Laura Linney Has Fond Memories of ‘Love Actually,’ Even If You Don’t

Laura Linney Has Fond Memories of ‘Love Actually,’ Even If You Don’t
“Love Actually” grows more controversial by the year, with diehard fans considering it a peak rom-com and detractors decrying it as shallow and manipulative. Laura Linney isn’t here to weigh in on the debate — though, considering she was part of the ensemble cast, one imagines she at least likes the film — but she does fondly recall one of her most memorable scenes. “People feel sorry for me, but they shouldn’t. I really believe I got the best kiss in that movie, hands down,” she said about her sequence opposite Rodrigo Santoro on “The Graham Norton Show.”

“It was sweet because be were both very brokenhearted when we made that movie. He had just been dumped, I had just been dumped,” Linney added. “I remember the day we were gonna go shoot the scene, we both sort of slumped to the van. He was like, Laura, ‘My heart is broken.
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Netflix Original Movies: What to Look Forward To in 2019

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Following the biggest fourth-quarter worldwide subscriber gain ever and some controversy around increased prices in the U.S., Netflix looks to keep its momentum going into 2019.

From Jan. 18 through March, the streaming site will release 10 original films, including action-packed thrillers, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi, quirky comedies, inspirational dramas, an artistic horror movie and a viral documentary.

Subscribers can watch the action flick “Close,” documentary “Fyre” and sci-fi movie “Io,” while “Polar” with Mads Mikkelsen drops next week. February kicks off with the horrific “Velvet Buzzsaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Steven Soderbergh and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “High Flying Bird” comes a week later. Comedies “The Breaker Upperers” and “Paddleton” round out the month. Finally, March brings two films based on true stories, “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” and “The Dirt.”

Close (Jan. 18)

Noomi Rapace stars as a counter-terrorist expert in this action thriller inspired by the real life of one
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Sundance 2019: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle & Laurie Anderson Among Jurors, ‘Glow’s Marianna Palka To Host Awards

Sundance 2019: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle & Laurie Anderson Among Jurors, ‘Glow’s Marianna Palka To Host Awards
From Dear White People and Sorry to Bother You star Tessa Thompson, Oscar winning director Damien Chazelle, Palme d’Or winner and Top of the Lake director Jane Campion, there are a lot of Sundance alums named today as jurors for the 112-film festival kicking off next week.

As well as who will decided the victors in the seven juried categories, another Sff veteran and Glow actor Marianna Palka was revealed as the host of the February 2 awards ceremony in sure to be chilly Park City the day before the Super Bowl.

As they have in the past, Sundance attendees will help decide the Audience Awards winners in the World competition, U.S. competition and Next categories.

Having braved the inevitable show and cold for their love of cinema, TV and what could be the next big thing at the Robert Redford-founded fest, ticket holders will once again be
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Sundance 2019 Juries Include Jane Campion, Damien Chazelle, Tessa Thompson, and More

When the Sundance Film Festival kicks off next week, the annual event will flood Park City, Utah with plenty of high-powered talent, and it seems that this year’s jury members might offer up as much notoriety and star power as the people on the big screen. The Sundance Institute has announced the “20 celebrated and revered expert voices across film, art, culture, and science” who will make up this year’s juries, designed to award feature-length and short films shown at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with 12 prizes. Those names include filmmakers Jane Campion, Damien Chazelle, Yance Ford, Rachel Grady, Ciro Guerra; screenwriters Phyllis Nagy and Sev Ohanian; actors Tessa Thompson, Sheila Vand, and Corey Stoll; and many more.

All this year’s winners, save for the short film awardees (which are announced at a separate ceremony on January 29), will be announced at a ceremony on February 2 that will be lives​treamed at ​sundance.
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Previewing Sundance 2019: The HeyUGuys team is ready for another year and is here to preview the biggest names, films and expectations

HeyUGuys will have its Sundance team back in the Mountains next week as Nathan McVay and Ty Cooper travel to Utah to discover the year’s best Independent films. The 2019 lineup is a little different to years past, but still has a deep crop of big names, films and choices.

Each year after the slate is announced McVay and Cooper e-mail back and forth discussing the lineup and what movies excite, surprise or confuse them. Here are some highlights of their e-mail exchange for a very unconventional preview of this year’s Sundance.

Nathan:

Thursday, Dec 6, 15:24 Cst

Well it’s incredibly cold outside, I am always freezing, and I have no more money left because I have spent it all on Christmas presents. You know what that means?

Yup! It’s Sundance Lineup season! While I can never be disappointed by a Sundance lineup, this year definitely took me by surprise.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directing Debut Kicks Off New York International Film Festival

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directing debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind will kick off the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The 22nd annual fest runs from February 22nd through March 17 and will feature live action, documentary, Vr, and experimental shorts from over 30 countries.

