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Sky Buys Brexit Film ‘Nyet! – A Brexit U.K. Border Farce’ (Exclusive)

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With just 18 days to go before the U.K. is set to exit the European Union, Sky has acquired “Nyet! – A Brexit U.K. Border Farce.” The timely short film hails from Alex Helfrecht, Jorg Tittel and Philip Munger’s shingle Oiffy (“The White King”) and will be available to millions of Sky subscribers in the U.K. on the Sky Arts channel.

“Nyet!” mines a seam of black humor in which post-Brexit British border ports are clogged and there is an illicit trade in food from the European mainland. The short stars Olivia Williams (“An Education”), Beatie Edney (“Poldark”) and Garry Mountaine (“The Lobster”) alongside newcomers Gabriella Moran and Dimitri Gripari. Moran and Gripari play a young couple caught in post-Brexit customs hell in the film. The actors all gave their time for free.

The U.K. is entering another crunch week regarding Brexit, with talks with European Union
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Gold Derby Film Awards winners 2019: ‘The Favourite’ is the biggest champ, but ‘Roma’ takes Best Picture

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Gold Derby Film Awards winners 2019: ‘The Favourite’ is the biggest champ, but ‘Roma’ takes Best Picture
The Favourite” came out on top in one way at the 17th Annual Gold Derby Film Awards, while “Roma” was the big winner in another. “The Favourite” received the most awards when thousands of Gold Derby users picked the winners, but it was “Roma” that came away with Best Picture. Watch us announce all 22 categories in the webcast above, and scroll down for the complete list of nominees and winners.

The Favourite” had a field-leading 12 nominations at these awards, and it came away with five victories: Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. Colman’s wins for Best Actress and Best Ensemble are her first victories from Gold Derby, but she was already a three-time contender for her work on TV. We nominated her for her leading role in “Broadchurch” (2014) and for supporting turns in “The Night Manager” (2016) and “Fleabag” (2017).

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‘We've had a love-hate relationship’: Steve Coogan on bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC

Twenty-five years since he first appeared on screen, the immortal presenter is back where he began. His creator explains why a divided nation needs him more than ever

Steve Coogan was out for a meal last night, and this morning, while we talk on the phone, Twitter is lighting up with excited chat about his dinner companions. A photo posted by the actor David Schneider shows a smiling group shot: Schneider leaning in like any selfie-taker, surrounded by the grinning faces of Coogan, Chris Morris, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci. “We’d not sat down in the same room for 15 years, so we all met up and had dinner. It was jolly nice, actually,” says Coogan.

Marber decided the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking news parody, The Day Today, deserved a celebratory dinner. But the get-together was more than a chance to reminisce, as
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‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘A Very English Scandal’ Win USC Scripter Awards

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‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘A Very English Scandal’ Win USC Scripter Awards
Leave No Trace” has won the USC Libraries Scripter Award for best movie adaptation and “A Very English Scandal” took the television award.

Leave No Trace,” was adapted by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the 2009 novel “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock. “A Very English Scandal” was adapted by Russell T. Davies from John Preston’s book.

Granik also directed “Leave No Trace,” which stars Ben Foster as an Iraq War veteran suffering from Ptsd and Thomasin McKenzie as his 13-year-old daughter living in isolation in a public park in Portland, Ore., and then in the trackless woods.

The winners were announced Saturday night at USC’s Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library. “Leave No Trace” topped “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “The Death of Stalin,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.

“A Very English Scandal,” which centers on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal of the mid 1970s,
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Gold Derby Film Awards nominations 2019: ‘The Favourite’ and ‘A Star is Born’ come out on top

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Gold Derby Film Awards nominations 2019: ‘The Favourite’ and ‘A Star is Born’ come out on top
The Favourite” was the favorite film of more than 2,500 users who voted for the 17th Annual Gold Derby Film Awards nominations. It scored 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) and Best Ensemble. Scroll down to see the complete list of contenders in all 22 categories, watch our complete video announcement above, and vote for the winners right here and now.

The royal British comedy isn’t alone in the double digits. “A Star is Born” is close behind with 11 nominations, five of which go to Bradley Cooper as a producer, writer, director, lead actor, and a member of the ensemble cast. Cooper previously won Gold Derby Awards as a member of the ensemble casts of “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “American Hustle” (2013), but he has yet to win individual plaudits.

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USC Scripter Awards Nominations Often Tip Adapted Screenplay Oscar Race

The USC Libraries has revealed the finalists for the 31st-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the year’s best film and television adaptations, as well as the works on which they are based. This group of academics, industry professionals and critics (for which I vote) is often predictive of the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race.

Last year’s Scripter winners were “Call Me by Your Name” screenwriter James Ivory (who won the Oscar), and author André Aciman; past winners include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short” and “The Imitation Game,” which all won Oscars. In fact the past eight Scripter Award winners have gone on to win Oscars.

