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Stephen Frears movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Stephen Frears movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy birthday to director Stephen Frears, who turns 79 on June 20, 2020. The British director, who began his feature film directing career with 1971’s “Gumshoe,” first gained wide international recognition with his 1985 film “My Beautiful Laundrette.” It was originally made for Channel 4 television, but its quality was so high that it was released theatrically, and world recognition for Frears followed.

In the intervening years, Frears directed three films — “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), “The Queen” (2006) and “Philomena” (2013) — that received Academy Award nominations as Best Picture, and Frears himself earned two Oscar nominations as Best Director — for “The Grifters” (1990) and “The Queen.”

Although most of his work directing for television was early in his career, in recent years, Frears has returned to TV, earning an Emmy Award nomination as Best Director for HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (2013) and competing again for directing the three-part Amazon limited series, “A Very English Scandal,” starring Hugh Grant
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‘Blue Story’: Film Review

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‘Blue Story’: Film Review
The blockbusters will be postponed, the indie films in many cases will head straight to streaming. But even before the apple cart of movie distribution got tipped over, “Blue Story” had traced an unlikely path. , it was written and directed by Andrew Onwubolu, the London-based rapper, producer, actor, and director who bills himself as Rapman, and who spun the movie out of the short-story rap-video aesthetic he made into a YouTube sensation.

Blue Story,” an expanded version of one of his earliest efforts (from 2014), made a splash in the U.K. when it opened there in 2019, and Paramount Pictures had planned to release it in the U.S. on March 20. The release got scuttled, yet there remains an allure to the thinking behind it: the idea that “Blue Story,” a movie centered on black teenagers from South London who spit out their words in a cockney-flecked-with-Jamaican dialect so thick you
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Glory to the holy WiFi! 7 ways ‘Parasite’ made history with its Oscar wins

Glory to the holy WiFi! 7 ways ‘Parasite’ made history with its Oscar wins
Parasite” became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars to go with three other victories for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. but that’s not the only history it made on Sunday. Here are all the barriers the South Korean hit has broken.

1. First foreign language film to win Best Picture

Roma” came close, but “Parasite” crossed the line. “Parasite” was only the 12th film not in the English language to be nominated for Best Picture and the first from South Korea. Bong Joon Ho and Kwak Sin Ae are the first Asian producers to win Best Picture.

2. First South Korean film to win Best International Feature Film

Hard to believe, but no South Korean film had ever been nominated for Best International Feature Film, fka Best Foreign Language Film, until “Parasite.” And now the country is 1/1 in a category that historically favors European films.
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‘Parasite’s’ Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won would be the first Asian writers to win an Oscar

‘Parasite’s’ Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won would be the first Asian writers to win an Oscar
After its victories over the weekend at the Writers Guild of America Awards and BAFTAs, “Parasite,” written by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, has eclipsed Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” for the top spot in our Best Original Screenplay Oscar odds. If they indeed walk away with the prize on Sunday, Bong and Han would be the first people of Asian descent to win for writing in either category.

Unsurprisingly, there have not been a ton of Asian writing nominees in Oscar history, but nearly all of them have come in Best Original Screenplay. Hanif Kureishi, who is of Pakistani descent, was the first, receiving a nomination for “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1986). Thirteen years later, the Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan was shortlisted for “The Sixth Sense” (1999). Iris Yamashita, who’s Japanese-American, shared a bid with Paul Haggis for “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006). Nearly a full decade later,
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'My Beautiful Laundrette' for the UK stage

Jonny Fines and Omar Malik headline the production

Have you heard that My Beautiful Laundrette, one of our favourite 80s movies and one of the most beloved Lgbtq films ever, is getting the stage treatment? The production which is using the Oscar-nominated screenplay by Hanif Kureishi as its text, will open September 20th at Leicester's Curve. Though it's not a musical adaptation, the Pet Shop Boys are composing the score for it. The leads look the part but we are giggling a bit that they actually cast actors named Jonny and Omar for the lead characters of Johnny & Omar. 

