April 17, 2014

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Details on Prince William, Kate Middleton’s LA residence

HollywoodNews.com: When Prince William and Kate Middleton come to Los Angeles, they will be staying at a very private, luxurious estate.
It is rumored that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be staying at a home that belongs to Dame Barbara Hay in the Hancock Park area, states Hollyscoop. The home reportedly has seven bedrooms and bathrooms for the royal couple.
Hay usually hosts BAFTA garden parties at her house along with throwing other parties at her home to celebrate British achievement.
Are you looking forward to seeing what Kate wears in LA?
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Prince William, Kate Middleton attending L.A. BAFTA event

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The British Academy of Film & Television Arts’ planned “Brits to Watch” event just added two extremely watchable Brits to its RSVP list.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will attend the inaugural event, scheduled for July 9 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, THR reports. Prince William actually is president of BAFTA, and will be on hand at the black-tie affair to push the group’s agenda, which “aims to highlight the depth and range of British talent currently emerging in film, television and video games.”
“We are incredibly excited by the prospect of bringing some of the most talented emerging Brits in film, television and video games to the attention of arguably the most important people in the moving image industries today,” said BAFTA Chairman Tim Corrie. “We hope this will be only the first of a number of amazing opportunities for us to champion our very finest on-screen talent and behind-the-camera practitioners to the leading names in California.”
Nigel Lythgoe, chairman of BAFTA in Los Angeles, added, “This very special event is an excellent extension of BAFTA’s charitable work in Los Angeles, and around the world. Promoting the individual and collective achievements of our most promising emerging British talent is such an important part of our remit, whilst encouraging goodwill for the UK and opening further opportunities for UK-US collaboration. Being given the opportunity of meeting Hollywood’s elite will provide a highly significant and beneficial moment for them, especially at such a formative stage of their careers.”
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David O. Russell, Whoopi Goldberg among Tribeca Film Fest jurors

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition are:
• Souleymane Cissé: Noted Malian director; films include the 1995 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Waati, 1987 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Brightness and Tell Me Who You Are.
• Scott Glenn: Actor; films include The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, The Virgin Suicides, Freedom Writers, The Bourne Ultimatum, W., Secretariat, Sucker Punch and TFF 2011 selection Magic Valley.
• David Gordon Green: Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include George Washington, All the Real Girls, Great World of Sound, Pineapple Express, the recently released Your Highness and the upcoming film The Sitter.
• Rula Jebreal: Journalist, author, screenwriter and actress: books include The Bride From Assuan, Rejected and Miral, which was adapted into a film of the same name.
• Art Linson: Gotham award winning producer; films include Singles, Fight Club, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild, What Just Happened and The Runaways.
• Jason Sudeikis: Actor. Best known for roles in Going the Distance, Hall Pass and 2011 TFF selection A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Also a cast member on television’s Saturday Night Live.
• Dianne Wiest: Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress; films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Synecdoche, New York and the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The jurors for the 2011 World Documentary Competition are:
• Amir Bar-Lev: Documentary filmmaker and producer; films include Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story and the upcoming Garcia.
• Michael Cera: BAFTA and SAG Award nominated actor; films include Superbad, Juno, Youth In Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Currently filming The Untitled Mark [...]

Oscars: ‘The King’s Speech’ Gets Crowned at BAFTA

By Paul Sheehan
HollywoodNews.com: Among the seven prizes claimed by “The King’s Speech” at the 64th annual edition of the BAFTAs were Best Picture and Best British Picture. No film had managed to pull off that double play since the latter award was re-introduced in 1992.
The most recent British film to take the top award was “Slumdog Millionaire” two years ago. However, it lost the best of British race to the documentary “Man of Wire” which followed in the footsteps of Phillippe Petit’s 1974 walk between the two World Trade Center towers.
For two decades from its inception in 1947, BAFTA bestowed both Best Picture and Best British Picture. Home-grown fare was eligible to compete in the wide-open category as well and at least one British film a year contended. In 1948, the Best Picture winner was the British made “Hamlet” (which also took the top Oscar). However, it lost the Best British Picture award to “The Fallen Idol.”
It took till 1952 before a British film — “The Sound Barrier” — won both prizes. Seven more films managed that feat: “Richard III” (1955); Oscar champ The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957); “Room at the Top” (1958); Oscar champ “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962); Oscar champ “Tom Jones” (1963); “Dr. Strangelove” (1965); and 1966 Oscar champ “A Man for All Seasons” (1967).
From 1968 to 1991, the BAFTA award for Best British Picture was eliminated, but at least one British production contended for Best Picture every year save 1979. In those 24 years, seven British films won the Best Picture prize: “Sunday Bloody Sunday”(1971); 1981 Oscar champ “Chariots of Fire” (1981); Oscar champ “Gandhi” (1982); “Educating Rita” (1983); “The Killing Fields” (1984); “A Room With A View” (1986); and “The Commitments” (1991). Perhaps because that last film, a light-hearted romp about a budding band in Dublin, beat both “Dances With Wolves” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” BAFTA reintroduced the British film award the following year.
Over the last 18 years, seven British films have taken the top prize: “Howards End” (1992); “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994); “Sense and Sensibility” (1995, tied with “The Usual Suspects”); “The Full Monty” (1997); “The Queen” (2006); “Atonement” (2007) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008). While the first three were not also nominated as Best British Picture, the last four lost that race to “Nil By Mouth,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “This Is England” and “Man on Wire” [...]

