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Exclusive: Aml Ameen & Shantol Jackson on Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie

  • HeyUGuys
Marking the directorial debut of Idris Elba, Yardie hits cinemas this weekend and to celebrate that very fact, we sat down with the film’s leading two stars, Aml Ameen and Shantol Jackson.

Ameen begins by discussing the humanisation of gangsters and why feels this project reminded him of films like Goodfellas. He also praises the talents of Elba from behind the lens – which is a sentiment echoed by Jackson, who also admits that when she first auditioned for the role she had no idea the acting giant was on directing duty.

Ameen, who is a Londoner, speaks about the profound and relevant aspect to this film born out of the recent political scandal concerning the Windrush generation, and why he feels this film is a true celebration of the English capital, and the multiculturalism that exists in London.

Meanwhile, Jackson talks up the benefits of texting Ameen during the shoot in character,
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1954 Oscar Flashback: Judy Garland classic from ‘A Star is Born’ loses Best Original Song to Frank Sinatra standard

1954 Oscar Flashback: Judy Garland classic from ‘A Star is Born’ loses Best Original Song to Frank Sinatra standard
This article marks Part 6 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the Academy Awards winners.

The 1954 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

The High and the Mighty” from “The High and the Mighty

“The Man That Got Away” from “A Star Is Born

“Hold My Hand” from “Susan Slept Here

Three Coins in the Fountain” from “Three Coins in the Fountain

“Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” from “White Christmas

Won: “Three Coins in the Fountain” from “Three Coins in the Fountain

Should’ve won: “The Man That Got Away” from “A Star Is Born

Sure, the 1954 Oscar ceremony could have gone a lot worse. “On the Waterfront” and leading man Marlon Brando could have, for instance, fallen
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Premiere Interviews: Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie

We present our red carpet interviews with Everaldo Creary, Adnan Mustafa, Sheldon Shepherd, Akin Gazi, Duramaney Kamara, Shantol Jackson and writer Brock Norman Brock at the Premiere of Idris Elba’s movie Yardie starring Aml Ameen and Stephen Graham.

Colin Hart and Scott Davis were our crew on the carpet, here’s how they got on.

Yardie Premiere Interviews

Yardie is released in the UK on the 24th of August.

Plot: Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he
See full article at HeyUGuys »

David Ladd At "Shane" Screening, Beverly Hills, August 26

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills will be presenting a Digital Cinema Package (Dcp) screening of George Stevens’s 1953 film Shane. The 118-minute film, which stars Alan Ladd as the hero and Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Elisha Cook, Jr., will be screened on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, actor/producer David Ladd (son of actor Alan Ladd) will participate in a Q&A after the screening at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Sunday, August 26.

From the press release:

Shane (1953)

65th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, August 26, at 3 Pm

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Q&A with David Ladd, Actor-Producer and Son of Alan Ladd

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 65th anniversary screening of one of the most beloved Westerns of all time, George Stevens’ production of 'Shane.' The 1950s happened to be a golden age for cowboy sagas,
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1950s, including ‘Mona Lisa,’ ‘High Noon’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1950s, including ‘Mona Lisa,’ ‘High Noon’
This article marks Part 5 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the Academy Awards winners.

The 1950 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Mona Lisa” from “Captain Carey, U.S.A.”

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from “Cinderella

“Mule Train” from “Singing Guns”

“Be My Love” from “The Toast of New Orleans”

“Wilhelmina” from “Wabash Avenue”

Won and should’ve won: “Mona Lisa” from “Captain Carey, U.S.A. ”

Best Original Song in 1950 underwhelms a bit, with really only two particularly memorable nominees – one, the winning “Mona Lisa,” and second, the catchy-as-can-be “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”

“Mona Lisa,” featured in the forgettable Alan Ladd war picture “Captain Carey, U.S.A.,” is performed sumptuously here by the always-marvelous Nat King Cole. His performance, coupled with the rich orchestrations,
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Fred Zinnemann’s Day Of The Jackal Available on Blu-ray September 25th From Arrow Video

Day Of The Jackal will be available on Blu-ray September 25th from Arrow Video

In 1971, Frederick Forsyth shot to bestseller status with his debut novel, The Day of the Jackal taut, utterly plausible, almost documentarian in its realism and attention to detail. Two years later, director Fred Zinnemann (High Noon) turned a gripping novel into a nail-biting cinematic experience.

