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“It’s very hard not to like him” – Ritesh Batra on directing Jim Broadbent in The Sense of an Ending

Author: Stefan Pape

I once interviewed Jim Broadbent to mark the release of his congenial drama Le Week-End, and off camera politely asked if he’s consider adopting me as a grandson. Naturally he looked weirded out by such a request and brushed it away instantly – but the intention stands, for he’s one of the most affable, endearing actors working in England – and it’s a sentiment shared by Ritesh Batra, director of The Sense of an Ending.

“It’s very hard not to like Jim, both in person and on screen, he’s a very endearing presence,” Batra said. “I always read about how Tony is an unlikeable character but since I read the novel I’ve always liked Tony, but perhaps that’s to do with me not being from here. I always loved Tony, but Jim makes it very easy to like him, definitely.”

Batra’s
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Alice Through the Looking Glass movie review: a mirror cracked

Believes six impossible things — like implausible character motivations, or big emotions — because they’re in the script, without bothering to earn them. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Alice Through the Looking Glass may bear even less resemblance to anything Lewis Carroll wrote than its predecessor, Tim Burton’s 2010 flick Alice in Wonderland, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it follows up on the adventure that Burton’s adaptation hinted was in store for Alice, something that Carroll would never have imagined for her. Glass opens with adult Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska: Crimson Peak, Madame Bovary), now captain of an English merchant ship in 1847, executing a daring escape from pirates on the high seas. It’s a thrilling sequence, not least because Alice’s all-male crew appears to have no
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Ryan Reynolds Finds Truth In Advertising For A New Dramedy

He’ll be shooting his mouth (and several guns) off as Deadpool next year, but Ryan Reynolds also wants to explore the world of print advertising. No, he’s not angling to star in a Mad Men movie – he’s in final talks to lead new comedy drama Truth In Advertising. Roger Michell, who last brought us Le Week-End, is attached to direct the film, which novelist John Kenney adapted from his own award-winning book. Reynolds will be Fin Dolan, a hard working sort at an advertising company. His boss asks him to cancel his Christmas holidays to work on a new campaign, but when his best friend announces her engagement and his estranged father is admitted to hospital at the same time, he starts to question the direction is life is taking. Is he simply drifting through it while others are moving on? “John Kenney has adapted his genius
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Rachel Weisz And Sam Claflin Star In Remake Of 'My Cousin Rachel'

You might think that Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton are untouchable, but that's only if you've never been around Hollywood. While Daphne Du Maurier's novel "My Cousin Rachel" was already made into an Oscar-nominated noir in 1952, a new version is being prepped for the modern age. Read More: Watch The Amazing Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Starring Rachel Weisz Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin will team up for the new adaptation. Roger Michell ("Hyde Park On Hudson," "Le Week-End") will direct this updated version and also write the script, which tells the tale of an orphan who seeks revenge on the woman he believes murdered his cousin and caretaker. Here's the book synopsis: Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man
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Pascal Chaumeil's 'A Long Way Down' to open Dinard fest

Pascal Chaumeil's 'A Long Way Down' to open Dinard fest
The French film director died last week after a battle with cancer.

Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down is to open the 26th Dinard British Film Festival (30 Sept - 4 Oct).

The comedy drama, which stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul, was the penultimate production for the French director, who died last Thursday aged 54 following a battle with cancer.

The film, which premiered at the 2014 Berlinale, was the final English-language film for Chaumeil, who was in post-production on his final feature Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot) when he died.

Competition

The festival also revealed the titles that will compete for the festival’s Golden Hitchock award, including Owen HarrisKill Your Friends, an adaptation of John Niven’s 2008 novel of the same name starring Nicholas Hoult, Ed Skrein, James Corden and Rosanna Arquette.

Other films vying for the top prize are Craig Roberts’ directorial debut Just Jim, Andrew Steggall’s [link
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What happened to the cast of Jurassic Park? Sam Neill and co-stars 22 years later

What happened to the cast of Jurassic Park? Sam Neill and co-stars 22 years later
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.

With Jurassic World overhauling its stars entirely (just two remain from the original), we take a look back to find out what the stars of Jurassic Park are doing now...

Sam Neill

Already a well-known star when he appeared in Jurassic Park, Neill won himself a fresh fanbase playing Alan Grant, a palaeontologist invited to see John Hammond's breathtaking park up close.

A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill
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Stunning destinations from film & TV to add to your bucket list

Film and TV is guilty of instilling us with wanderlust, throwing up amazing locations from all over the world and leaving us wishing nothing more than to jump straight on a plane to distant climes.

