Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs
Total of 842 people from 59 countries invited by AMPAS.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.

The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.

International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit Arp Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions,
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‘American Animals’ Outfit Raw Boosts TV Drama Team With Head Of Scripted From Studio Lambert

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‘American Animals’ Outfit Raw Boosts TV Drama Team With Head Of Scripted From Studio Lambert
American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw has hired Sara Murray from UK producer Studio Lambert to serve in the newly created role of head of scripted TV.

Murray will be tasked with growing the company’s TV scripted division. At Studio Lambert, which like Raw is owned by All3Media, she was an executive producer on upcoming ten-part Amazon/Virgin Media series The Feed by Channing Powell

(The Walking Dead), and worked on shows including Girl On A Wire by Thomas Martin (Tin Star).

Raw’s TV scripted development slate includes projects with Clio Barnard, Lucy Kirkwood, Tom Edge and Juliette Towhidi, alongside Bart Layton’s first scripted TV commission. The firm is also currently in production on factual series for Netflix, CNN and Discovery.

Murray was previously script editor on Andrew Davies’ ITV drama Dr Zhivago, TV development producer on hit Channel4 series Top Boy by Ronan Bennett
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Testament of Youth: The ‘Great War’ from a Woman’s Angle

The tragedy of World War One and how it robbed England of a generation of bright young men is recreated from a woman’s point of view in The Testament of Youth. Based on a best-selling memoir by Vera Brittain, published in 1933 and dramatized for British television in 1979, it’s fresh fodder for an American audience and presented in a manner that is forthright without ever lapsing into cliché. Some cynics may dismiss it as Masterpiece Theatre fodder, but Brittain’s story offers substance and surprise, as interpreted by screenwriter Juliette Towhidi and director James Kent. And if there is nothing particularly revolutionary in their approach, the story is solid and especially ...

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DVD Review: 'Testament of Youth'

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★★★★☆ James Kent's magnificent feature debut Testament of Youth (2014), based on Vera Brittain's bestselling memoir about the First World War, is a real tearjerker that should move male and female audiences alike and appeal to fans of Joe Wright's Atonement (2007). Screenwriter Juliette Towhidi (Love, Rosie) focuses on Brittain's coming of age - from the rural idyll where she grew up, through the hallowed halls of Oxford, to the horrors of war - the loss she endured and the carnage she witnessed. All naturally led her down the path of pacifism. Vera (Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina), is desperate to study at Oxford but her father (Dominic West) disapproves of her academic ambition.
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Testament of Youth movie review: woman’s war story

A compassionate, distressing tale of a woman’s determination to find her own purpose, full of heartbreaking moments that pile up until they’re unbearable. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; fascinated by World War I

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I keep saying it: Women have war stories too. War is not the exclusive province of men, whatever Hollywood would have us think. And Vera Brittain’s experiences during World War I make up one of the great women’s war stories: her 1933 book about her life and the war’s impact on her family and on British society was a bestseller, and its success gave her a public platform as a pacifist during WWII and into the Cold War.

This adaptation of her Testament of Youth,
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Giveaway: Win 'Love, Rosie' DVD Signed by Lily Collins

Giveaway: Win 'Love, Rosie' DVD Signed by Lily Collins
The heartwarming comedy-of-errors Love, Rosie makes its DVD debut May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), the delightful romantic comedy is based on the bestselling novel by Cecelia Ahern. We have a contest lined up where our readers can take home copies of this new DVD and the book this romance is adapted from, with one grand prize winner taking home the book plus a DVD signed by Lily Collins.

Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between,
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Love, Rosie Movie Review

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Love, Rosie Movie Review
Title: Love, Rosie Director: Christian Ditter Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone, Christian Cooke and Lily Laight Fearlessly pursuing your goals and dreams, no matter how many obstacles or conflicts stand in your way, is a praiseworthy stance not many people always have the courage to follow. But the two lead characters in director Christian Ditter’s new romantic comedy, ‘Love, Rosie,’ entrancingly proves that despite the continuous struggles people face in their personal and professional lives, their faith and persistence will lead them to their desires. The movie, which is based on Cecelia Ahearn’s acclaimed book, ‘Where Rainbows End,’ and penned by screenwriter Juliette Towhidi, mixes its [ Read More ]

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Love, Rosie Review

Romantic comedies take more than their fair share of beatings from critics, who typically gripe about saccharine plots, thin characters and potentially hazardous amounts of schmaltz. There’s such a bias toward romcoms that most audiences outside of teenage girls tend to avoid them like the plague – and some films, like last year’s Blended, show that maybe there’s a good reason for that. But then comes along a film like Love, Rosie to prove that not every “chick flick” has to feel like pulling teeth.