August 1962: the latest attempt on the life of French President Charles de Gaulle by the far right paramilitary organization, the Oas, ends in chaos, with its architect-in-chief dead at the hands of a firing squad. Demoralized and on the verge of bankruptcy, the Oas leaders meet in secret to plan their next move. In a last desperate attempt to eliminate de Gaulle, they opt to employ the services of a hired assassin from outside the fold. Enter the Jackal: charismatic, calculating, cold as ice. As the Jackal closes in on his target,
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TVLine Items: The Flash Adds Female Spin, Fox's Manson Special and More

TVLine Items: The Flash Adds Female Spin, Fox's Manson Special and More
The Flash is putting a female spin on, well, Spin.

Kiana Madeira (Facebook’s Sacred Lies) will recur during Season 5 of the CW series as Spencer Young (aka Spin), who was originally a male character in the DC comics, our sister site Deadline reports.

The show’s iteration of Spencer — who first appears in Episode 4 of the upcoming season — is an aspiring social media influencer who seizes the opportunity to make herself famous when she discovers there’s a new hero in Central City.

The Flash Season 5 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets?
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ESPN Canceling ‘SportsNation’ As Part Of Afternoon Lineup Changes

  • Deadline
ESPN said the final episode of its long-running afternoon show SportsNation will air August 24, part of a revamp of the sports network’s afternoon lineup that includes adding a live edition of SportsCenter and shifting High Noon to a half-hour format. The full new schedule will debut September 11.

“SportsNation has been a staple of our afternoon lineup for years, and while we felt it was time for a change, the collection of talented, creative people and content associated with that show has been extremely impressive and groundbreaking in many ways,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s Evp Production and Executive Editor, in sharing the news today.

SportsNation launched in 2009 with Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle co-hosting the show based on ESPN’s polls and fan forum section on ESPN.com. The current incarnation is
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in August 2018

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in August, including the first season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” John Krasinski, who is red-hot following the success of his winter hit “A Quiet Place,” takes on the role of the CIA spy that has been played on the big screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video including the action comedy “Gringo,” which stars David Oyelowo as a businessman who unwittingly becomes involved with a Mexican drug cartel.

Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and unearthed a few titles that will be exiting Amazon Prime Video in the first week of August. News
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in August

  • The Wrap
Documentary fans, get ready to queue up Hulu next month with the arrival of two originals on the streamer.

Minding the Gap” (pictured above) will drop on Aug.17, a documentary that compiles more than 12 years of footage in Rockford, Illinois, filmmaker Bing Liu looks at the correlation between skateboarders’ upbringings and the complex nature of modern masculinity.

Crime and Punishment” will follow, dropping on Aug. 24. Stephen Maing directed, produced and filmed this documentary that goes behind the scenes of discriminatory policing practices and corruption in the New York Police Department.

Also Read: Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' TV Series Heads to Hulu

Additionally, Hulu users can enjoy “10 Things I Hate About You” starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles on Aug. 1 (at least the ones who have the Showtime add-on), 2004’s “Hidalgo,” 2008’s “The Hurt Locker” and more throughout the month.

