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How Avenue 5 Keeps the Legacy of Gene Roddenberry Alive

Rosie Knight Jan 18, 2020

HBO's sci-fi comedy Avenue 5 has a commitment to diversity both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

Over his decades long career Armando Iannucci has crafted a catalog of incisive, biting, and often crude satire. From the scarily prescient takedown of salacious news coverage, The Day Today, all the way to the British political comedy in The Thick of It and its multi-award winning American reimagining Veep, Iannucci has been at the forefront of making scathing satire hilariously funny. His newest project, Avenue 5, takes his caustic brand of humor and propels it into the future where a sterling cast of character actors led by Hugh Laurie (House) and Lenora Crichlow (Being Human) have to deal with an interstellar disaster that leaves them stranded in space on board a massive, luxury galactic cruise liner.

Though at first the slow burn series might not
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‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci and Cast on Creating ‘the ‘Game of Thrones’ of Comedies’

‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci and Cast on Creating ‘the ‘Game of Thrones’ of Comedies’
After years of satirizing politics on both sides of the pond, Armando Iannucci looked to the stars for his new comedy series, “Avenue 5” — but his latest for HBO wasn’t a total departure from earthly concerns.

“After doing ‘Veep’ and ‘The Thick of It,’ I knew I didn’t want to do another political show,” Iannucci said during the “Avenue 5” TCA session in Pasadena, CA on Wednesday morning. “But I wanted to talk about some of the emotions that are floating around, [including] anxiety, a sense of foreboding doom about the climate, […] populism and how crowds can take on a life of their own.”

“But also, I love sci-fi. So I thought, wouldn’t it be good to put [all] this on a pressure cooker in space? That was the start of it.”

Avenue 5” chronicles the ill-fated odyssey of the eponymous space cruise ship, Avenue 5, helmed by Captain Ryan Clark
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Netflix far ahead at Baftas with 23 nominations

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The streaming giant’s nearest challengers are Sony with 16 and Entertainment One on 12.

Netflix is the distributor to beat at this year’s British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) with 23 nominations. The streaming giant’s nearest challenger is Sony with 16.

Netlfix’s nominations are spread across six titles, with The Irishman scoring ten (the joint second-highest total behind Joker), Marriage Story and The Two Popes on six, and American Factory, The Great Hack and Klaus on one.

Sony’s nods are dominated by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood (also ten), followed by Little Women (five) and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
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BAFTA Awards nominations: ‘Joker’ just ahead of ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘1917’

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BAFTA Awards nominations: ‘Joker’ just ahead of ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘1917’
Joker” is nominated for 11 nominations, the most of any film this year. It contends for Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Phillips), Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Makeup & Hair, and Production Design, and Score. (See the full list of BAFTA nominations.)

Rounding out BAFTA’s Best Picture lineup, which only has five nominees, are 10-time contenders “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” plus “1917” (9 nominations) and “Parasite” (4).

The Best British Film line-up also includes “1917,” as well as “Bait,” “For Sama,” “Rocketman” (4 bids), “Sorry We Missed You,” and “The Two Popes” (5 bids).

The Irishman” contends in nine other categories including bids for Martin Scorsese for Director, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, and Visual Effects.

Quentin Tarantino reaped two individual nominations for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Director and Original Screenplay. The
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‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘The Irishman’ Lead 2020 BAFTA Film Award Nominations

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‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘The Irishman’ Lead 2020 BAFTA Film Award Nominations
Joker,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “The Irishman” have come out on top in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy of Film and Television’s Film Awards.

Joker” had 11 noms, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “The Irishman” scored 10 noms apiece. Off the back of its Globes success, “1917” landed nine.

BAFTA was quickly criticized on social channels for an overwhelmingly white set of nominees. Only white actors were nominated in the supporting and main categories. “Film is an incredible medium to tell the stories of our society and our world, but we need people of all backgrounds to be working in the industry to enable us to do that,” BAFTA chief Amanda Berry told the BBC. “If you look at the number of female noms this year it’s well over a third, well up from what it was, say, two years ago, but it’s still not good enough.
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BAFTA Nominations Put ‘1917’ in the Awards Spotlight Again – and ‘Joker,’ Too

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BAFTA Nominations Put ‘1917’ in the Awards Spotlight Again – and ‘Joker,’ Too
Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe winner “1917” had another strong awards showing on Tuesday in London, where it will be competing for the top award at the 2020 Ee British Academy Film Awards, which are handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

In nominations announced Tuesday morning by Asa Butterfield and Ella Balinska, “1917” was nominated for Best Film along with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” and Todd Phillips’ “Joker.”

But while the homegrown “1917,” from a British director and about British soldiers in World War I, landed a solid nine nominations, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” was the surprise leader in noms with 11. “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “The Irishman” each received 10, with “1917” lagging behind after being left out of the acting and screenwriting categories.

