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‘I, Daniel Blake’ Actor Dave Johns & ‘Life Is Sweet’ Star Alison Steadman Lead UK Comedy-Drama ’23 Walks’

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‘I, Daniel Blake’ Actor Dave Johns & ‘Life Is Sweet’ Star Alison Steadman Lead UK Comedy-Drama ’23 Walks’
Exclusive: I, Daniel Blake star Dave Johns and Life Is Sweet and Gavin & Stacey star Alison Steadman are starring in UK grey-pound comedy-drama 23 Walks, from the producers of Swimming With Men and Carol Morley’s Out Of Blue.

The film marks a return to the director’s chair after more than a decade for Wondrous Oblivion and Little Ashes director Paul Morrison, whose 2000 drama Solomon & Gaenor was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Morrison has also written the script. Above is a first look.

23 Walks follows pensioners Dave and Fern, two strangers who meet walking their dogs in a North London park. Over the course of twenty-three walks together romance begins to blossom but the two also hide secrets which could derail their newfound love.

Pic is currently in the middle of a production hiatus as it waits for spring to shoot the scheduled second block of principle photography. The
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‘Peterloo’ Trailer: Acclaimed Filmmaker Mike Leigh Tells The Story Of One Of Britain’s Bloodiest Days

At this point, is it possible that filmmaker Mike Leigh will make a bad film? Sure, you may not be his biggest fan, but it’s hard to argue against the critical reception that his filmography has received over the years. Going back over three decades, Leigh’s work, including “Secrets & Lies,” “Life is Sweet,” and most recently, “Mr. Turner,” has been nothing but critically-acclaimed film after critically-acclaimed film.

Continue reading ‘Peterloo’ Trailer: Acclaimed Filmmaker Mike Leigh Tells The Story Of One Of Britain’s Bloodiest Days at The Playlist.
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This February

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This January will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Thursday, February 1st

The Great Escape*

Based on the true story of an elaborately coordinated attempt to break out of a Nazi Pow camp, John Sturges’s The Great Escape is one of the most rousing adventure films of all time, anchored by Steve McQueen’s rebellious turn as “Cooler King” Captain Virgil Hilts. Featuring a powerful ensemble that includes Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, the film pulses with the humor of the prisoners’ camaraderie and the relentless suspense of their plan. Never released on DVD or Blu-ray, this 1993 Criterion laserdisc edition includes a long-unavailable commentary featuring Sturges,
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Red Dwarf – The Top 5 Special Guest Stars from the Show’s Smegging History

With Red Dwarf Xii starting tonight on Dave at 9pm, Villordsutch takes a look back through the near 30 years of Red Dwarf history, to bring you the Top 5 special guest stars that have appeared in this smegging brilliant show.

5. Jenny Agutter, OBE (Psirens – Series 6, Episode 1)

So many people are smiling back right now.

Star of The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf in London. Jenny Agutter appeared as Kryten’s creator Professor Mamet, though in truth she was a shape-shifting Gelf (Genetically Engineered Life-Form) with a hankering for brains.

Jenny Agutter is to this day, even with her numerous acting achievements under her belt, still seen as a figure of lust. Though it is completely wrong to view any actor in this way, it doesn’t remove the memory of watching this episode – on its original airing – with my dad sat on the settee, suddenly barking,
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Nobody stands up for Britons in the lower class trenches like the fierce, opinionated and outright brilliant Mike Leigh; his unusual writing and directing method yields terrific results in his first feature made for TV. And the early performances of Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Gary Oldman should be the stuff of acting legend, ’80s style.



The Criterion Collection 890

1984 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Tim Roth, Pam Ferris, Jeff Robert, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman, Tilly Vosburgh, Eileen Davies, Peter Wight.

Cinematography: Roger Pratt

Film Editor: Lesley Walker

Original Music: Andrew Dickson

Produced by Graham Benson

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is something of an acquired taste, but I have to say that I haven’t forgotten anything of his that I’ve seen. There are of course his ‘special’ period recreations of Topsy-Turvy and Mr. Turner,
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Former 'Bachelorette' Trista Sutter's Grandmother Passes Away: 'I Am Thankful She Has Found Peace'

Former 'Bachelorette' Trista Sutter's Grandmother Passes Away: 'I Am Thankful She Has Found Peace'
Trista Sutter is mourning the loss of her grandmother, Rosemary.

The former Bachelorette took to Instagram on Tuesday to write a heartfelt tribute to her grandma who "has found peace" after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Related: Trista Sutter Shares More Family Vacation Photos After Suffering Seizure: 'Life Is Sweet'

"In the book of my life, roses have consistently played a special role
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‘Only In My Dreams Could I Have Imagined This!’ and More Sweet (and Hilarious) Reactions from Emmy Nominees

‘Only In My Dreams Could I Have Imagined This!’ and More Sweet (and Hilarious) Reactions from Emmy Nominees
It’s Emmy time!

And while it’s exciting for viewers to see their favorite shows nab nominations, getting nominated yourself is a whole other level of excitement (we imagine).

