated Northern England comedy scene.

“When I was a kid I was funny, and I thought, ‘That’s what I’ll do — it’ll be my job to make ’em laugh,’” says Funny Cow. But her life as an adult sees her using comedy to cope with a husband who beats her. Despite being told that stand-up is “not a job for a woman” and warned that an audience will “tear [her] to pieces,” Funny Cow is determined to try her hand at telling jokes professionally. And it turns
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Sundance Winner Desiree Akhavan to Write, Direct, and Star in Comedy Series “The Bisexual”

Akhavan: MetFilm School/YouTube

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” co-writer and director Desiree Akhavan has a TV series on the way. Titled “The Bisexual,” her first project on the small screen sees her writing, directing, and starring in a comedy that “explores the differences between dating men and women from the perspective of a person who finds herself doing both,” according to a press release that announced the news. The six -part series is set to stream on Hulu in the U.S. and will air on Channel 4 in the UK.

The Bisexual” follows New Yorker Leila (Akhavan), who is feeling lost in London after her 10-year relationship with her girlfriend and business partner (Maxine Peake) comes to an end. Forced to move out of their shared apartment, Leila decides to rent a room from a neurotic novelist (Brian Gleeson) who ends up serving as a wingman for her.
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Black Mirror: Season Five; Netflix Renews UK Sci-Fi Series

Ready for some more reflections on life in the modern age? Netflix has renewed its Black Mirror TV show for a fifth season. Watch the renewal announcement, below. A Netflix sci-fi anthology series, the fourth season of Black Mirror stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemmons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright, Maxine Peake, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague, Michaela Coel, Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Georgina Campbell, George Blagden, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer, Douglas Hodge, and Babs Olusanmokun. The satirical psychological thriller delves into post-modern themes related to paranoia of technology. Read More…
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‘Black Mirror’ Renewed for Season 5 at Netflix

Netflix has renewed “Black Mirror” for a fifth season, the streaming giant announced Monday.

The sci-fi anthology series is famous for exploring the dark impact new technology can have on the modern world. The first two seasons of the show aired on Channel 4 in Britain before Netflix picked it up for its third and fourth seasons. Season 4 was released on Dec. 29. A premiere date and episode count for Season 5 will be announced at a later date.

The series has received widespread critical acclaim, winning two Emmy Awards for the third season episode “San Junipero.” Season 4, meanwhile has a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes,
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‘Black Mirror’ Renewed For Season 5 By Netflix

Netflix has ordered a fifth season of Charlie Brooker’s praised dark anthology series Black Mirror. No word yet on the number of episodes. In the series, each episode employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the collision of mankind with the unforgiving technology they have created. Season four featured episodes including space thriller “USS Callister” starring Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons, romcom “Hang The DJ”, Maxine Peake-fronted black and white…
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