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Cannes Film Review: ‘Whitney’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Whitney’
“Whitney” is the second documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston to come along in a year, and it’s also the second one that’s entrancingly well-done. Here’s the thing about Whitney Houston: She was so incandescent that if you sat through nine documentaries about her, you’d probably experience, each time, what I did during the early scenes of “Whitney” — the hope that somehow, this time, the beautiful enraptured young singer in front of you will find a way to defeat her demons, that they won’t drag her down, that the story will turn out different.

Because surely, it’s one of the most tragic — and, its way, inexplicable — downfalls in the history of American show business. Cocaine addiction, of course, is an insidious monster, but Houston, even after rehab, kept returning to it, as if she wanted to destroy herself. To see her life story is always,
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2018: Full line-up of events

This year’s programme will focus on Brexit and Inclusion Riders.

The UK Film Centre has announced its full line-up of events and talks for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s programme includes Brexit briefing, a discussion on the UK film sector’s European partnerships; How to Budget the Inclusion Rider with speakers including Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen; and a series of Talent Talks with filmakers whose work is screening at the festival.

UK Film Centre partners include the British Film Institute (BFI), British Council, British Film Commission (Bfc), Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset, Film Export UK, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen.
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James McAvoy Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos

 James McAvoy (born April 21, 1979; age: 38) is a Scottish actor best known for his role as Mr. Tumnus, the faun from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Atonement (2007), Wanted (2008), and as the young Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films. He also recently starred in the 2017 psychological thriller Split. James […]

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The Forgiven Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 15th

The intense thriller The Forgiven comes to Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD on May 15 from Lionsgate. Follow Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana in a tale about a murderer seeking redemption from an Archbishop. Based on real events.

Two highly decorated actors go head-to-head when The Forgiven arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital May 15 from Lionsgate. Based on real events, and directed by Academy Award nominee Roland Joffé, The Forgiven tells the story of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meeting with a brutal murderer who is suddenly seeking redemption. Starring Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, The Forgiven will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana deliver riveting performances in this tense thriller based on real events. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he’s summoned to a maximum-security prison
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Whitney Houston documentary trailer: ‘Whitney’ will be in theaters on July 6 [Watch]

Whitney Houston documentary trailer: ‘Whitney’ will be in theaters on July 6 [Watch]
Six years after the untimely death of Whitney Houston at age 48, her family is ready to commemorate her life with a new documentary. They granted Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald access to a treasure trove including “previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and a capellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits.”

Macdonald has crafted all of this raw material into a new film, “Whitney,” which will hit theaters on July 6. In anticipation of that release, a teaser trailer has just hit the airwaves. (Watch the video above) Among those featured in the film are Houston’s husband Bobby Brown, her mentor and record label boss Clive Davis and her co-star in “The BodyguardKevin Costner.

Macdonald won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000 for “One Day in September,” a
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Watch Whitney Houston Admit Her Life Wasn't 'Easy' Before Her Death in Documentary Trailer

Watch Whitney Houston Admit Her Life Wasn't 'Easy' Before Her Death in Documentary Trailer
The incredible story behind Whitney Houston’s life, career and tragic death is remembered by those closest to her in the upcoming documentary Whitney.

The film about the singer is the first to be sanctioned by the late performer’s estate. It features interviews with her friends and family — like her mother Cissy and ex-husband Bobby Brown.

The preview teases snippets of never-before-seen footage of Houston throughout her life, including unreleased recordings and unseen home movies.

Speaking about teaching her young daughter to sing, Houston’s mom, a renowned singer in her own right, says in the trailer, “You have
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2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Behind the scenes at these precursor prizes

2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Behind the scenes at these precursor prizes
Low-key is the phrase which comes to mind when attending the 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards on April 22, especially when compared to the BAFTA Film Awards several months back. Low-key, undoubtedly more relaxed but yet, just as classy. It’s also looser, so to speak.

It’s currently 22 degrees Celsius here in a rather sticky in London – that’s roughly 72 Fahrenheit to you guys over in America. And it is not a good day to be wearing a suit. We’re used to complaining about rain, so it’s tricky for us Brits to adjust and complain about heat. But we manage.

Everyone still manages to look glamorous despite the heat, with tonight’s nominees clad in their best frocks, gowns, suits and the occasional kilt. I’ve just seen “Game of Thrones'” Hannah Murray (Gilly) step out of her car in a gold dress and she looks lovely. Gold
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Dark Crimes Trailer Pulls Jim Carrey Into a Deadly Underworld

Dark Crimes Trailer Pulls Jim Carrey Into a Deadly Underworld
The first trailer for Dark Crimes is here. While you may not have heard of Dark Crimes, or the insane true story that inspired the movie, you've almost certainly heard of Jim Carrey, who stars as the protagonist. Carrey hasn't been acting as much these days, but he returns in a very serious role as an obsessive cop in what looks to be a very gritty true-crime thriller.