See how the nominees themselves are reacting here:

Angela Bassett is so pumped, she’s going to “go pass out somewhere”:

Ty God for blessing me!Ty @TheEmmys for the nom!Ty @MasterofNone @LenaWaithe @azizansari ! Now ima go pass out somewhere! #thanksgivingTODAY

Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) July 13, 2017

After five seasons, Billy on the Street got its first nomination And Billy Eichner is psyched:

Billy On The Street!!!! We Did It!
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Movie Review: Netflix’s To The Bone is another corny portrayal of anorexia

Anorexia is one of those subjects that seem tailor-made for a medium as darkly fascinated by bodies and self-destructive obsessions as film, and yet it always comes across as phony, simply because actors can never really look anorexic; thin and baggy-eyed is a long way from the sight of skin sucked so tightly over bones that it appears that a person’s body might crumple in on itself at any moment. That doesn’t mean that movies can’t tackle the psychology, but with only a few exceptions (e.g., the English writer-director Mike Leigh’s 1990 film Life Is Sweet, which depicts a young, working-class bulimic woman), films about eating disorders take the form of hokey, know-the-symptoms public service pamphlets aimed at teens. There’s a reason why the topic is popularly associated with cheesy TV movies. The Netflix-produced To The Bone, which was written and directed by TV ...
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Trista Sutter Recalls Seizing on Top of 8-Year-Old Daughter Blakesley: 'She Was Traumatized'

Trista Sutter Recalls Seizing on Top of 8-Year-Old Daughter Blakesley: 'She Was Traumatized'
Trista Sutter admits that upon suffering a seizure while vacationing with her family in Croatia, she asked herself, "Why me?"

"All I remember was feeling very dizzy and nauseous, and the next thing I knew, I was in this dream," the former Bachelorette star recalled on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "The only way I can describe it is was like a white euphoria."

Trista's husband, Ryan Sutter, said the incident was especially scary for the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Blakesley, whom Trista fell on top of while seizing. "I heard Blakesley screaming, 'Mommy, Mommy," Ryan remembered. "Trista had fallen onto Blakesley in a sort of convulsive state."

More: Former Bachelorette Star Trista Sutter Hospitalized After Seizure -- 'Be Thankful for Your Life and Blessings'

Ryan, a trained Emt who met Trista on The Bachelorette in 2003, said that despite his medical training, he was really shaken up by the incident. "I was checking her pulse. She was shaking
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The 2016 British Independent Film Awards winners in full

Bifa winners 2016: American Honey wins the night, by Dave Johns takes Best Actor for his work on I, Daniel Blake.

See the complete Bifa winners 2016 list below.

American Honey won the night at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) held at Old Billingsgate last night. The film won four awards including Best British Independent Film. Andrea Arnold took home Best Director, Sasha Lane won Best Actress sponsored by Mac and Robbie Ryan’s Cinematography was rewarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Craft award.

The film will be screened in 25 Vue, Odeon and Everyman cinemas across the country on Sunday 11 December, as the first in the Bifa Independents screening series supported by the BFI.

Also recognised was the eponymous hero of I, Daniel Blake, Dave Johns. He took home the Best Actor award, while his co-star Hayley Squires was named Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition.

Under the Shadow
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2016 British Independent Film Awards: Full Winners List

2016 British Independent Film Awards: Full Winners List
American Honey” took the top prize at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, which was held on Sunday at London’s Old Billingsgate.

American Honey” was named Best British Independent Film, and also scored three additional awards (including Best Director for Andrea Arnold). Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” was the night’s only non-uk winner, picking up honors for Best International Independent Film.

The 19th annual Bifa ceremony, hosted by Jennifer Saunders, also presented Clare Binns with the Special Jury Prize for her “unstinting efforts in bringing independent film to new audiences.”

Naomie Harris was also presented the Variety Award by Danny Boyle, in recognition of the global impact she made this year in helping to focus the international film spotlight on the UK.

Read More: La Film Critics Association Name the Best Films and Performances of 2016

The Richard Harris Award was given to Alison Steadman by Richard Harris’ granddaughter Ella Harris and
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Candice Swanepoel's Newborn Baby Boy Couldn't Be Cuter: Up Next, Stealing Behati Prinsloo's Heart

Candice Swanepoel's Newborn Baby Boy Couldn't Be Cuter: Up Next, Stealing Behati Prinsloo's Heart
The first peek at Candice Swanepoel's newborn son, Anacã, was just like mom—impressive And nothing has changed in the 5 days since he was born. "My little man," Swanepoel's fiancé, Hermann Nicoli, captioned a photo of their baby boy Monday, complete with a heart emoji. The Victoria's Secret Angel also posted a new pic over the weekend of Anacã that is almost a little much, he's just that cute. "Life is sweet," Swanepoel wrote. Meanwhile, well-wishes are pouring in for the proud new parents, including from Swanepoel's dear friend, fellow Angel and fellow new mom Behati Prinsloo, who gave...
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Get a First Look at Candice Swanepoel's Beautiful Baby Boy

