‘Otto on Otto’: Gracie Otto turns the camera on her father Barry

Barry Otto (Photo credit: Jake Terrey).

When Gracie Otto told her friend Nick Broomfield that Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist and socialite David Tang had rejected her proposal to be profiled in a feature documentary, the filmmaker gave her some sage advice.

Instead of trying to make a film about Tang, who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain, Bloomfield suggested she look at a subject much closer to home: her father Barry Otto.

The venerable stage, film and TV actor agreed, so his daughter and producer Nicole O’Donohue, her collaborator on The Last Impresario, embarked on the doc entitled Otto on Otto.

“It’s a very personal film and a hard film to make,” says Gracie, who lived with her parents until she was 26 and later moved to the Us.

“He is so engaged in his career, he is the essence of an actor, but when he is not in
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Gracie Otto’s feature doc will retrace the studio at the centre of a music revolution

Dire Straits in Montserrat (Photo credit: Frank Oglethorpe)

Producer Cody Greenwood is drawing on strong family connections as she and director Gracie Otto prepare to shoot a feature documentary centred on a recording studio founded by The Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

In the 1980s Greenwood’s mother Frané Lessac, an author, illustrator and painter, lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat where Martin built the studio which played host to countless pop and rock icons including The Police, The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

Frané befriended Martin and many of the visiting musicians, Cody visited the island six or seven times and got to know Martin’s wife Judy and The Police’s Andy Summers.

Those connections paid off when Greenwood met with Judy and reps of Martin’s estate in London (he died in 2016) and got their permission to make the doc,
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The Last Word: Michael Caine on the First Time He Got High and the Role He Regrets Most

The Last Word: Michael Caine on the First Time He Got High and the Role He Regrets Most
From the start, few mistook Michael Caine for typical movie-star material. “I had a thick Cockney accent and I was a tall, skinny guy,” Caine recalls.

The situation was compounded during the filming of one of his first hits, 1965’s spy thriller The Ipcress File: “I wore glasses, and during the movie I tried to seduce a woman by cooking a meal for her in my kitchen. We got a note back from Hollywood saying, ‘Leading man looks gay — wears glasses, cooks and shops in groceries.’”

Yet Caine went
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Joe Osborn, Wrecking Crew Bassist, Dead at 81

Joe Osborn, Wrecking Crew Bassist, Dead at 81
Joe Osborn, the bassist in the famed Wrecking Crew, the group of studio musicians who performed on tracks like Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” has died at the age of 81.

Denny Tedesco, the director of the 2008 documentary The Wrecking Crew, confirmed to Rolling Stone that Osborn died December 14th following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Louisiana-born Osborn entered the music business as a member of Ricky Nelson’s backing band and appeared on the pop singer’s 1961 hit “Travelin
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Feature Docs About ‘Lion’ Writer Luke Davies & Sir George Martin’s Air Studios Score Screen Australia Funding

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Feature Docs About ‘Lion’ Writer Luke Davies & Sir George Martin’s Air Studios Score Screen Australia Funding
A feature doc about Lion and Beautiful Boy writer Luke Davies, a film about a recording studio on a remote island in the Caribbean built by Sir George Martin and a tale about underground horror filmmaker Dick Dale are some of the docs to have received funding from Screen Australia.

The Australian government-backed body has awarded A$3.5M (Us$2.5M) for 18 docs as part of its latest funding giveaway.

Milkman: The Story of Luke Davies tells the story of the author, who wrote the Australian feature Lion, which starred Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, and Steve Carrell and Timothee Chalamet-fronted Beautiful Boy. Davies is currently working on George Clooney’s Hulu drama Catch 22. The project is directed by Davies and Eddie Martin.

Under the Volcano explores Air studios Montserrat, a state-of-the-art recording facility tucked away on a remote island in the Caribbean. Built by Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the
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‘The Favourite’ Wins 10 British Independent Film Awards, Living Up to Its Title

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‘The Favourite’ Wins 10 British Independent Film Awards, Living Up to Its Title
The Favourite” lived up to its name at the British Independent Film Awards, picking up 10 of the 13 prizes for which it was nominated. Yorgos Lanthimos’ majestic period drama won Best British Independent Film, Director, Screenplay (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara), Actress (Olivia Colman), and Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), as well as a slew of technical awards.

Others managed to pick up a few prizes as well: “Roma” won Best International Independent Film, while Joe Cole’s performance in “A Prayer Before Dawn” earned him Best Actor laurels and Alessandro Nivola of “Disobedience” was named Best Supporting Actor.

Best British Independent Film: “The Favourite

Best Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite

Best Screenplay: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, “The Favourite

Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite

Best Actor: Joe Cole, “A Prayer Before Dawn

Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor: Alessandro Nivola, “Disobedience

Most Promising Newcomer: Jessie Buckley,
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‘The Favourite’ Dominates the British Independent Film Awards

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‘The Favourite’ Dominates the British Independent Film Awards
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” definitely lived up to its name at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, where it won 10 awards, including best director, best screenplay and best British independent film of 2018.

The awards were handed out at Old Billingsgate in London.