Dark Crimes, originally titled True Crimes, is based on David Grann's 2008 New Yorker article titled True Crimes: A postmodern murder mystery. Director Alexandros Avranas (Love Me Not) brings the real-life tale to the screen, with Jim Carrey on board as a detective who becomes obsessed with a murder case. Given Carrey's level of commitment to certain roles he takes on, one has to imagine after watching this trailer that he might have put himself, and those around him, through the ringer while filming this,
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Jim Carrey Gets Serious in First Trailer For The Murder Mystery Dark Crimes

Jim Carrey takes on an incredibly serious role in his latest film project Dark Crimes. The movie is a murder mystery crime thriller, in which Carrey plays a police officer who is hunting down a killer in the dark underworld of sex crimes.

We've seen Carrey make serious films before, but this one definitely looks like it could be his darkest yet. The story follows a police officer named Tadek, "who finds similarities between an unsolved murder and a crime outlined in a book by famed writer Krystov Kozlow (Martin Csokas). As Tadek begins to track Kozlow and his girlfriend, a mysterious sex club worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg), his obsession grows and he descends into an underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the shocking truth."

The movie is based on a true story that was told in a 2008 New Yorker article titled, "True Crimes – A postmodern murder mystery", by David Grann.
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Tony Gilroy on solving the “mess” of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

When Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard would be replacing Chris Miller and Phil Lord as director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans of the blockbuster franchise felt a certain sense of deja vu.

A similar – although not quite as extreme – situation happened on the previous Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Lucasfilm bringing in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tony Gilroy to work alongside Gareth Edwards, overseeing extensive reshoots and the post-production process.

Speaking to The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast (via THR), Gilroy has now spoken for the first time about his work on the movie, and his efforts to salvage the “mess” that Lucasfilm had found themselves in.

“It was just a mess and fear that they gotten themselves in,” said Gilroy. “I’ve never been interested in Star Wars ever, so I have no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid of that. And
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‘Whitney’ Trailer: Promo For The New Documentary From Kevin Macdonald

Later this year, Altitude and filmmaker Kevin Macdonald will released a new documentary on music legend Whitney Houston. The film is titled simply Whitney, and the first teaser trailer has just graced the web. MacDonald, the man behind stunning docs like Marley and the superb Touching The Void, directs with Simon Chinn producing. You can watch the first Whitney teaser trailer in the player below.

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Whitney is the intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career, authored by renowned Oscar®-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. The only film officially supported by the late singer’s estate, it includes previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages of her life, as well as original studio recordings and acapellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits. Because the
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Recalls His ’10 Years in the Wilderness’ — and Turning Down ‘Ray’ and ‘The Last King of Scotland’

Cuba Gooding Jr. Recalls His ’10 Years in the Wilderness’ — and Turning Down ‘Ray’ and ‘The Last King of Scotland’
Few actors have had a career trajectory quite like that of Cuba Gooding, Jr. Twenty years after winning an Oscar for his role in “Jerry Maguire,” the actor has mounted a comeback of sorts after what he describes as “10 years in the wilderness” marked by forgettable straight-to-dvd projects. Now he’s done a far-reaching interview with the Guardian to discuss how he always wanted to be an actor “who does all the parts” — and how that may have harmed his career as much as it helped it.

After admitting that he’s starred in “some real clunkers,” Gooding, Jr. is asked whether he made them for the money. “Not for me,” he says. “For me, it was always about protecting the sanctity of that golden statue… Because I felt I needed to show people that I can do more, I can do better.”

That mindset dates back to his breakthrough
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Kevin Macdonald Signs To Helm ‘Guantanamo Diary’

Kevin Macdonald Signs To Helm ‘Guantanamo Diary’
Exclusive: Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) is on board to direct the politically-charged Guantanamo Diary for Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and their company SunnyMarch and ZeroGravity's Mark Holder and Christine Holder. Michael Bronner is scripting the project which follows the tribulations of 45 year-old Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man who was a suspected terrorist and had been incarcerated at Guantanamo bay for…
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Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019

Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019
The estate of Whitney Houston has officially announced that “Whitney,” an “intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career,” will be released July 6. A powerhouse team of Oscar winners is at the helm of this documentary. Leading the charge is director, Kevin Macdonald, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000 (“One Day in September”). He earned further acclaim for his 2006 biopic on Ugandan President Idi Amin, “The Last King of Scotland,” for which Forest Whitaker took home the Oscar for Best Actor and his 2012 feature about reggae legend Bob Marley (“Marley”).