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Get a First Look at Candice Swanepoel's Beautiful Baby Boy
Candice Swanepoel is a mom! The Victoria's Secret model and her fiancé, Hermann Nicoli, welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, this week, E! News confirms. The pair named their little one Anacã, which is a Brazilian word for a specific type of bird, and on Saturday, the new mom shared a photo of the tiny tot on Instagram, writing, "Life is sweet." News of Candice's pregnancy broke back in March, and in May, she confirmed that it was a boy with a cute Instagram snap. In addition to sharing photos of her growing baby bump on social media, she also celebrated her safari-themed baby shower in August. Congratulations! Life is sweet. A photo posted by Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) on Oct 8, 2016 at 7:28am Pdt
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Harry Potter Actor Jim Broadbent Joins Game Of Thrones Season 7 In A "Significant" Role

The penultimate season of HBO's Game of Thrones has added the legendary Jim Broadbent to its cast, according to EW. As usual, details on his character are pretty much nonexistent, and all we have to go on is that the role will be a "significant" one. Speculation seems to be pointing to one of the maesters Sam is set to study under at the Citadel (Archmaester Marwyn, Aka Marwyn the Mage, perhaps?), but now that the show has surpassed George R.R. Martin's source material, it's quite possible he'll be playing someone we haven't even encountered in the books yet. Broadbent has starred in a wide array of classic movies over the years (Time Bandits, Brazil, Life is Sweet etc), but he'll be best known to the younger generation as Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter movies. Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season next year.
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Sophie Turner Turns Up the Charm on Asos Magazine Summer 2016 Cover

Life is sweet for 20-year-old Sophie Turner these days, given the hype surrounding her new movie “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the continued success of “Game of Thrones.”

The redheaded hottie is featured on the front page of the Summer 2016 issue of Asos magazine, posing pretty for photographer Colin Leaman while wearing embellished tops, slip dresses and lightweight jackets.

Of Jean Grey, her X-Men character, Sophie tells the mag, “Jean is surrounded by likeminded people but still feels alone. I think that’s what I really related to. It can get so lonely sometimes…I like to be surrounded by people, but I want to be alone – alone, but still in the company of others!”
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Watch: 'Tangerine' Director Sean Baker Picks His Must-Have Criterion Titles

Watch: 'Tangerine' Director Sean Baker Picks His Must-Have Criterion Titles
"I have a weak bladder when it comes to this sort of stuff, so be careful," "Tangerine" director Sean Baker warns at the beginning of his trip inside the Criterion closet, and though he doesn't get that excited, his enthusiasm is infectious nonetheless. As Magnolia mounts pathbreaking Oscar campaigns for transgender stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (for Best Actress) and Mya Taylor (for Best Supporting Actress), his choices are a reminder than his sun-kissed L.A. adventure, shot on an iPhone, is rooted in the vernacular of the art film.  Read More: "How Sean Baker Shot 'Tangerine' on an iPhone and Invented a New Cinema (Exclusive Video)" Funnily enough, of the growing pile of Blu-rays and DVDs he selects, it's Mike Leigh's "Life Is Sweet" (1990) and "Naked" (1993) that Baker says influenced "Tangerine." We learn that his father's favorite movie is René Clair's 1942 romantic comedy...
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Interview: Sean Baker Talks Tangerine

David Opie chats with Tangerine director Sean Baker

Famed for being shot entirely on an iPhone, Tangerine’s fascinating insight into the trans community has led to it becoming the breakout indie of the year, enjoying incredible reviews across the board. With awards season looming, Tangerine has earned its rightful place in many rundowns of the years best movies. David Opie sits down with director Sean Baker to discuss Tangerine’s many astonishing achievements. Our five star review is available to read here…

David Opie: Congratulations on the success of Tangerine. You’ve had an amazing critical response. I keep seeing the film appear on many critics best end of year lists. Did you ever think Tangerine would perform as well as it has? Have you been surprised by the film’s success?

Sean Baker: A little bit, yeah. I thought the film would divide audiences and critics 50/50. I
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Watch: 'Tangerine' Director Sean Baker Visits The Criterion Collection Closet

One of the greatest surprises of the year was Sean Baker’s wonderful and vibrant “Tangerine,” and while the film is launching an Oscar campaign, the filmmaker has already been bestowed the highest honor of the cinephile world: being invited to peruse the shelves of The Criterion Collection's closet. Bearing that wide grin that is familiar to everyone who has seen one of these videos before, Baker opens up the magical room and warns the cameraman that he has “a weak bladder for this kind of stuff,” but who among us could remain in full control of our faculties when entering that holy place? Fortunately for fans of Baker’s film, the director isn’t just Christmas shopping and upgrading titles from laserdisc; he also lets us in on some of his influences: Mike Leigh’s “Naked” and “Life Is Sweet” are cited as being major influences, specifically as seen
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