Based on William Kamkwamba’s memoir, the narrative centers on a determined [...]

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Sundance title 'The Sound Of Silence' gets international sales deal

Sundance title 'The Sound Of Silence' gets international sales deal
Peter Sarsgaard stars as a self-taught scientist.

UK-based sales and financing company Film Constellation has picked up international rights to Michael Tyburski’s The Sound Of Silence, ahead of its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival (January 24 – February 3).

The film is Tyburski’s feature debut, and adapted from his and writer-produer Ben Nabors’ short Palimpsest, winner of the special jury prize at Sundance 2013. UTA is handling North American rights on the feature.

It tells the story of self-taught scientist Peter (Peter Sarsgaard), who analyses the acoustic characteristics of houses. A meeting with Ellen (Rashida Jones) reveals a fault in his practice.
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Berlin adds Agnieszka Holland, Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor titles

Berlin adds Agnieszka Holland, Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor titles
Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones to premiere in Berlin’s Competition.

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival has bolstered its Competition and Berlinale Special line-ups with the addition of further titles.

A total of 11 films have been added to the Competition programme, including Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones (previously Gareth Jones), starring James Norton, and a documentary by Agnès Varda titled Varda By Agnès, which will play Out of Competition.

Further titles added include a new Netflix film by Isabel Coixet, titled Elisa & Marcela, and Yuval Adler’s The Operative, starring Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman; the latter will premiere out of competition.
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Berlin Adds Films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lineup

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Berlin Adds Films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lineup
New films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda and Isabel Coixet have been added to the official lineup of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, along with special screenings of directorial debuts by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and “Narcos” star Wagner Moura of Brazil.

The Berlinale added 11 titles to its competition slate Thursday, representing countries such as China, Norway, Mongolia and Israel. Of the 18 competition titles selected so far, eight are directed by women, including festival opener “The Kindness of Strangers,” by Danish director Lone Scherfig.

Holland’s eagerly anticipated “Mr. Jones,” starring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby, will have its world premiere in Potsdamer Platz. The politically charged film centers on the real-life Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (Norton), whose reporting uncovered a deadly famine in Ukraine in the 1930s.

Another famine-themed film heading to Berlin is Ejiofor’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” which was recently acquired by Netflix and
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Berlin Lineup Additions: Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche, Wagner Moura, Diane Kruger Movies Join

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Berlin Lineup Additions: Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche, Wagner Moura, Diane Kruger Movies Join
The Berlin Film Festival has added movies by Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel Coixet and Wang Quan’an to its competition programme. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind will play in the Berlinale Special strand. Scroll down for the full list of additions to the batch of films already announced for the competition.

Coixet’s (The Bookshop) black-and-white feature Elisa & Marcela, the true-story of two women who got married in Spain in 1901 after one adopted a male identity, will likely receive an extra dose of media attention given that it is a Netflix acquisition, marking the streaming giant’s first film to screen in competition in Berlin. Festival director Dieter Kosslick has previously said that competition films must have a theatrical release.

Among other highlights announced today are James Norton and Vanessa Kirby starrer Mr. Jones from Polish director Agnieszka Holland and Italian mafia pic Piranhas,
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All the Reasons You Recognize The Lion King's New Scar

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There are plenty of things you can say about the upcoming remake of Disney's classic The Lion King, but "the cast sucks" certainly isn't one of them. The voice cast is chock-full of big-name stars, from Donald Glover as Simba to Beyoncé as Nala to John Oliver as Zazu. There's even a bit of casting nostalgia: the legendary James Earl Jones and his unmistakeable voice will be returning as Mufasa, the same character he voiced in the 1994 original movie. And if you've been to the movies at all in the past few years, chances are you also recognize the actor who's lending his voice to Scar, the villainous usurper at the heart of the conflict, voiced by Jeremy Irons in the original film.

Chiwetel Ejiofor began his career on stage in his native England, where he starred in several Shakespeare plays including Othello and Romeo and Juliet. He made
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Disney chief says The Lion King isn’t animation or live-action

This year sees Disney tripling down on its live-action remakes of its animated classics with Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King – although in the case of the latter, “live-action” isn’t really the correct definition, seeing as the Jon Favreau-directed movie is created entirely through CGI.

So, if it’s not a live-action movie, then its an animated one, right? Well, not according to Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, who has told THR that:

“It is a new form of filmmaking. Historical definitions don’t work. It uses some techniques that would traditionally be called animation, and other techniques that would traditionally be called live action. It is an evolution of the technology Jon used in The Jungle Book.”