Also Read: Golden Globes Analysis: The Stars Ignore
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“No Time To Die” and “Tenet”: 100 Movies To Look Forward To In 2020

Tomorrow is the last day of 2019, which means that we’re about to enter an entirely new decade. Fingers crossed that 2020 is something special. With a whole new year about to be upon us, and as such, there’s a ton of new films to anticipate. Fun times, right? Today will be a day to look forward, which is a little different than most are doing here in the final days of December, when looking back is all the rage. Indeed, there’s a whole slate of titles emerging in the weeks and months to come, so that’s what we’ll be focusing on. Even just in the coming days, we’ll see 2020 releases begin to overtake the current 2019 expansions. There will be some rather rough times as studios dump their lesser projects, but look to the independent flicks for saving graces until the bigger films begin to come out,
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Armando Iannucci: ‘I personally am not a sweary, angry man’

He’s famous for the expletive-packed political satire The Thick of It, but now the comedy guru is tackling Dickens

Armando Iannucci is not someone you’d describe as having a commanding presence. He doesn’t want to consume all the oxygen in the room or, with a show of bored impatience, imply that it’s your good fortune to share his company. He may be well known, but there’s nothing of the celebrity about him. Short, balding and understated in manner, he could pass for a provincial loss adjuster come to assess your insurance claim. But he is arguably the most influential figure in British comedy of the past three decades, not to mention an accomplished film director.

When I meet him at a London hotel, he is busy promoting his third feature film, The Personal History of David Copperfield, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s eighth and most autobiographical novel.
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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Taps Morfydd Clark as Young Galadriel (Exclusive)

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Taps Morfydd Clark as Young Galadriel (Exclusive)
His Dark Materials” star Morfydd Clark has landed a lead role in Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series.

She joins a cast that includes Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Maxim Baldry. Sources say Clark will play young Galadriel, the character famously portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films. This would mark one of the first major characters from the book or film announced for the show.

Amazon declined to comment. Reps for Mawle did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

The “Lord of the Rings” series is being developed by the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay. Additionally, “Game of Thrones” alum Bryan Cogman has signed on as a consulting producer on the project with J.A. Bayona set to direct multiple episodes. Amazon gave the series a two-season order when it was first announced.
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New Clip from Little Joe Features an Unsettling Cafeteria Speech

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"You're all gone. You just don't know it." In her Indie Memphis Film Festival review of Little Joe, Emily von Seele wrote that Jessica Hausner's new film "brings up feelings of paranoia in the parent-child bond," and those potentially paranoid feelings are on display in a new clip from the film.

Below, you can watch an unsettling cafeteria speech in the new clip from Little Joe, which is coming to theaters on December 6th from Magnolia Pictures.

"Little Joe follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son,
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ sweeps Bifa Awards on the way to BAFTAs

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ sweeps Bifa Awards on the way to BAFTAs
The Personal History of David Copperfield” was the big winner at Sunday’s British Independent Film Awards taking home five trophies: Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie, Best Screenplay for Simon Blackwell and director Armando Iannucci, Best Casting (Sarah Crowe), Best Production Design (Cristina Casali), and Best Costume Design (Suzie Harmon and Robert Worley).

But while Iannucci’s film will undoubtedly continue to gain recognition for its below-the-line crafts, the writer/director is firm that his film is not just “a neatly tied-up period drama.” Rather, he characterizes it as “celebrating the Britishness that we don’t hear much about at the moment.” As he explains, “It’s so tempting to see Britain as isolated and withdrawn and serious at the moment. We forget that actually, for most people, Britain is funny, outgoing, generous and is about community. And that’s what this film is a celebration of.”

He believes
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For Sama emerges as the first documentary to win the top prize at the BIFAs - Festivals / Awards - UK

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ film and The Personal History of David Copperfield were the big winners at the 22nd British Independent Film Awards. The Syrian Civil War documentary For Sama picked up four awards at the BIFAs: Best British Independent Film (making it the first doc ever to snag this particular accolade), Best Director for co-directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, Best Documentary and Best Editing. Accepting the awards, al-Kateab reminded the audience of the ongoing struggle to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power as well as Britain’s responsibility in the current conflict. She also added that she is making another film on the Syrian crisis. Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield ended the night with five gongs. The adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel won Best Screenplay for Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, and Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie, as well as three awards in the.
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UK head of Stx Llewellyn Radley joins BFI’s Mary Burke and Elysian’s Danny Perkins for Screen’s UK Finance Forum

Screen’s UK Film Finance Forum takes place on December 5 at Everyman Broadgate.

Llewellyn Radley, managing director, UK, and executive vice president, international Stx Entertainment, Mary Burke, BFI senior production and development executive, and Danny Perkins, former CEO of Studiocanal UK and now co-founder of Elysian Film Group, have joined the Screen International’s UK Film Finance Forum taking place in London on December 5.

Radley and Perkins will join Andy Mayson, co-ceo of Altitude and Vanessa Saal, managing director, sales and distribution at Protagonist Pictures, to talk about how UK films play in the local and international market.

