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LFF '11 Review: 'Dreams Of A Life' Is An Authentically Moving Portrait Of A Forgotten Life

  • By Sam Price
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  • October 17, 2011 6:01 AM
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Joyce Carol Vincent died in her flat in 2003. An unmarried forty year-old woman living alone in a less-than-luxurious one bedroom London bedsit, and surrounded by unopened Christmas presents, it would be three years before her remains (now simply decomposed to that of a skeleton), would ever be found -- and only then able to be identified by dental records.

Magnolia Will Take On Fernando Meirelles’ '360' But Don't Expect An Awards Season Push

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 3:48 AM
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One of the bigger disappointments of the festival season this fall was Fernando Meirelles' "360." The drama boasts a terrific ensemble including Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Foster, in a retelling of the classic Arthur Schnitzler play “Reigen” that chronicles the simple decision by one man to remain faithful to his wife and how it creates a ripple effect on various people worldwide, opening a window into modern relationships. But unfortunately, the promising concept failed to deliver, with the movie premiering at TIFF to mostly lukewarm reviews from audiences and critics alike. It wasn't immediately picked up in Toronto, but with the film opening the BFI London Film Festival yesterday, a deal is in the works with Magnolia to distribute the movie in the U.S.

'Dragon Tattoo' Writer Steve Zaillian Was Considering Directing American 'Red Riding' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 13, 2011 3:21 AM
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Film Will Likely Condense Trilogy, Could Be Set In PennsylvaniaSomewhere near the very top rung of recent crime movies, along with "Zodiac" and "A Prophet," is the "Red Riding" trilogy. Three films, from three different directors, based on David Peace's quartet of crime novels, and starring a who's who of British acting talent including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey and Peter Mullan, they were originally made for British TV, but were so well received that they rightfully found their way into movie theaters in the U.S.

'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Writing A Heist Flick With The Scale Of 'Heat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 7:53 AM
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'360' Pensmith Wrote The Story For Next Bond Film, But Never Got To Do A ScriptExclusive: Screenwriters can be typecast in the same way as actors, and if someone was to stereotype Peter Morgan at this point, it would be as "the biopic guy." He's picked up two Oscar nominations for films based on real people -- namely "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon" -- and along the way has tackled figures as varied as Tony Blair (three times), Bill Clinton, Lord Longford, Idi Amin, Brian Clough and, not once but twice, King Henry VIII. But he's been keen to stretch his wings for some time, with his two most recent films both being original scripts: firstly Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," and now, Fernando Mereilles' "360," with Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, which is, as we speak, opening the BFI London Film Festival.

Michael Winterbottom Planning To Direct Beatles Movie 'The Longest Cocktail Party'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 6:07 AM
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'Four Lions' Writer Jesse Armstrong Penning Script For Liam Gallagher-Produced Film, But Johnny Depp Likely Won't Play LeadExclusive: Few directors have such a keen eye for music as Michael Winterbottom. From The Cranberries-stuffed soundtrack in his sophomore feature "Butterfly Kiss" to "24 Hour Party People," one of the best films about rock'n'roll ever made, to the perverse 50s cuts in last year's "The Killer Inside Me," he's always had a great sense for the right backdrop to the action, whether it be an original score or a song. And now, it looks like the director is heading towards tackling perhaps the Holy Grail of popular music, by making a film about The Beatles.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

‘The Deep Blue Sea’ To Close BFI London Film Festival

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 30, 2011 10:26 AM
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Schoolboy euphemisms aside, there are presumably worse predicaments to find yourself in than being bookended by Rachel Weisz. No sooner had the organisers of the London Film Festival announced that one of Weisz’s forthcoming films would open the proceedings, Fernando Meirelles' “360,” when Empire got word that the actress’ long-awaited lead performance in Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea” will close out the festival. As is usually the case for the LFF, they’re cherry-picking the best of what’s on offer elsewhere. Both “360” and “The Deep Blue Sea” will premiere at Toronto in September, and the latter will also crop up at the San Sebastian International Film Festival the same month. An adaptation of the famous Terence Rattigan play (and not the Renny Harlin sharks-with-Alzheimer’s laff-fest) the film, which also stars Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale, tells the tale of a suicidal, adulterous woman who leaves her husband and shacks up with a boozy ex-Royal Air Force pilot.

Fernando Meirelles' '360' To Open The BFI London Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 11:31 AM
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Just when you thought you would have a break from all the festival announcements -- with Venice and Toronto locked in and New York solidifying their main program -- from across the ocean, the BFI London Film Festival is beginning to unveil what they will showcase for cinemaphiles in the U.K.

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