Lanthimos’ twisted period piece won in a category whose other nominees were “American Animals,” “Beast,” “Disobedience” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

Acting awards went to Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz for “The Favourite,” Joe Cole for “A Prayer Before Dawn” and Alessandro Nivola for “Disobedience.”

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the award for the best international indie, beating out the Gotham Awards winner “The Rider” and three other films in the Oscar foreign-language race: “Capernaum,” “Cold War” and “Shoplifters.”

The Bifa’s three breakthrough awards went to “Ray & Liz” producer Jacqui Davies and director Richard Billingham,
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‘The Favourite’ Reigns at British Independent Film Awards

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‘The Favourite’ Reigns at British Independent Film Awards
The Favourite” outpaced the field at the British Independent Film Awards with a record haul of 10 prizes, including best film, best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and best director for Yorgos Lanthimos. The darkly comic costume drama had been expected to fare well after receiving 13 nominations, and its five trophies at Sunday night’s starry ceremony in London came on top of five craft awards handed out earlier.

Colman’s performance as a gouty, capricious Queen Anne earned her her fourth Bifa and maintained her record of winning each time she has been nominated.

Joe Cole won the award for best actor for his portrayal of a boxer in a Thai prison, in “A Prayer Before Dawn.” “American Animals,” “You Were Never Really Here,” and “Ray and Liz” walked away with a pair of awards each, and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” was named best international film.
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Fantastic Beasts: You've Definitely Seen Young Grindelwald in a Harry Potter Movie Before

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Even as a prequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald won't shy away from flashbacks, because that's just how Wizarding World lore rolls. In his memories and in front of the Mirror of Erised, Albus Dumbledore reveals a complicated, as well as frustratingly vague, relationship with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in his younger days. As evil as he may become, teenage Grindelwald is quite the looker. And after you get over his total suaveness, you may recognize him if you followed the original Harry Potter movie series.

Yup, Jamie Campbell Bower is, arguably, one of the many Easter eggs for Harry Potter fans. He portrayed Grindelwald not only in the latest prequel movie, but also way back in the days of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. In the penultimate movie, Harry has a vision about a thief stealing the Elder Wand, and it's none other than Grindelwald. While Bower's role is relatively small,
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150 Things You Didn't Know About the Harry Potter Movies

Mark Harrison Nov 20, 2018

Join us on an exhausting trivia tour of the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Filling in the backstory of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is the tenth film in the franchise to date. Coming after the epic filmmaking endeavor that saw the seven Harry Potter books turned into global blockbusters, there's a heck of a lot to look at in terms of development, behind the scenes trivia, and details in the films themselves.

Just in case you're headed to a themed pub quiz any time soon, we've collected just 150 of these facts for you. Hopefully, it's a mix of some stuff you know, some stuff you've never noticed before, and something or other than will give you an edge over those guys at
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Fantastic Beasts: You've Definitely Seen Young Grindelwald in a Harry Potter Movie Before

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Even as a prequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald won't shy away from flashbacks, because that's just how Wizarding World lore rolls. In his memories and in front of the Mirror of Erised, Albus Dumbledore reveals a complicated, as well as frustratingly vague, relationship with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in his younger days. As evil as he may become, teenage Grindelwald is quite the looker. And after you get over his total suaveness, you may recognize him if you followed the original Harry Potter movie series.

Yup, Jamie Campbell Bower is, arguably, one of the many Easter eggs for Harry Potter fans. He portrayed Grindelwald not only in the latest prequel movie, but also way back in the days of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. In the penultimate movie, Harry has a vision about a thief stealing the Elder Wand, and it's none other than Grindelwald. While Bower's role is relatively small,
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Sky Atlantic Dates ‘Tin Star’ S2; A+E Networks Hires Int’l Scripted Exec; BIFAs To Fete Judi Dench – Global Briefs

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British pay-tv giant Sky has dated the second season of Tim Roth-fronted drama Tin Star. Sky Atlantic will launch the forthcoming run of the Kudos-produced series on January 24, 2019. The second season of the show, which also aired on Amazon in the U.S., comes after Roth’s Police Chief Jim Worth and his family were left destroyed by the chaos of season one. It picks up with the anarchic and unlikely hero, cut off in the remote Rockies wilderness with his grieving and shell-shocked family struggling to come to terms with their ordeal. Seeking refuge from her own parents, his daughter Anna, played by Abigail Lawrie, is taken in by the God-fearing Nickel family. However, the peaceful prairie family are harboring secrets of their own and it’s not long before Anna is forced to seek her father’s help.

A+E Networks International is ramping up its moves
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Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

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Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards
Judi Dench will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film at the upcoming British International Film Awards.

Dench joins an illustrious list of former winners of the award, which is in its 17th year, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt and Emma Thompson. Last year’s recipient was Vanessa Redgrave, who collected the award at the Bifa ceremony from Harris’ son, Jared.

“Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way,” he said. “Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor, she is undeniably both the standard-bearer and the gold standard for British actors.”