The finalist writers for film adaptation (listed in alphabetical order by film title):

Screenwriters Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for “Black Panther,” based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel
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USC Scripter Awards Nominations Often Tip Adapted Screenplay Oscar Race

The USC Libraries has revealed the finalists for the 31st-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the year’s best film and television adaptations, as well as the works on which they are based. This group of academics, industry professionals and critics (for which I vote) is often predictive of the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race.

Last year’s Scripter winners were “Call Me by Your Name” screenwriter James Ivory (who won the Oscar), and author André Aciman; past winners include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short” and “The Imitation Game,” which all won Oscars. In fact the past eight Scripter Award winners have gone on to win Oscars.

The finalist writers for film adaptation (listed in alphabetical order by film title):

Screenwriters Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for “Black Panther,” based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel
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USC Scripter Screenwriting Noms Set

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The USC Libraries has unveiled the finalists for the 31st annual Scripter Awards, which honor the year’s best adapted screenplays in film and television along with the works on which they are based. Winners will be announced at a ceremony February 9 at USC’s Doheny Library

This year, a tie in the TV voting resulted in six nominees. Overall, the 2019 Scripter selection committee chose finalists from a field of 90 film and 55 television adaptations.

Last year, the group chose James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name based on André Aciman original novel on the film side, and Bruce Miller for adapting Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in TV. The latter duo is nominated again this year.

Here’s the full list of this year’s noms:

Film

Black Panther

Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Disney
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Snag Scripter Award Nominations

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Snag Scripter Award Nominations
Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “The Death of Stalin,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Leave No Trace” have received nominations for the USC Libraries Scripter Award for best movie adaptation.

Due to a tie, six noms were announced on Tuesday in the television category for episodes of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Looming Tower,” “Patrick Melrose,” “Sharp Objects,” and “A Very English Scandal.”

The Scripter Awards, now in their 31st year, honor the year’s best film and television adaptations, along with the works on which they are based. The USC Libraries will announce the winners on Feb. 9 at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.

The scripts for “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” received nominations on Jan. 7 for the Writers Guild of America’s adapted screenplay award, along with “A Star Is Born” and “BlacKkKlansman.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Black Panther’ Land Nominations for Scripter Award

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Black Panther’ Land Nominations for Scripter Award
Thirty one years after his death, esteemed author James Baldwin has been nominated for his first Hollywood award. Baldwin is now a nominee for the 31st Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, an honor that recognizes both the author of an original work and the writer of its film or television adaptation.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is one of five films nominated for this year’s Scripter Award, along with “Black Panther,” “Leave No Trace,” “The Death of Stalin” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

In addition to Baldwin and Jenkins for “Beale Street,” the nominated writers are screenwriters Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole and original character creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for “Black Panther”; screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; screenwriters Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin and David Schneider and graphic novelists Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin for
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National Society Of Film Critics vote 'The Rider' best film

Roma earns three wins; The Death Of Stalin takes best screenplay.

Chloe Zhao’s The Rider was named best picture on Saturday (5) by the National Society Of Film Critics, while Olivia Colman for The Favourite and Ethan Hawke for First Reformed claimed acting honours.

Alfonso Cuarón won the directing and cinematography prizes for Roma, his Spanish-language Mexican film that also scooped the best foreign film award. In the supporting acting categories, Regina King prevailed for If Beale Street Could Talk, as did Steven Yeun for South Korea’s Burning.

Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, and Ian Martin claimed screenplay honours for The Death Of Stalin.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘The Rider’ Named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics

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‘The Rider’ Named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics
The Rider” has been named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics, marking the biggest win yet for Chloé Zhao’s gentle western. It previously won Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and was nominated for the same prize at last year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Also hailed by the Nsfc was “Roma,” which won Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The acting prizes went to “The Favourite” star Olivia Colman, Ethan Hawke of “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk’s” Regina King, and Steven Yeun of “Burning.” Lee Chang-dong’s cerebral thriller was also a runner-up in several categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign-Language Film.

The full list of winners:

Best Foreign Language Film

“Roma”, Runners-Up: “Cold War,” “Burning,” “Shoplifters”

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Runners-Up: Lee Chang-Dong (“Burning”), Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”)

Best Picture

The Rider”, Runners-Up: “Roma,
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National Society Of Film Critics Names Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ As Best Picture

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National Society Of Film Critics Names Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ As Best Picture
On the eve of the Golden Globes, The National Society of Film Critics revealed on their awards for the best achievements in film for 2018 with Chloe Zhao’s critically acclaimed drama The Rider winning Best Picture. Roma and Burning came in as runners-up.

Other winners include Roma‘s Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director and The Favourite’s Olivia Colman and First Reformed‘s Ethan Hawke winning acting accolades. Regina King continues to pave a golden road with a win for her role in Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk while Steven Yeun won for his dramatic and turn in Burning.

Read the complete list of winners below.