What do you make of Bailey’s comments? Do we need a new definition, or is it really just another type of animation? Let us know in the comments below…
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #123. El cuento de las comadrejas – Juan José Campanella

The Weasels (El Cuento de las comadrejas)

Argentina’s Juan José Campanella, who oscillates back and forth between television and film, returns with eighth feature The Weasels (El Cuento de las comadrejas), a remake of the 1976 film Yesterday’s Guys Used No Arsenic from Jose A. Martinez Suarez. Produced by Campanella and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky, the project stars Clara Lago, Oscar Martinez, Luis Brandoni and Graciela Borges. Juan Jose Campanella is best known for his 2009 title The Secret in Their Eyes (review / interview), which competed in San Sebastian and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.…
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A Prelude to Our Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019 Countdown

For our annual list of most anticipated foreign films, we have compiled an expanded list, tacking on an extra hundred titles to our usual 200 for a total of 300 projects we are looking forward to in the coming year. For the top 150 titles, we will begin unveiling one-by-one. However, for the second half of our selection, please have a look at many of the international offerings on the horizon which we didn’t examine in greater depth. Among them are some exciting directorial debuts from actors, what we hope to be come-backs for certain directors (such as Jorge Michel Grau with Bunker), some compelling debuts from new artists (Greta from Armando Praco and Acid from Alexander Gorchilin), plus a number of celebrated French directors to look forward to.…
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The most anticipated films of 2019: 41-50

What big-screen treats does the new year have in store? We’re running a preview of cinema’s spring highlights on 2 January, but here’s the first in a five-part look at 2019’s key titles

Apparently another “live action” remake of a Disney classic, but in fact a photorealistic CGI rendering, in the recent Jungle Book style (with which The Lion King shares director Jon Favreau). Donald Glover voices Simba, the princely cub, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is mean old Scar, the lionly uncle who is out to grab the throne for himself.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut wins Sundance Sloan Award by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-12-21 12:18:19

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind has won the Alfred P Sloan prize Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial feature debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind has been named as the winner of the 2019 Alfred P Sloan Feature Film prize - given to a film that features science or technology as a theme, or depicts a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.

Ejiofor also stars in the film - which will be the Festival's opening night film in Salt Lake City - that tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, who as a 13-year-old boy in Malawi, invented an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

The festival also announced two additions to its Midnight strand - Wounds directed by Under The Shadow filmmaker Babak Anvari and starring Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson; and Patrick Brice's Corporate Animals, which
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Scott Derrickson to return to the helm on ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel

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The subject of a ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel has been talked about ever since the first landed and even the death of Strange at the finger snapping hands of Thanos can keep the good doctor down. It has been confirmed there will be a follow-up and Scott Derrickson has signed on to return to the helm. There is no word yet that his writing partner C. Robert Cargill will be back to co-write the script.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the good doctor-turned-master of the mystic arts, as will Benedict Wong, who plays his right-hand man, Wong. Rachael McAdams, who played Stephen Strange’s love interest, is thought to be returning as well.

Derrickson also wrote the first, but it’s looking like he might not put pen to paper for the sequel as word is Marvel are currently searching for a new scribe.

Also in the news – Jake Gyllenhaal
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BBC Films hires Claudia Yusef as head of development

Yusef joins from Number 9.

BBC Films has added to its new-look team with the hire of Claudia Yusef as its new head of development.

Yusef joins from Number 9 Films, where she held the same position since earlier this year. She had previous roles at the Scottish Film Network and 42.

At BBC Films, Yusef will lead on the organisation’s development slate, guiding projects through to production, and will report directly to director Rose Garnett. Her role will also see her work across the wider BBC to create opportunities for talent to work across genres and platforms.

Yusef will take
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BBC Films Hires Former Number 9 Exec Claudia Yusef As Head Of Development

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BBC Films has appointed Claudia Yusef as Head Of Development. Reporting directly to Director of BBC Films, Rose Garnett, Yusuf will take up her role in January 2019 and will be part of the BBC Films’ management team.

Yusuf most recently served as Head Of Development for UK production firm Number 9 Films, producer of Colette, a role she took up in May of this year. Prior to Number 9, she was Talent Development Executive at the Scottish Film Network, part of BFI Network. She has also worked as Development Executive at 42 Management and Production.

BBC Films has gone through a makeover since the arrival of Garnett in 2017. New faces in the editorial team include Development Executives, Sam Gordon and Dionne Farrell. Gordon joined BBC Films in February 2018 from Baby Cow Films where he was a Development Executive. Farrell, who joined in October 2018, previously worked at Pulse Films, Rooks Nest Entertainment, and
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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel
Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel.

The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. “Doctor Strange” centered on Cumberbatch’s surgeon character deciding to practice mystic arts after a career-ending car accident left his hands injured. Instead, he began learning about the astral plane, the hidden world of magic, and other dimensions.

The movie was a solid performer at the box office, grossing $677 million worldwide. “Doctor Strange” also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Disney and Marvel have not yet dated the “Doctor Strange” sequel. Doctor Strange was created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. The
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