You may not have heard of Love, Rosie. It features two sought-after Hollywood stars – Lily Collins of the now-stalled Mortal Instruments franchise, and Sam Claflin of the record-breaking Hunger Games franchise – yet received a tiny February release with little to no publicity, a surefire sign that execs aren’t holding their breath for sizeable returns. One has to wonder why its distributor isn
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Film Review: 'Testament of Youth'

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★★★★☆ Débutante British feature film director James Kent, along with Calendar Girls (2003) screenwriter Juliette Towhidi, has succulently crafted an emotionally bruising, evocative and smartly streamlined adaptation of one of the greatest rallying cries to pacifism, Vera Brittain's remarkable Testament of Youth (2015). An account of her war years between 1914-18, Brittain's book is unique in a variety of ways and the challenges of adapting for the screen are numerous as a result. Kent, who gathers a cast of extremely bright young things, creates a drama that glides with sorrowful grace, pitching at a respectful and tear-inducing tone.
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Wwi Drama 'Testament of Youth'

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Sony Pictures Classics has announced the acquisition of North American rights to "Testament of Youth," directed by James Kent. Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the story, adapted by Juliette Towhidi, follows Vera, an irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded young woman, who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. The synopsis continues: "With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s brilliant friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front, Vera realizes she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse and sets off for France. " The film stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Joanna Scanlan,
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Testament of Youth,’ Starring ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kit Harington

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Testament of Youth,’ Starring ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kit Harington
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian rights to Protagonist Pictures’ World War I drama “Testament of Youth,” starring “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington, the company announced on Friday.

The film, based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of the same name, follows the open-minded author’s journey to overcome prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford University, only to join her peers’ fight for their country by volunteering to be a nurse helping the wounded in France.

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Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (“Seventh Son
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Spc acquires Testament of Youth

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First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.

Sony Pictures Classics announced has acquired the rights in North America, Latin America and Asia to Testament of Youth. Based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name, the deal was negotiated with Mike Goodridge and Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Spc.

The film, directed by James Kent and adapted by Juliette Towhidi, stars Alicia Vikander and Game of ThronesKit Harington.

Vikander plays Brittain, who idyllic life in the countryside is shattered when the First World War sees those closest to her called to the front line. It follows her story as she abandons a Oxford University scholarship to enter the fray as a nurse and deals with the struggle of love and loss during wartime.

Speaking of the deal, director Kent said: “The prospect of this extraordinary story being cherished by an American audience is extremely
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Testament Of Youth’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Latin American and Asian rights to James Kent’s Testament Of Youth starring Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones). The film is an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s epic First World War romantic drama. Juliette Towhidi wrote the script.

Testament Of Youth is produced by David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films, co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk. The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, Lipsync and Ingenious.

The deal was negotiated with Mike Goodridge and Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics.

“I have known Michael and Tom for many, many years and have admired their vision,
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Amanda’s Adaptations: Testament Of Youth – Book Vs Film

Vera Brittain’s memoir The Testament of Youth is as close to time travel as many of us will ever get. Her intoxicating writing style sucks you into an era full of promise, of tradition and – sadly, of course – immense loss. The book is incredibly dense and takes the reader through her younger years at school, her mission to get into Oxford, the outbreak of war and beyond as Vera gets involved in the aftermath (I use first names simply because, having read the book, I feel like more than a passing acquaintance!).

Though it is a slightly older woman who is writing the book itself, we see great insight into her younger self through the many diary entries, poems and letters that are quoted throughout the text which highlight her changing attitudes as the war continues and her life changes so dramatically.

