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Cannes Review: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Ranks Among His Very Best Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2014 8:32 AM
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Mr. Turner
Things acclaimed British director Mike Leigh is known for: wry comedy-drama poking at ordinary lives and the class system, a compassionate yet sharp take on the human condition, his almost unique working method that involves workshopping and improvising for months with his cast before a frame of film is shot. Things Mike Leigh is not known for: lavish biographical dramas, sweeping landscapes, gorgeous photography.

'Les Miserables' Star Samantha Barks & Susan Boyle Light Up 'The Christmas Candle'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 4, 2013 11:21 AM
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So, remember when it was announced last fall that a biopic on reality TV sensation Susan Boyle was in the works? Well, it looks like she's going to star in a movie first.

Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley & Lesley Manville Join 'Maleficent' With Angelina Jolie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 4:54 PM
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With cameras set to roll this summer, "Maleficent" is moving fast, and after adding Sharlto Copley last week, it has bolstered the cast with some more, mostly British names. 

Mike Leigh Veteran Lesley Manville & 'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Join Stone Roses Movie 'Spike Island'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 1:40 PM
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For a band who only ever released two albums, one of which was rubbish, The Stone Roses continue to maintain a prominent place in pop culture, in the U.K. at least. And the Manchester favorites, behind tracks like "I Am The Resurrection" and "She Bangs The Drum" are cementing their place in 2012 with a long-awaited reunion, playing three sold-out hometown gigs this June (which will be filmed by Shane Meadows) ahead of festival apperances later in the year.

Lesley Manville, Damian Lewis & Stellan Skarsgard Round Out Cast For Carlo Carlei's 'Romeo And Juliet'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 2, 2012 1:17 PM
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Last year's Best Actress nominee Lesley Manville (for "Another Year"), "Homeland" star Damian Lewis and everyone's favorite character actor Stellan Skarsgard have rounded out the cast for Carlo Carlei's latest adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet."

Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess & Lesley Manville Team For Noir 'Ashes'; Film Co-Financed By Coldplay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 5:30 AM
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We're not sure what's going on in the Chris Martin household, but Apple's parents are looking to be switching up their careers. With Gwyneth Paltrow making strides into the music biz, Martin and his bandmates are now dipping their toes into the hard knock world of film financing.

Oscarbation: 11 Oscar Nominee Snubs That Agitate Us

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 25, 2011 4:32 AM
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Every year, we wake up for the Academy Award nominations expecting a surprise, hoping the same ten or fifteen movies don't keep getting referenced, honored, what-have-you. Last year, the Academy did a decent job as the field of Best Picture candidates swelled to ten, allowing for more exposure for films from different categories. We're not going to go around endorsing "District 9" as one of that year's finer films, but we were happy it got to sit at the table.

Review: 'Another Year' Is Four Bittersweet Seasons Of Laughter, Love & Tears

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 29, 2010 5:25 AM
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This review originally ran during the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

The Breakthrough Performances Of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 27, 2010 6:23 AM
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The Ladies Dominate The Breakout Field This Year

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