Burke joins Hugo Heppell,
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The 2019 British Independent Film Awards Interviews & Winners

Last night Old Billingsgate in London played host to the 22nd annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), the yearly celebration of some of the most unique voices in film. It was a pleasure to be on the red carpet and talk to the likes of Asa Butterfield, Sam Adewunmi, Jessie Buckley and Armando Iannucci, and you can find all of our interviews below the list of winners announced on the night.

The phenomenal documentary For Sama won four awards including Best British Independent Film, while Armando Iannucci’s festival favourite The Personal History of David Copperfield took home five. A sadly-absent Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland, while The Last Tree’s Ruthxjiah Bellenea won the Best Supporting Actress award. Currently seen in Netflix’s The Crown as Prince Charles, Josh O’Connor won Best Actor.

There’s a full list of the winners from the
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‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win Big at British Independent Film Awards

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‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win Big at British Independent Film Awards
Syrian documentary “For Sama” was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, taking home four awards for its sobering portrayal of how the ongoing war in Syria affects the women who live there.

For Sama,” directed by Aleppo resident Waad al-Kateab with Edward Watts, follows al-Kateab through five years of her life as she gets married and gives birth to her daughter, Sama, all while the city crumbles around her. The film won BIFAs for Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Film Editing, adding to an awards list that includes The Golden Eye for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival.

Other winners include Best Actress Oscar contender Renee Zellweger, who won a BIFA for her performance as Judy Garland in the biopic “Judy.”
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British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winners: ‘For Sama,’ Renée Zellweger, ‘Parasite’ Score

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British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winners: ‘For Sama,’ Renée Zellweger, ‘Parasite’ Score
The British Independent Film Awards, which took place in London on Sunday, offer early insight into the indie movies that awards voters want to support as we head into the thick of the Academy Awards race. See the full list of this year’s winners below.

The Syrian war portrait “For Sama,” from filmmakers Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, won Best British Independent Film, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Director. That film also took home Best Editing in London, and stateside is up for the PGA Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for her performance as Judy Garland in “Judy,” and remains at the top of the contenders for the Best Actress Oscar. Josh O’Connor won Best Actor for the relationship drama “Only You.” The British actor now seen in Netflix’s “The Crown” broke out with 2017’s gay romance “God’s Own Country,” which also won him a Bifa,
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‘David Copperfield,’ ‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win at British Independent Film Awards

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‘David Copperfield,’ ‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win at British Independent Film Awards
The Personal History of David Copperfield” won five awards Sunday at the British Independent Film Awards while Renee Zellweger walked away with the best actress prize for her star turn as Judy Garland in “Judy.” David Livingstone of “Judy” producer Calamity Films accepted it on her behalf.

Feature documentary “For Sama” scooped four awards, including the night’s biggest honor, best British independent film. An intimate portrait of a young mother’s experience of the Syrian civil war, it also won best director for the duo of Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts and for best documentary. It had already taken best editing in the previously announced craft awards.

The Personal History of David Copperfield” had also already scored three wins in the craft categories. It added two more awards on Sunday night: best supporting actor for Hugh Laurie, who plays Mr. Dick in Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic novel,
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‘For Sama’ wins top prize at 2019 BIFAs

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‘For Sama’ wins top prize at 2019 BIFAs
The Personal History Of David Copperfield’ finished with five awards, the highest of the night, from 11 nominations.

For Sama and The Personal History Of David Copperfield were the big winners at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The ceremony was hosted by actress and comedian Aisling Bea and held at London’s Old Billingsgate tonight (Dec 1).

Syrian civil war documentary For Sama scooped the night’s top prize, best British independent film, as well as best director for Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, best documentary, and best editing at the previously announced craft awards last month.

The Personal History Of David Copperfield
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Protagonist, Altitude execs join Screen UK Film Finance Forum

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They include producers Damian Jones and Melissa Parmenter, and Altitude co-ceo Andy Mayson.

Eight further speakers have been confirmed for Screen International’s UK Film Finance Forum taking place at Everyman Broadgate in London on December 5, 2019. They are:

Damian Jones - producer Andy Mayson - co-ceo, Altitude Hugo Heppell - head of investment, Screen Yorkshire Melissa Parmenter - producer Vanessa Saal - managing director, sales and distribution, Protagonist Pictures David Smith - director of screen, Screen Scotland John Glencross - CEO, Calculus Capital Catherine Davies - co-founder, producer and creative director, Skipyard Productions

They join previously announced speakers including producers
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Riverstone, Nlp, Anton executives join Screen UK Film Finance Forum

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The event takes place at Everyman Broadgate in London on December 5, 2019.

Three new speakers have been confirmed for Screen International’s UK Film Finance Forum taking place at Everyman Broadgate in London on December 5, 2019.

They are: Nik Bower, co-founder of London-and Los Angeles-based financing outfit Riverstone Pictures; Dave Morrison, partner at London-based entertainment accountancy firm and Eis specialists Nyman Libson Paul (Nlp); and Celia Meirow, senior vice president, business development at London-based film and TV financier Anton.

They join previously announced speakers including producers Kevin Loader (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Dominic Buchanan (The End Of The F
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