See the complete list of what’s coming to and leaving Hulu below.
See full article at The Wrap »

Idris Elba’s Yardie gets a batch of new posters

Following the release of a new trailer and images earlier this month [see here], we now have a batch of new posters for Idris Elba’s upcoming crime drama Yardie; check them out here…

See Also: Read our Sundance London review of Yardie here

Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus and Bill Murray Toast AFI Honoree George Clooney

  • Variety
Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus and Bill Murray Toast AFI Honoree George Clooney
Hollywood’s elite turned out Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars, to pay tribute to George Clooney, this year’s American Film Institute Life Achievement Award recipient. Faces in the crowd included Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, CBSLeslie Moonves and Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos, just to name a few.

Diane Keaton, last year’s AFI honoree, took the stage early to marvel at Clooney’s distant relationship with former president Abraham Lincoln and rib him over that “Killer Tomatoes” sequel he’s never quite lived down. Laura Dern remembered cutting her teeth with Clooney in failed horror project “Grizzly II: The Concert.” Jimmy Kimmel, returning to the Dolby stage for the first time since the 90th annual Academy Awards in March, regaled with stories of “rascal” Clooney’s infamous practical jokes, which have apparently included sending packages to Brad Pitt labeled “the porn that you ordered.
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Main trailer arrives for Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie

Tonight see’s Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie receives it’s Sundance Film Festival UK Premiere. To celebrate Studiocanal has released the full main trailer alongside some new images from the film.

Adapted from Victor Headley’s cult novel of the same name, Yardie follows the story of a young Jamaican named ‘D’ (Aml Ameen) who, on arriving in early 1980s London, unexpectedly finds the young man who assassinated his revered brother back in Jamaica ten years before. His quest for justice explodes into a violent street war that could end up killing him and his loved ones.

The film stars Aml Ameen, Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham.

Also in trailers – Shaquille O’Neal & Tiffany Haddish go old school in trailer for Uncle Drew

The film is scheduled for a UK release in 2018

Yardie Official Synopsis

Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the
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New trailer and images for Idris Elba’s Yardie

Ahead of its UK premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival, a new trailer and batch of images have arrived online for the upcoming adaptation of Victor Headley’s novel Yardie. The crime drama marks the features directorial debut for Idris Elba and stars Aml Ameen, Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson, and Stephen Graham; take a look here…

Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Last Chance Filmstruck: Unzipped, High Noon, Metropolis, Etc...

by Nathaniel R

Are you going to wait for the train downstairs? Why don't you wait here?"

-Katy Jurado to Grace Kelly in High Noon (leaves Filmstruck May 31st)

Y'all. I have a really really hard time with how quickly titles come and go on so many different streaming services. Ugh! I do not like other people curating my movies for me. I'm too much of my own cinephile for that. I want to see what I want to see when I want to see it and usually for highly specific reasons that don't go well with the timetables of corporations! Nevertheless the world is not made to cater to my personal whims (imagine that!?) so I've had to adapt. I have ponied up for FilmStruck and its Criterion Channel entirely because they have more classics than other streaming services. This still hasn't remotely solved all the "where to find things" woes.
See full article at FilmExperience »

‘Westworld': Shogun World Reflects Ties Between Samurai Films and Westerns

‘Westworld': Shogun World Reflects Ties Between Samurai Films and Westerns
This week’s episode of “Westworld” finally took us to Shogun World, where Maeve discovered Akane, her geisha counterpart.

“We may have cribbed a little bit from Westworld,” admitted buffoonish programmer Lee Sizemore. “You try writing 300 stories in three weeks!”

Don’t worry, Lee: Westerns and samurai films did plenty of cribbing from each other, too. With Shogun World, “Westworld” creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan winked at decades of cultural crossover between Western directors like John Sturges and samurai auteurs like Akira Kurosawa.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Thandie Newton Tells Us Why Maeve's Superpower Went Into Overdrive in Shogun World

Some of the most famous Westerns ever made were adaptations of samurai films: Sturges’ “The Magnificent Seven” was Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai” with gunslingers instead of ronin. Clint Eastwood’s famous “Man With No Name” in Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars” is based on the
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High Noon Entertainment Ups Scott Feeley To President

  • Deadline
High Noon Entertainment has promoted veteran exec Scott Feeley to President.