If you are a UK-based reader who is plannning to see it, please do report back about your experience! I will be tense with anticipation until you do but, to quote Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) directly from the film...

In my experience it is always worth waiting for Omar"
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Stephen Frears movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Queen,’ ‘Philomena,’ ‘High Fidelity’

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Stephen Frears movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Queen,’ ‘Philomena,’ ‘High Fidelity’
Happy birthday to director Stephen Frears, who turns 78 on June 20, 2019. The British director, who began his feature film directing career with 1971’s “Gumshoe,” first gained wide international recognition with his 1985 film “My Beautiful Laundrette.” It was originally made for Channel 4 television, but its quality was so high that it was released theatrically, and world recognition for Frears followed.

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In the intervening years, Frears directed three films — “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), “The Queen” (2006) and “Philomena” (2013) — that received Academy Award nominations as Best Picture, and Frears himself earned two Oscar nominations as Best Director — for “The Grifters” (1990) and “The Queen.” Although most of his work directing for television was early in his career, in recent years, Frears has returned to TV, earning an Emmy Award as Best Director for HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (2013). And once again, he is in Emmy contention,
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‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’: Sally Hawkins, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe & Raffey Cassidy Join Michael Morpurgo Animation

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‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’: Sally Hawkins, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe & Raffey Cassidy Join Michael Morpurgo Animation
Exclusive: Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Raffey Cassidy (The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) are to voice the animated adaptation of War Horse scribe Michael Morpurgo’s novel Kensuke’s Kingdom.

The children’s book tells the story of Michael, who is taken by his family on a round-the-world sailing trip. When a storm strikes he is washed overboard and ends up on a remote island in the Pacific where he struggles to survive on his own. He soon realizes there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive.

Sherlock Gnomes animator Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry (Junk) will direct the adventure story with an ecological message whose script comes from Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man). Bankside is handling sales at the Efm and has previously closed pre-sales in France (Le Pacte
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Two Favorite Sony Pictures Classics Films This Season: ‘Never Look Away’ and ‘Stan & Ollie’

I have always loved Sony Pictures Classics. It is a brand you can trust to bring great films to the U.S.

I have loved the company from the days when they were Orion Classics and we bought Us rights to ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ I for Lorimar Home Video and Tom Bernard, Michael Barker and Donna Gigliotti for Orion Classics theatrical. My Beautiful Laundrette was a huge success for everyone involved and continues as a landmark film to this day. In fact, while being honored at the Screen Awards, its producer Tim Bevan recently said , “Sadly, the most diverse crew we’ve ever had on a film was with My Beautiful Laundrette [in 1985]”.

Tom and Michael have moved on, forming Spc in 1992; Donna has created an amazing portfolio of productions including this year’s upcoming Academy Award Show (why?).

Continuing Spc’s tried-and-true formula for success that has brought us so many great movies,
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David Heyman: Lack of diversity on film sets is "shocking, disappointing and depressing"

Heyman was speaking at the launch of the London Screen Academy.

Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman has expressed his disappointment at the lack of diversity on UK film sets.

“You go to any film set and it’s shocking, disappointing and depressing to look at the make-up of the vast majority of crews. The lack of diversity - ethnicity, economic, gender, social - is marked,” said Heyman.

The Heyday Films founder was speaking at an event to celebrate the launch of the London Screen Academy, a new school for 16-18-year-olds that will open in Islington, North London,
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‘Love, Simon’: The best gay couple in movie history?

‘Love, Simon’: The best gay couple in movie history?
There have been plenty of iconic heterosexual couples in movies: from Jack and Rose in “Titanic” and Baby and Johnny in “Dirty Dancing” all the way back to Ilsa and Rick in “Casablanca” and Rhett and Scarlett in “Gone with the Wind.” And there are also loads of homosexual cou- oh, wait, no, that’s not right.