Dench’s long and varied film credits include “A Room With a View,” “Notes On a Scandal,” and the recent James Bond franchise, in which she starred as spy boss M.
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British Independent Film Awards: Judi Dench Honored With Richard Harris Award

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British Independent Film Awards: Judi Dench Honored With Richard Harris Award
Dame Judi Dench has another feather to add to her cap, as she has just been announced as this year’s recipient of the Richard Harris Award by the British Independent Film Awards. Bestowed upon performers for “outstanding contribution by an actor to British film,” the award was first established 17 years ago. Previous honorees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, and Emma Thompson.

“Dangerous on stage, on screen and apparently behind the wheel of a car, Dame Judi Dench and Richard Harris have a lot in common!” said Jarred Harris, whose father the award is named for. “We are delighted that she has agreed to accept this award. Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way. Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor,
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Judi Dench to receive honorary Bifa

Judi Dench to receive honorary Bifa
Actress will receive award at Bifa ceremony on December 2.

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have announced that Judi Dench will be honoured with the 2018 Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film.

The award recognises her acting career in the UK and advocacy of the British film industry across the globe.

This year’s Bifa awards ceremony takes place on Sunday December 2 at Old Billingsgate.

Previous winners of the award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, have included Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent,
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Fantastic Beasts 2 Filmmakers On How They Brought Back Dumbledore and Hogwarts

Caroline Preece Nov 16, 2018

David Heyman and David Yates talk about bringing fan favorites like Dumbledore and Hogwarts back to the Wizarding World franchise...

This story originally appeared on Den of Geek UK.

Not many filmmakers besides perhaps Peter Jackson with the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies could say that they have shepherded a franchise through multiple films across two separate franchises. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman, however, are now working on their seventh and eleventh Wizarding World movie, respectively, and spoke to Den of Geek about the current release The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

The first Fantastic Beasts film in retrospect could be seen as a kind of soft-reboot, easing in old and new fans alike to a new time period and world outside of the UK, this second film takes no prisoners layering in mythology, hidden family connections, creatures from the Potter films, and details
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Hollywood executives spark to Leah Purcell’s ‘The Drover’s Wife’ movie

Leah Purcell on stage in The Drover’s Wife (Photo credit: Belvoir)

Leah Purcell aims to start shooting the feature film adaptation of her play ‘The Drover’s Wife’ next September after pitching the project to major players in Hollywood.

Purcell and her producing partner Bain Stewart met with a raft of executives including reps of Fox Searchlight, Endeavour Content, Netflix’s film and television divisions and Amazon Prime on a visit to La as part of Screen Australia’s Talent USA initiative marking 25 years of Indigenous screen production.

Stewart and Purcell’s Oombarra Productions, who will produce with Bunya ProductionsDavid Jowsey and Greer Simpkin and Monumental PicturesAlison Owen, are looking to cover a significant gap in the budget of The Drovers Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson from Us-based financiers.

“Screen Australia gave us the perfect entrée for key meetings,” Stewart tells If. “There was a lot
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'The Favourite' tops 2018 Bifa craft awards

'The Favourite' tops 2018 Bifa craft awards
Other winners were ‘You Were Never Really Here’, ‘American Animals’ and ‘Early Man’.

The Favourite was the big winner of the British Independent Film Awards’ (BIFAs) craft categories, announced today (Nov 15).

Yorgos Lanthimos’ historical comedy won five awards: best casting for Dixie Chassay, best cinematography for Robbie Ryan, best costume design for Sandy Powell, best make up and hair design for Nadia Stacey and best production design for Fiona Crombie.

You Were Never Really Here won two awards; best music for Jonny Greenwood and best sound for Paul Davies.

The other awards went to American Animals, which won best editing for Nick Fenton,
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Jude Law Says Dumbledore’s Struggling With Inner Demons In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is not only properly introducing Johnny Depp’s dark wizard, after his cameo in the first movie, but it’ll also see the debut of Jude Law’s portrayal of future Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Law’s the third actor to play the professor, following Richard Harris and Michael Gambon, but we’re expecting a very different take on the character due to the prequel sequel being set many decades before he becomes the ol’ Albie that we’re familiar with.

While speaking with The Toronto Sun, Law talked a bit about how he got into the mindset of the character, saying that writer J.K. Rowling, as well as director David Yates, proved to be a huge help as she gave him a “clear picture” of who Dumbledore was as a person at this time in his life and the “demons” he carried around
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Jude Law Captured Everything Eddie Redmayne Loves About Dumbledore With Just One Look

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Jude Law Captured Everything Eddie Redmayne Loves About Dumbledore With Just One Look
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is among the most iconic and beloved characters, not only in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series, but in all of fantasy literature. And that some big robes to fill for Jude Law.

“It was a huge amount of responsibility,” Law said during a Q&A following an early fan screening of the new film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” at Universal Studios Hollywood on Saturday. “He’s a beloved Potter character. But I thought I was given a little bit of freedom to interpret him myself and I hope I stepped up.”

Law’s fellow cast mate Eddie Redmayne, who plays the film’s lead, Newt Scamander, said during the Q&A that experiencing Law’s turn as Dumbledore for the first time was next to magical.

Also Read: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' on Pace to Match Original's Opening Weekend

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