“127 Hours’” Danny Boyle and Christian Colson at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: DANNY BOYLE’s (Director/Screenwriter/Producer) career started in the theatre with Howard Barker’s “Victory,” Howard Brenton’s “The Genius” and Edward Bond’s “Saved,” which won the Time Out Award. Boyle also directed five productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company before moving into television where his work included producing Alan Clark’s controversial “Elephant” and directing “Strumpet,” “Vacuuming Completely Naked In Paradise” and the series “Mr. Wroe’s Virgins,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination.
In 1994 his first feature, “Shallow Grave,” earned him the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA Awards, among a host of other accolades. Boyle’s second film, “Trainspotting,” is one of the highest grossing British independent films of all time. The critically acclaimed film won four Empire Awards including Best Director and Best Film and was nominated for a BAFTA Alexander Korda Award and an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay.
In 2002 the smash hit horror film “28 Days Later” earned Boyle a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Boyle’s other feature films include “Millions” starring James Nesbitt, Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon; “The Beach,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio; “A Life Less Ordinary,” starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz and “Sunshine,” starring Cillian Murphy. “Slumdog Millionaire,” his eighth internationally theatrically released film, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win more than 100 international industry awards including 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and 8 Academy Awards including best picture. Boyle’s latest feature “127 HOURS” stars James Franco in the extraordinary true story of outdoorsman Aron Ralston’s entrapment in Blue John Canyon, Utah and will be released theatrically by Fox Searchlight on November 5th 2010. The film marks Boyle’s second collaboration with producer Christian Colson and the duo are together developing a slate of new films.
CHRISTIAN COLSON (Producer) is an Academy Award® winning film producer, and Chairman of the London-based production company Cloud Eight Films. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968, Christian graduated with a First Class Honours degree in English from Oxford University. In 1994 he began his film industry career at the talent agency London Management before becoming Head of Development UK for Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax Films in 1998.
Between 2002 and 2009, Christian was Managing Director of Celador Films where he produced seven features including Neil Marshall’s 2005 worldwide horror hit THE DESCENT, which won a Saturn [...]

This Week In Movies: ‘Hereafter,’ ‘Paranormal Activity 2′

By Pete Hammond
Hollywoodnews.com: Halloween must be around the corner. It was clearly a supernatural week at the movies led by Paranormal Activity 2 (more on that below) and highlighted by the national release of Clint Eastwood’s masterful new drama, Hereafter, a multi-story formatted film in which three unrelated main characters search for meaning after experiencing death – or near-death- episodes that have a profound effect on their lives. The film opened on a limited basis last weekend in LA and NY to a very good $36,000 per screen and this week expanded to 2181 theatres and a $12 million plus gross which is slightly above par for Eastwood openings. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating though is a rather uninspired 51% although top critics give it a much higher 64% which seems more appropriate considering the ambition and the achievement of this intriguing film written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Last King Of Scotland). Warner Bros has done an extensive marketing campaign supported by Eastwood appearances on several TV shows including Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel and others. Eastwood also has done the Q&A circuit to drum up word of mouth including sessions in front of the Directors Guild, BAFTA-LA and the Screen Actors Guild.

