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Harvey Weinstein Cuts a Swath Through the Fall Fests, from 'August: Osage County' to Pick-Ups

The Weinstein Co. was on the move on the fall festival circuit. They unveiled hyped documentary "Salinger" to mixed response and Stephen Frears' Judi Dench vehicle "Philomena" to raves in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. They world-premiered at TIFF not only sprawling dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County," which will factor in the Oscar race for Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and possibly even supporting stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper, but "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, which failed to achieve take-off, the well-received "One Chance," based on the true story of a Welsh coal miner who goes on Britain's Got Talent and turns world class opera singer, and Maverick Series doc "12.12.12."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 3:13 PM
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TOH! Ranks the Best 'Pride and Prejudice' Screen Adaptations UPDATE (Clips)

With Jerusha Hess' "Austenland," starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen obsessive, hitting theaters August 16, and the 200th anniversary of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" celebrated earlier this year, we rank the best screen versions of the romantic classic which sees the uniting of bright, stubborn Elizabeth Bennet with the breathlessly handsome yet slow-to-warm Mr. Darcy. Video below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 2:10 PM
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Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy Further Immortalized with 12-Foot Statue in Lake

Remember that iconic moment in the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice" when Colin Firth's Mr.Darcy has just gone for an impromptu lake swim, and his soaked undershirt clings to his body, with those irresistible damp tendrils of hair hanging in his face? We know you do. (And if you need a refresher, we have video below.) Well, that moment is now further immortalized with a twelve-foot-tall statue in the middle of London's Serpentine Lake.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 8, 2013 1:17 PM
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Woody Allen Returns to France for Next Film Starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone

Woody Allen is returning to Europe this summer for the eighth time to shoot his next typically untitled comedy in southern France. British star Colin Firth and American actress Emma Stone topline the cast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2013 3:06 PM
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Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:59 PM
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Colin Firth Joins Nicole Kidman's Amnesia Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Colin Firth is joining Nicole Kidman to star in Rowan Joffe's "Before I Go to Sleep," a thriller set up at Scott Free and Millennium Films. The film is based on Brit novelist S.J. Watson's book of the same name. Joffe adapted the screenplay, which centers on a woman (Kidman) with amnesia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2013 1:41 PM
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Interview: Rupert Friend Talks Directing Short Film Debut 'Steve,' Starring Knightley and Firth

In Rupert Friend's short movie "Steve," the first-time director uses his sixteen minutes of film to put a tense twist on a slice-of-life portrait of neighbors interacting in a anonymous city. "Steve" is part of the Stars in Shorts series premiering this Friday.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 26, 2012 11:45 AM
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Trailer Watch: First Look at Firth & Diaz in 'Gambit'

Check out the trailer for Michael Hoffman's "Gambit," from a script by the Coen Brothers and starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. This is an update of the original 1966 crime comedy starring the incomparable Shirley MacLaine. Looks like Firth has adopted those Michael Caine shades.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2012 12:33 PM
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Review: Seven Shorts Showcase Rare Performances from Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Jason Alexander, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh

This fall, ShortsHD will present a collection of several brief films unambiguously titled "Stars in Shorts." Each of these otherwise unconnected seven films features big name talent including Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Keira Knightly, Kenneth Branagh, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and others. The seven films, reviewed below, will premiere in theaters on September 28th, followed by an iTunes/Pay Per View release on October 9.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 19, 2012 7:24 PM
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DVD Watch: First Roles of Now Famous Stars

Psst! If you want to peek into the past, Acorn Media is making it easy. Want to watch Keira Knightley at age 9? Try Acorn’s DVD of “A Village Affair,” a TV movie whose lesbian love story takes place in a small English village. How about Orlando Bloom at 13 in “Midsomer Murders"?
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • July 25, 2012 3:24 PM
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