Here are some stunning destinations from movies and shows (all ready to check out on Netflix now) that have us eyeing our suitcases with longing:

The Florida Keys - Bloodline

An amazing chain of tropical islands hanging from the tip of Florida, connected by a series of bridges running all the way to Key West and frequently offering amazing views of both sunrise and sunset.

It's the perfect temperate getaway, as long as you don't get entangled with the dysfunctional Rayburn family, that is.

New York City - Manhattan

From the opening peals of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', Woody Allen classic Manhattan is pure New York City from head to toe.

Diane Keaton
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Variety Critics Pick Their 2015 Oscar Nominees

Variety Critics Pick Their 2015 Oscar Nominees
Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.

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Best Picture

Bird People

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

Gone Girl

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

Selma

Under the Skin

“Winter Sleep”

Best Director

Ava DuVernay, “Selma

Jonathan Glazer, “Under the Skin

Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Best Actor

Haluk Bilginer, “Winter Sleep”

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year

David Oyelowo, “Selma

Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Essie Davis, “The Babadook

Scarlett Johansson,
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Now Streaming: From 'Under the Skin' to 'Coherence,' 10 Great 2014 Films on Amazon Prime

Now Streaming: From 'Under the Skin' to 'Coherence,' 10 Great 2014 Films on Amazon Prime
Looking for more highbrow fare to supplement your holiday binge-streaming of "Friends" on Netflix? While several of 2014's best films now on Amazon Prime are also up on Netflix—including Pawel Pawlikowski's Oscar-shortlisted beauty "Ida" and Roger Michell's underseen autumn-years romance "Le Week-End"—Amazon Prime subscribers can enjoy even more this weekend. We've rounded up the best of the best: "Borgman" (dir. Alex van Warmerdam) A dark suburban fairytale that takes cues from Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") and Michael Haneke ("Funny Games"), while firmly remaining its own strange beast, "Borgman" hovers perilously over a stiff upper-class family whose bearings are unmoored by the appearance of a mysterious vagrant fellow (Jan Bijvoet). A creepy blast from beginning to end. "Coherence" (dir. James Ward Byrkit) "Coherence" is not just smart science fiction: it's a triumph of crafty...
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Entertainers of the Year, An Alternate Take

Year in Review. Two yummy lists each day. Here's Matthew Eng on "Entertainers of the Year"

Let’s face it: Jimmy Fallon is an okay if utterly predictable choice for Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Entertainer of the Year” title, which can occasionally become more of an honor for being widely-known and well-liked than, you know, being consistently entertaining. (Have they made a truly interesting choice since that three-year, Oscar-certified run of Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Denzel Washington from 2000-02?)

Rather than continue to pat the backs of those like Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift, Robert Downey, Jr., and J.K. Rowling – i.e. prominent pop culture presences and former “Entertainers of the Year” whose dominance over their respective industries is already deep and durable – let’s take a moment to honor some of our favorite hard-working actors and actresses who zig-zagged across mediums this year, making crucial contributions to the entertainment landscape,
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Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2014
Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.

In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.

I’d been raised on junk-food American fare,
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’ Wins Best Film at the European Film Awards

Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’ Wins Best Film at the European Film Awards
Riga, Latvia — Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” which centers on a young Catholic nun in Poland who discovers her parents were Jewish and were murdered during the Nazi occupation, took the best film award at the 27th European Film Awards in Riga, Latvia.

Eric Abraham, one of the producers of the film, dedicated the award to the people whose relatives were victims of the Holocaust, which included members of his own family. He remarked on the fact that anti-semitism was again on the rise.

Pawlikowski won best director, and he and Rebecca Lenkiewicz took the screenplay prize for the black-and-white Polish-language film, which also won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the public. The pic also took the award for its cinematographers, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Pawlikowski thanked Abraham for taking on a “difficult” director.

The award for actor was collected by Timothy Spall for “Mr. Turner,” Mike Leigh
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Paddington movie review: please look in on this movie, thank you

Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about CGI creepiness

I have read the source material (and I am indifferent about it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So, a small brown illegal immigrant — he doesn’t even have a passport — sneaks over the border into the United Kingdom… and is instantly welcomed into the home of a quintessentially English family in London, complete with a kooky elderly kinswoman of unspecified relation and a house that is the epitome of storybook chic.

And it is adorable.

Adorable.

Paddington is, in fact, so cute and witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky and positively downright altruistic that
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Would four British nominees = Oscar win for American Michael Keaton?

Would four British nominees = Oscar win for American Michael Keaton?
"Birdman" star Michael Keaton has sat atop our Best Actor chart all awards season long. Rounding out the top five are three British thespians -- Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") David Oyelowo ("Selma) -- and another American,  Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"). There are three more Brits -- Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner"), Bill Nighy ("Pride") and Jim Broadbent ("Le Week-End") -- jockeying for that fifth slot currently occupied by Carell. And Keaton should be hoping that one of them makes it in as the lone American has always won an Oscar when facing four foreign rivals.  -Break- Michael Keaton and Edward Norton: What we think of acting, 'Birdman' and verbs (video) In 1971, Jane Fonda ("Klute") won her first Best Actress award over Julie Christie ("McCabe and Mrs. Miller"), Glenda..."
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Oscars outrage: What movies and performers are being unjustly ignored?