Best Picture: The Rider

Runners-Up: Roma, Burning

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Runners-up: Lee Chang-dong, Burning, Chloé Zhao, The Rider

Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Runners-Up: Regina Hall, Support the Girls; Melissa McCarthy,Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King,
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National Society of Film Critics Names ‘The Rider’ Best Picture

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National Society of Film Critics Names ‘The Rider’ Best Picture
The National Society of Film Critics announced their 2019 award winners Saturday afternoon, with winners including Olivia Colman for “The Favourite” and Ethan Hawke for “First Reformed.”

Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” took home the best picture title, with Alfonso Cuaron taking best cinematography for “Roma” and Regina King earning a nod for “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

See the winners list below.

Best Non-Fiction Film: “Minding the Gap”, Runners-Up: “Shirkers,” “Amazing Grace

Best Foreign Language Film: “Roma”, Runners-Up: “Cold War,” “Burning,” “Shoplifters

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Runners-Up: Lee Chang-Dong (“Burning”), Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”)

Best Picture: “The Rider”, Runners-Up: “Roma,” “Burning

Best Actress: Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Runners-Up: Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”), Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Runners-Up: Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”), Runners-Up: Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity
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2019 National Society of Film Critics Awards: Complete list of winners led by ‘The Rider,’ Olivia Colman, Ethan Hawke

Unlike most critics groups, the National Society of Film Critics (Nsfc) discloses the results of voting. Forty-two of the 60 members of the society cast ballots on Saturday, January 5 with 20 in attendance at Lincoln Center and another 9 joining in via Skype from cities nationwide. In addition, 13 members voted by proxy but their votes only count in races that are decided on the first ballot.

Below: The complete list of winners, including the voting scores for each award (note how one-sided some of the contests were). Read the full winners report on the 2019 Nsfc Awards.

Best Picture

The Rider” (44 points)

Runners-up

Roma” (41 points)

“Burning” (27 points)

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (60 points)

Runners-up

Lee Chang-dong, “Burning” (22 points)

Chloé Zhao, “The Rider” (22 points)

Best Actress

Olivia Colman, ”The Favourite” (36 points)

Runners-up

Regina Hall, “Support the Girls” (33 points)

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (27 points)

Best Actor

Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” (58 points)

Runners-up

Willem Dafoe,
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2019 Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions
Returning veterans take the lead: Brad Bird could land his fifth Oscar nomination for Disney/Pixar smash sequel “Incredibles 2.” His scripts for “Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” both scored Original Screenplay nominations and the films took home Oscars for Best Animated Feature. And “In the Loop” and “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci could earn a second nomination for turning satiric comic book “The Death of Stalin” (IFC Films) into a BAFTA-nominated indie hit.

Spike Lee is another possibility. “Do the Right Thing” scored an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, and in 2016 he won an honorary Oscar, and now has strong reviews as well as the Cannes Grand Jury Prize for “BlacKkKlansman”. Produced by Jordan Peele and Jason Blum, the outrageous and provocative true tale starring John David Washington and Adam Driver as Colorado undercover cops who join the Kkk could score some Oscar nods.

Debra Granik played both Sundance and Cannes with Directors
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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)

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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)
Armando Iannucci’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is rounding out its cast.

Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie,”Dunkirk” breakout Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar have all joined Dev Patel, who will play the title character. FilmNation could not be reached for comment.

The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.

Iannucci and Blackwell previously collaborated with Tony Roche
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Film Review: Chaos of Power in Hilarious ‘The Death of Stalin’

Chicago – If you want a film to take your mind off the current American power structure, that at the same time provides some truth to the situation, you won’t do better than “The Death of Stalin.” A monster comedic cast – including Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor – is assembled for this hilarious farce.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

The setting is the Soviet Union in 1953. Josef Stalin, the Premier of the State, continues his iron-fisted rule of the region. When he drops dead, the “Central Committee” of the Communist Party must deal with the transition, which includes a funeral, relatives and their own lust for power. The film is done in the King’s English, with Buscemi and Tambor adding some American flavor, and no attempt is made to have Russian accents. It escalates into a swear-word-filled chaos, an obvious satire and symbol of modern authoritarianism. Using this horrible monster’s death (he executed 600,000 of his own people,
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'The Death of Stalin' Review: Political Satire on Dictators, Corruption Draws Blood

'The Death of Stalin' Review: Political Satire on Dictators, Corruption Draws Blood
Who'd have thought the demise of a kill-happy Russian dictator could leave you laughing helplessly? That's The Death of Stalin for you, a slapstick tragedy – and for the funniest, fiercest comedy of the year so far – from the fertile mind of Armando Iannucci, the British political satirist behind the HBO's Veep and the sensational, Strangelovian In the Loop (2009). First, imagine a government run by lunatics (In the age of Trump and Kim Jong-un, that's not so hard.) Then rewind to the Moscow of 1953, when Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) holds
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