There are so many elements to The
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Testament of Youth review: Alicia Vikander shines as Vera Brittain

Testament of Youth review: Alicia Vikander shines as Vera Brittain
Director: James Kent; Screenwriter: Juliette Towhidi; Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson; Running time: 130 mins; Certificate: 12A

After a '70s BBC TV adaptation, Vera Brittain's World War I memoir Testament of Youth comes to the big screen this week under the stewardship of Harry Potter producer David Heyman and director James Kent. What emerges is a well-mounted drama that's a moving look at the seismic effect the Great War had on a generation.

Fast-rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander is the beating heart of the story, bringing spirit and steely determination (not to mention an impeccable British accent) to the role of Brittain. This will come as no surprise to those who caught her in A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina, and with Testament of Youth the first of eight films she has coming up in 2015, it's looking like a big year.
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Lily Collins And Sam Claflin Are More Than Friends In Love, Rosie Trailer

In case you’ve somehow avoided the endless festive muzak in every retail outlet, let us remind you: it will soon be Christmas. Once all that stress and over-indulgence is over, what else do we have to look forward to? That’s right – Valentine’s Day. So, to ensure first-daters and long-time loves have something amorous to watch at the flicks, Paramount has released a trailer for next February’s romance-fest, Love, Rosie.

Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, the film follows a couple who have been best friends since they were five. Charting their experiences as they grow up and apart, Love, Rosie, will examine their missed opportunity for love and whether or not this type of recycled plot has the chance to form some sort of dramatic tension.

It might come across as cynical, but this sounds like a retread of the Anne Hathaway tearjerker, One Day. And about a million other rom-drams.
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Love, Rosie Review

Director: Christian Ditter

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone

Certificate: 15

Running time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

Adapted from the Cecelia Ahern novel ‘Where Rainbows End’, Love, Rosie is a decade-spanning romantic comedy about friendship, true love and bad timing. For those about to give up there, although it’s admittedly a concept with about as much originality as most boy-meets-girl scenarios, Love, Rosie has several key elements working in its’ favour allowing it to flourish.

The first of these is the screenplay, courtesy of Juliette Towhidi, whose other big screen credit is as co-writer of 2003’s tale of golden oldies Calendar Girls.
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Love, Rosie review: Sam Claflin and Lily Collins's romantic comedy

Love, Rosie review: Sam Claflin and Lily Collins's romantic comedy
Director: Christian Ditter; Screenwriter: Juliette Towhdi; Starring: Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Christian Cooke, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15

Will they? Won't they? Can men and women ever just be friends? Are they going to make it to the airport on time? Just about every romantic comedy cliché gets ticked off in Love, Rosie, a new British film based on Cecelia Ahern's novel Where Rainbows End. The destination may never be in doubt, but thanks to likeable performances from stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin this predictable film has a heart and soul that keeps it watchable for the duration.

The two up-and-coming leads play Alex and Rosie, school pals whose tight bond is more brother/sister than boyfriend/girlfriend. A kiss between them on Rosie's birthday is forgotten thanks to the effects of alcohol, and the duo carry on as normal, making plans to
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First ‘Testament of Youth’ Poster Featuring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington

The romance between Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington is at the center of the first poster (courtesy of Empire Online) for James Kent‘s Vera Brittain adaptation “Testament of Youth.” Based on the 1933 autobiography by Brittain, the Juliette Towhidi-scripted “Testament of Youth” is set against the backdrop of World War I and follows the early life of the renowned English pacifist (Vikander), who left her studies at Oxford University to enlist as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse in the armed forces — particularly in London, Malta and France — where her fiancé Roland Leighton (Harington), brother (Taron Egerton) and two [...]

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Love Rosie London Premiere Report

Based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End, Love, Rosie sees best friends Rosie and Alex continuously miss chances to become a couple – yet their friendship remains. The lead roles in the adaptation are played by Lily Collins and Sam Claflin and the pair, along with other cast members and German director Christian Ditter were on hand in London to talk about the film for the premiere.

Director Christian Ditter

Making Love, Rosie was a big deal for Ditter, who went to Ireland for the first time in his life in order to make it. He explained that he packed only ‘weather gear’ for the journey but was surprised when they didn’t have a single day of rain!

The director had nothing but praise for his lead actors, saying that Lily and Sam were ‘the best people to work with’. His trust allowed him the freedom to improvise
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