But at the least the few gay duos that have broken through are genuinely adored couples. And each year, we get a new one, so there’s hope on that front. This year’s addition to the slim list comes from “Love, Simon” with Simon (Nick Robinson) and his e-mail lover Blue.

But where do they rank amongst the other gay couples of film history? Choose your favorite couple in the poll below! And if your personal pick isn’t on the list, let us know in the comments section.

Discuss Join the
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Liff 2018: Venus Q&A

The closing movie of the London Indian Film Festival (Liff) was Venus, the life-affirming story of a transitioning woman, named Sid, who suddenly discovers that she’s the father of a 14-year-old son from a previous relationship. We were fortunate enough to have Eisha Marjara (the director), Joe Balass (the producer), Jamie Mayers, and Gordon Warnecke in attendance after the screening to share insights into how the film was put together.

“I was obsessed with the idea of a transgender character finding a son,” explained Marjara. This was inspired by an earlier short film that the director made in 2012 called House for Sale. However, creating the final story for Venus was a long one. “In earlier drafts I showed more about the office and work, showing the challenges that she goes through there,” said Marjara, “I also showed more about Ralph and his friends, how he gets bullied.”

In the end,
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Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Stephen Frears talk about the new BBC drama A Very English Scandal

Regarded by those who can still remember it as one of the most baffling, shocking and, at times, utterly ridiculous incidents of the 1970s, the Jeremy Thorpe affair became one of the most talked about political scandals of the decade. Despite thousands of column inches, countless books and even a BBC Panorama special on the subject, people are fascinated to this day by the story of how one of the most promising politicians in the country found himself in the docks accused of attempting to have a former gay lover murdered to stop him from going public about the relationship.

Almost 40 years after the scandal first broke, a new 3 part mini series starring Hugh Grant as former Liberal Democrat Leader and North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe, and Ben Whishaw as his former gay lover Norman Scott, is about to hit the small screen. The series which is based on John Preston
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‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Team to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’

‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Team to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’
Super Deluxe is developing “Silver Foxes,” a new gay comedy series from “The Golden Girls” collaborators Stan Zimmerman and James Berg, Variety reported. The duo has previously written and/or produced for “Roseanne” and “Gilmore Girls,” in addition to creating the Lifetime series “Rita Rocks” in 2008. George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Cheri Oteri, and Bruce Vilanch all participated in early readings of the script.

The series is inspired by the 2011 documentary “Gen Silent,” which exposed the discrimination Lgbtq seniors experience in nursing homes. The half-hour, single camera series follows two older gay men and a younger twink who rescue a friend from a closeted life at a homophobic assisted living facility. They bring him back to their mid-century Palm Springs home for a life of friends and fabulousness.

“Every one of us is getting older,” said Zimmerman. “Especially with gays and lesbians and transgender [people], we create our own families—and that
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Kumail Nanjiani to star alongside Dave Bautista in Uber comedy Stuber

Back in December it was announced that Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) will be starring in the action comedy Stuber, and now comes word from Variety that he will be joined in the cast by The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani.

The film will see Nanjiani as Stu, a mild-mannered Uber driver, who picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) on the trail of a brutal killer. Thrust into the harrowing ordeal, the driver has to keep his wits, his life, and his five-star rating.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Nanjiani will star opposite Mark Ruffalo in Pablo Larrain’s The True American, while he also reprises his role as Dinesh in the new season of Silicon Valley, and is also developing a remake of My Beautiful Laundrette, as well as the TV series Little America.

Bautista meanwhile will be back on the big screen next month, returning
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The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani joins Dave Bautista in Fox Uber Comedy, Stuber

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Kumail Nanjiani has jumped on board Fox’s new comedy feature, Stuber alongside Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista.

Stuber tells the story of an Uber driver who picks up a grizzled cop, played by Bautista, who is hot on the trail of a brutal killer. The driver is then thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, his life, and his five-star rating. Nanjiani will play the role of the ” mild mannered” Uber driver, Stu.