For “Whitney,” Macdonald was granted exclusive rights to a vault of unheard music and never-before-seen video footage spanning the entirety of the late singer’s legendary career. Co-producing the film is Simon Chinn, a creative force who has won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards twice. In 2008 he took home the golden statue for “Man on Wire,
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Will ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ bring more awards to this often told story?

The story of how an Air France jet set to fly from Tel-Aviv, Israel to Paris, France was hijacked in 1976 and flown to Uganda has been a surprisingly fertile subject for film and television producers. This week another version of the tale opens in theaters. This work is entitled “7 Days in Entebbe” and stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl. Will the new film, which opens March 16, bring more awards to this often told story?

Pike and Bruhl are both familiar to awards voters. Pike received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Gone Girl” (2014) and Bruhl competed for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and other awards for “Rush” the year before. While early reviews seem somewhat mixed on the quality of this particular version, previous attempts to tell the story have resulted in high awards recognition.

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In 2006 Forest Whitaker
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Anil Kapoor to produce a Netflix show in India; to star in another Netflix show

With the streaming giants churning out original content, Bollywood stars and filmmakers have also started to take interest in the digital space. Now, we hear that Anil Kapoor will soon produce a Netflix original series for India. It was reported earlier that the streaming giant is making a series based on the book "Selection Day". It has been learned that Anil Kapoor will be producing the show. In addition, Anil Kapoor reportedly has booked a Netflix series and will star in it. The series will be helmed by The Last King of Scotland director, Kevin MacDonald.

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Forest Whitaker on the ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ Behind ‘Black Panther’ and the 2018 Academy Awards

Forest Whitaker on the ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ Behind ‘Black Panther’ and the 2018 Academy Awards
Forest Whitaker’s career is a testament to the slow-growth presence of diversity in Hollywood. He was the fourth African American in history to win the Best Actor Oscar, for his performance as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” and now he stars as Archbishop Desmond Tutu in “The Forgiven,” the story of Tutu’s role as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa in 1995. It opens just a few weeks after the historic box office success of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” in which Whitaker had a supporting role. Coogler began his career with Whitaker in a different kind of supporting role: He produced Coogler’s 2013 debut, “Fruitvale Station.”

“We need to continue to tell stories that are inclusive and allow all voices to be heard,” he said in a phone interview, a few days before “The Forgiven” opened in limited theatrical release. “Hopefully,
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2018 Indie Spirit Awards: Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) would be third youngest Best Actor winner

2018 Indie Spirit Awards: Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) would be third youngest Best Actor winner
At 22, Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) could shatter the youngest Best Actor Oscar winner record by seven years, but he won’t do the same if he claims the Independent Spirit Award equivalent on Saturday. In fact, he wouldn’t even be the category’s second youngest winner.

Unlike the Oscars, the Spirit Awards have no problem awarding young leading men. Chalamet would be the group’s third youngest Best Actor champ, behind “Beasts of No Nation” star Abraham Attah, who was 14 when he won two years ago, and the late River Phoenix, who was 21 at the time of his honor for “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). The current No. 3 holder is Ryan Gosling, who was 26 when he took home the prize for “Half Nelson” (2006).

See: Predictions in all 24 categories at the 90th annual Academy Awards [Photos]

Of the current youngest top three, only Gosling received a corresponding nomination for an Oscar,
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2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ breaks Best British Film curse

2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ breaks Best British Film curse
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the very first BAFTA Award of the evening on Feb. 18 when it was named Best British Film. And it ended the night by claiming the Best Picture prize. That marked just the second time since the British academy reintroduced Best British Film in 1992 that the same movie won both awards. The only other double dipper was “The King’s Speech,” which went to win Best Picture at the Oscars in 2011.

It might seem odd that a film like “Three Billboards,” which is set in the American heartland, qualified for consideration as Best British Film. However, it was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh, and co-financed by UK broadcaster Channel 4.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3 [Updating Live]

Over the last quarter century, seven other British films have been named Best Picture at the BAFTAs: “Howards End
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2018 BAFTA predictions: ‘Three Billboards’ vs. ‘Darkest Hour’ for Best British Film – can American Midwest really beat Churchill?

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” seems on the surface like it would be an unusual BAFTA choice for Best British Film. After all, it’s set in the American Midwest and features a primarily American cast. But BAFTA rules stipulate that “a film must have significant creative involvement by individuals who are British,” and “Three Billboards” was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh. Based on the latest combined predictions of more than 1,600 users who have made their picks in our predictions center thus far, “Three Billboards” is the favorite to win with odds of 1/2, but don’t underestimate “Darkest Hour,” which is as British a film as you could possibly ask for.

Among the users predicting the BAFTA winners are six Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, and four of them agree with the consensus that “Three Billboards” will win: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Anne
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