Oscars outrage: What movies and performers are being unjustly ignored?
When it comes to winning Oscars, it helps to be good, but it's notoriously difficult for any film or actor to make headway without an advantageous release date – usually in the fall – A-list stars, and/or a high-profile awards campaign, which in itself costs big bucks. So I asked our forum posters what off-the-radar candidates they feel deserve more recognition than they're likely to get. -Break- Oscars news: 'Interstellar' reax, sneak peeks of 'The Hobbit,' 'Into the Woods' I personally made the case for "Le Week-End," a comedy-drama about the strained relationship between a longtime married couple featuring award-worthy lead performances by Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent, which earned strong reviews back in the spring, as well as "Venus in Fur," Roman Polanski's French-language adaptation of the play, with Emmanuelle Seigner impressively tackling the role that won Nina Arianda a Tony. Who do...'
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Efa nominees and first winners announced. by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-11-08 19:35:07

The European Film Academy and Efa Productions have announced the nominations for the 27th European Film Awards. The more than 3,000 Efa Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on December 13, in the Latvian capital Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014.

Nominees:

European Film

Force Majeure (Turist)

Sweden/Denmark/France/Norway

Writer/Director: Ruben Östlund

Ida

Poland/Denmark

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Writers: Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Leviathan (Leviafan)

Russia

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Writer: Oleg Negin & Andrey Zvyagintsev

Nymphomaniac Director's Cut Volume I and II

Denmark/Germany/France/Belgium

Writer/Director: Lars von Trier

Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu)

Turkey/France/Germany

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Writer: Ebru Ceylan & Nuri Bilge Ceylan

European Comedy

Carmina and Amen (Carmina y Amen)

Spain

Writer/Director: Paco León

Le Week-End

UK

Director: Roger Michel

Writer: Hanif Kureishi

The Mafia Only Kills In Summer (La Mafia Uccide Solo d'Estate)

Italy
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Efa 2014 nominations revealed

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Efa 2014 nominations revealed
Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.

The nominations for the 27th European Film Awards have been announced at the Seville European Film Festival.

More than 3,000 European Film Academy members will now vote for the winners, who will be presented during the awards ceremony on Dec 13 in Riga.

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut - Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep will compete for European Film, with every director - apart from von Trier - up for European Director alongside Steven Knight for Locke and Paolo Virzi for Human Capital.

Roger Michell’s Le Week-End is up for European Comedy, alongside Paco León’s Carmina & Amen and Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

European Film 2014

Force Majeure (Sweden/Denmark/France/Norway)

Written & Directed By: [link
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‘Ida,’ ‘Leviathan’ Top European Film Awards Nominations

‘Ida,’ ‘Leviathan’ Top European Film Awards Nominations
True to their big fest form, Turkey’s “Winter Sleep” and Russia’s “Leviathan,” both of which won at Cannes and are their countries’ foriegn-language Oscar entries, will face off for best picture at the 27th European Film Awards.

But they look to have stiff competition in Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” a Toronto prize winner, which scored the most major category nominations — five — including for best picture and two nods for its actresses: Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza who play, respectively, a novitiate Catholic nun and her hard-drinking, worldly relative.

“Leviathan,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pickup, nabbed four nominations. Also in the best picture five-pic cut are Swedish Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” and Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume 1 & 2,” with Charlotte Gainsbourg in the running for lead actress.

Nominations were announced Saturday at Spain’s Seville European Film Festival.

The previous two winners of
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Daily | European Film Awards 2014 | Nominations

The nominations for the 2014 European Film Awards—and six winners—have been announced. Nominated for European Film 2014 are Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure (Turist), Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan (Levifan), Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Director's Cut: Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu). Nominated for European Comedy 2014 are Paco León's Carmina & Amen (Carmina y Amén), Roger Michell's Le Week-End and Pierfrancesco Diliberto's The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate). We've got the full list. » - David Hudson
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Daily | European Film Awards 2014 | Nominations

The nominations for the 2014 European Film Awards—and six winners—have been announced. Nominated for European Film 2014 are Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure (Turist), Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan (Levifan), Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Director's Cut: Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu). Nominated for European Comedy 2014 are Paco León's Carmina & Amen (Carmina y Amén), Roger Michell's Le Week-End and Pierfrancesco Diliberto's The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate). We've got the full list. » - David Hudson
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