In his expanded role, Feeley continues to oversee all creative – from development to current – and now adds the responsibility of day-to-day operations of the Denver, Los Angeles and New York offices. He’ll remain charged with creating original formats and generating new character driven series for broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. Feeley will continue to report directly to and work creatively alongside Chief Executive Officer Jim Berger. With Berger, he will continue to executive produce all High Noon series and specials and oversee production across all operations.

Since joining High Noon in 2006, Feeley has shepherded over 100 pilots, specials and series. Currently, he supervises a busy production slate that includes 15 series and 25 pilots, including ratings hit Fixer Upper (Hgtv), Cake Boss (TLC), Von Miller’s Studio 58 (Facebook), Good Bones (Hgtv), Restored by the Fords (Hgtv), Flip or Flop Vegas (Hgtv), Boise Boys (Hgtv), among others.
See full article at Deadline »

‘Lean on Pete’ and ‘The Rider’: Two Bold Westerns Show What Foreign-Born Directors Can Bring to the Genre

‘Lean on Pete’ and ‘The Rider’: Two Bold Westerns Show What Foreign-Born Directors Can Bring to the Genre
The best Westerns often come from outsiders. Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winner “High Noon,” Fritz Lang’s “Rancho Notorious,” William Wyler’s “The Big Country,” Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” — all from Germans and Austrians. And of course, Sergio Leone’s classics starring Clint Eastwood were filmed by an Italian in Spain.

Now we can add U.K. filmmaker Andrew Haigh and China-born Chloé Zhao to their number. Neither set out to comment on classic western genre tropes with “Lean on Pete” (A24) and “The Rider” (Sony Pictures Classics), both of which earned raves on the festival circuit before hitting theaters this month. They shot in the badlands of Colorado and South Dakota, respectively. And both filmmakers explore the relationship between young men, their horses, and the nature that surrounds them. (Their distributors are slowly rolling them out across the heartland.)

The Rider

New Yorker Zhao shot her 2013 documentary “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” in South Dakota.
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

‘Lean on Pete’ and ‘The Rider’: Two Bold Westerns Show What Foreign-Born Directors Can Bring to the Genre

‘Lean on Pete’ and ‘The Rider’: Two Bold Westerns Show What Foreign-Born Directors Can Bring to the Genre
The best Westerns often come from outsiders. Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winner “High Noon,” Fritz Lang’s “Rancho Notorious,” William Wyler’s “The Big Country,” Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” — all from Germans and Austrians. And of course, Sergio Leone’s classics starring Clint Eastwood were filmed by an Italian in Spain.

Now we can add U.K. filmmaker Andrew Haigh and China-born Chloé Zhao to their number. Neither set out to comment on classic western genre tropes with “Lean on Pete” (A24) and “The Rider” (Sony Pictures Classics), both of which earned raves on the festival circuit before hitting theaters this month. They shot in the badlands of Colorado and South Dakota, respectively. And both filmmakers explore the relationship between young men, their horses, and the nature that surrounds them. (Their distributors are slowly rolling them out across the heartland.)

The Rider

New Yorker Zhao shot her 2013 documentary “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” in South Dakota.
See full article at Indiewire »

First Trailer for Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut ‘Yardie’

After working with the likes of David Simon, Cary Fukunaga, Kenneth Branagh, Guillermo del Toro, Ridley Scott, and more, Idris Elba has now stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut. Yardie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival a few weeks ago and will hit U.K. theaters soon, is based on Victor Headley’s book, which follows a man who tracks down his brother’s killer–a murder which occurred a decade prior–in East London.

“When the opportunity came, I read the script and realized that everything that was in the script I could certainly amplify with some truth,” Elba told Deadline. “I was there in that time period. I know the people the book was about. I’ve met these people and been in the areas. So I felt like this was something that wasn’t going to be too much of a departure from who I am.
See full article at The Film Stage »
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