Also in the news – Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck to star in Netflix’s Triple Frontier

It’s All Gone Pete Tong and Goon director, Michael Dowse takes the helm on a script from Tripper Clancy (Hot Dog). Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are producing the film. Jake Wagner and Nick Thomas are executive producing. Jeremy Kramer is overseeing for Fox.

Nanjiani – who was recently nominated for an
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Mark Ruffalo and Kumail Nanjiani to star in The True American

The Tracking Board is reporting that Mark Ruffalo (Thor: Ragnarok) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) are in talks to star in director Pablo Larrain’s (Jackie) next film The True American.

Based on Anand Giriharadas’ non-fiction book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, the film takes place in Texas in the days following 9/11 and follows “Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants. Employed at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America, Bhuiyan worked to have his attacker, self-proclaimed ‘Arab slayer’ Mark Stroman, spared from execution.”

Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) was previously attached to direct the film with Tom Hardy (Dunkirk) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) set to star. Bigelow remains attached to produce alongside Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman of Annapurna Pictures,
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Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial

Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial
Heading to Berlin with his Amazon-financed Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, Gus Van Sant tells Screen why he still prefers to see films in a theatre.

Gus Van Sant could easily be the most anonymous person in the room when Screen International meets the filmmaker at Sundance Film Festival. Far from ostentatious, and with his dog at his feet, it is the expression that gives him away — like a 1960s surfer dad caught in the headlights of today.

Decked out in a plaid shirt and jeans in a converted media lounge in Park City, Van Sant gives nothing away about how he feels Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot went down at its Sundance world premiere several days earlier. In fact, there was generous applause at the Eccles Theatre and U.S. critics have been mainly supportive.

Now Van Sant’s latest feature heads to Berlin, where FilmNation handles international sales and a broader audience will sample his tribute to late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, which glides between acerbic character study and observational comedy. Van Sant had known Callahan’s drawings and began hanging out with his fellow Portlander when Robin Williams optioned Callahan’s book circa 1997, and they began to map out an adaptation. “He didn’t live very far — it was only 10 blocks,” Van Sant mumbles, breaking into a fleeting smile when someone brings his Australian Shepherd puppy. “We went on trips. He liked to go in a cab that could take his wheelchair and go to a restaurant on the beach.”
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Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win

Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win
Kumail Nanjiani was best known as a stand-up comedian and one of the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” But he took that classic advice to “write what you know” literally and penned “The Big Sick” with his wife Emily V. Gordon about how they met and fell in love, and how in the midst of that she fell gravely ill. Now the couple is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and if “The Big Sick” wins not only would it be a fairy-tale ending for the pair, but Nanjiani would make history as the first person of Asian descent to win for writing.

Hanif Kureishi, who like Nanjiani is of Pakistani descent, made history as the first Asian writer nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1986). Then Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan revolutionized storytelling with his original screenplay for “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and reaped a nomination 13 years later.
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Kumail Nanjiani set for TV adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette, teases potential sequel to The Big Sick

Fresh from the hit romantic comedy The Big Sick, Variety is reporting that Kumail Nanjiani is set to co-write and star in a small screen adaptation of Stephen Frears’ 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette.

The project will reunite Nanjiani with Alec Berg, executive producer on Silicon Valley, who will executive produce alongside Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Hanif Kureishi, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the original movie.

My Beautiful Laundrette followed a young Pakistani man in London who rekindles a romantic relationship with his childhood friend, a former right-wing gang leader, and sets out to turn his uncle’s run-down laundrette into a profitable business.

Meanwhile, Nanjiani has also hinted to Variety that early discussions are underway about the prospect of a sequel to The Big Sick, the semi-autobiographical tale he penned wit his wife Emily V. Gordon:

“Yesterday, some of the people involved, I won’t say who, were saying, ‘You
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