When I caught up with him at the latter in North Hollywood last week he waxed nostalgic about the Lankershim neighborhood where the screening took place at the TV Academy. He recalled going into a local theater in the area to see one of his early films , Ambush At Cimarron Pass (1958), a miserable enough experience that he said it almost made his quit movies altogether. Fortunately he didn’t and now at 80(!) he is cooking on all burners, still producing significant works of meaning and quality most directors half his age couldn’t even begin to create. The film stars Matt Damon who won a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for another Eastwood fllm , Invictus last year and is terrific again here in an understated and moving performance as a psychic haunted by his own powers and looking to get out.
Co-star Cecile de France, the Belgian actress who has her biggest opportunity in American films as a French journalist whose near-death experience in a tsunami causes her to rethink her life, was also in LA last week after a whirlwind tour of New York , Chicago and San Francisco. She charmed [...]

Production Designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai to be honored by the ADG Film Society

HollywoodNews.com: The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will honor Production Designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai with a screening of the film “Devdas” (2002) on Sunday, August 29, at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood). Sponsored by Variety, this film is the fourth of this year’s screening series highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative colleagues. A panel discussion moderated by Production Designer John Muto will follow.
“Devdas,” based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella of the same name, was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced at the time of its release, and remains one of the most opulent Indian films ever. Filmed many times, “Devdas,” an Indian-style retelling of “Romeo and Juliet,” is considered a national treasure. The film features superstars Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit and is renowned for its elaborate palace sets, covering acres of backlot surrounding a reflecting lake. The film is also famous for its intricate dance sequences and choreography. “Devdas” won ten Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also India’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®.
Nitin Chandrakant Desai, a renowned art director and production designer of Indian Cinema, is best known for his work on films such as, “Josh” (2000); “Jodhaa Akbar” (2008); and “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” (2001). With over 22 years in the film industry, Desai has worked on more than 85 films. In 1999, he won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design for “Such a Long Journey” (1998).
Oscar winning director Oliver Stone teamed up with Desai to source locations for his film “Alexander” (2004). Stone’s plans for his epic film called for state-of the-art soundstage facilities that did not then exist in India. Desai immediately conceptualized a production studio in India, which would competitively stand alone within the global landscape. Nitin Desai Studios was born, where Desai was personally involved with all aspects of designing the studio.
Most recently, Desai has been praised for his work on “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008). He was the first designer to create a hydraulic set and Danny Boyle was inspired to use a similar set in addition to a set built by Desai to reflect the interiors of the Taj Mahal.
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Matthew Lewis Promotes BAFTA Young Video Game Designers Competition

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) recently announced Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) as their Young Games Designer Ambassador, and now they’ve announced details of their competition, which invites teams of three young people aged 11-16 from across the UK to submit a design for a new video game. Watch the video below as Matthew explains what the competition is about:

The winning team will be announced at the EA British Academy Children’s Awards in November.
About BAFTA:
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. BAFTA’s year-round Learning & Events programme offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, master classes, lectures and much more. It works with groups of all ages and backgrounds across the UK. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work.
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Emma Thompson to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: British star and Oscar winner Emma Thompson – best known to this generation as Professor Trelawney from the Harry Potter movies and as the title character in the Nanny McPhee movies, will receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The announcement was originally made in June 2009, and the unveiling ceremony for Thompson will be on August 6, 2010. The star will be the 2,416th in the Walk, and will be located outside of The Pig n’ Whistle British pub on Hollywood Boulevard.
Thompson has enjoyed a long and successful film career, earning two Oscar and two Golden Globe wins – one each for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Howard’s End in 1993, and for Best Writing/Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility in 1996); she’s had numerous other nominations and wins (Emmy, BAFTA, Saturn Awards, and Critic’s Choice, among others) over her 30-year career.
Thompson’s next appearance on the big screen will be in next month’s US release of Nanny McPhee Returns, which hits theaters on August 20, 2010.
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‘Spiderman’s’ Andrew Garfield is the “Hollywood Celebrity of the Week”

HollywoodNews.com: Andrew Garfield just landed himself the role of a lifetime that is guaranteed to launch him into worldwide stardom. The 26-year-old has just been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Some of Garfield’s past work include Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus playing opposite Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs, where he starred alongside Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; Revolution Films’ “Red Riding Trilogy – 1974” directed by Julian Jarrold, where he lead a stellar cast including Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey, and his unforgettable portrayal of a young ex-con in John Crowley’s “Boy A,” for which he earned the best actor BAFTA in 2008. There is no doubt that Garfield will quickly become a household name, and so we are pleased to announce him as our “Hollywood Celebrity of the Week.”
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