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UKrainian Director Jailed On Terror Charges

The Gamer director was arrested in May, 2014 for attending a protest and voicing his opposition to Russia's invasion of his native Crimea last year (14). Sentsov was kept in custody...

Meryl Steep For Britannia Award

Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden will be honoured at the Britannia Awards.The stars are the first to be named by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles for the ceremony,...

Mike Leigh To Receive Top Zurich Film Festival Award

The Mr. Turner moviemaker will be handed the prestigious Golden Eye trophy by festival bosses, who call Leigh "an important exponent of so-called New British Cinema" and "a genius of filmmaking". Leigh...

UKrainian Director Goes On Trial In Russia

The Gamer moviemaker was arrested in May, 2014 after attending a protest against the invasion of his native Crimea by Russian troops earlier in the year (14). Russian authorities accused him of...

'Mr. Turner' Draws More Complaints Than Any Other Movie Of 2014

Mr. Turner has been surrounded by some confusing news stories ever since its release (like, why wasn’t it nominated for any of the major prizes at the BAFTAs and Oscars?) but none quite as inexplicable...

Mr. Turner Was 2014'S Most Complained About Film

According to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the acclaimed movie, starring Timothy Spall as the artist, upset more cinema-goers than any other in the last 12 months. In their annual...

Mike Leigh Doesn't Allow Actors 'To Do What They Want'

Mike Leigh doesn't ''abandon'' actors.The 72-year-old director, who helmed the Oscar-nominated movie 'Mr. Turner' featuring Timothy Spall, says he collaborates very closely with performers, but is wary of giving them too much creative control.Asked how...

Mike Leigh Visits Mr. Turner's Home With Movie Cast

British director Mike Leigh took the cast of his acclaimed film Mr. Turner to visit the former home of the movie's subject on Wednesday (11Feb15) as part of a campaign to save the building.The film,...

Mike Leigh To Receive Bafta Fellowship

Moviemaker Mike Leigh is to be feted with a special honour by officials at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).The director will be presented with a Bafta Fellowship award, which recognises excellence...

"Dick Poop" Gaffe Wins The Internet After Oscar Nominations

The moment Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs walked out onto the stage to announce the Oscar nominations - things began to go downhill. Isaacs frequently struggled with pronunciation - both with exotic names like Alejandro...

Mike Leigh's 'Mr Turner' Snubbed Completely In Bafta Nominations

Wes Anderson's madcap adventure The Grand Budapest Hotel leads this year's BAFTA nominations, with 11. The star-studded farce is nominated for best director, best film, best original screenplay and best actor for British star Ralph...

Directors And Playwrights Pay Tribute To Veteran Producer

A group of British directors and playwrights including Mike Leigh and Stephen Frears have written an open letter in tribute to movie industry veteran David Rose to mark his 90th birthday.The letter was published in...

Mr Turner Gives Timothy Spall The Role He Deserves In Artist Biopic

Timothy Spall is one of those actors who works regularly and is constantly acclaimed by the critics, but he's never been the leading man type. Much of his acclaim has been for roles in ensemble...

'Mr Turner' Is Mike Leigh's True Masterpiece

It feels as though Mr Turner has been around forever. It premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival with Timothy Spall winning best actor for his portrayal of eccentric...

European Directors Join Forces To Urge Putin To Free Jailed Peer

Mike Leigh, Pedro Almodovar and Wim Wenders are among the European filmmakers who are appealing to Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the release of jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.The Gamer moviemaker was arrested last month...

Cannes Film Festival 2014: Our Top Five Palme D'or Winner Predictions

So, we’ve got to admit we’re sort of gunning for Mike Leigh’s film Mr. Turner to win the Palme d’Or 2014, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other films in the running for the prestigious...

Will Mike Leigh's "Masterpiece" 'Mr Turner' Land Timothy Spall His First Oscar?

Acclaimed writer and director Mike Leigh’s latest film, Mr Turner, is being hailed as a “masterpiece” by critics at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr Turner has been as praised as Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco...

Timothy Spall Wins Rave Reviews At Cannes For Role As Painter J.m.w. Turner

British actor Timothy Spall has been tipped as an early Oscars contender after wowing critics at the Cannes International Film Festival with his portrayal of 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner in director Mike Leigh's new...

Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Gets 5-Star Reviews At Cannes 2014 [Trailer]

‘Mr. Turner’ has enjoyed an emphatic opening at Cannes 2014, where many critics were moved to award Mike Leigh’s biopic of the British artist, J.M.W Turner. It could be early Cannes excitement from the press,...

Mike Leigh To Make Opera Debut

Revered British director Mike Leigh will direct his first ever opera in London next year (15).The Vera Drake filmmaker, who has also written and directed a number of theatre plays, will branch out into the...

Mike Leigh Directing 'The Pirates Of Penzance' Opera

Mike Leigh will make his operatic debut when he directs The Pirates of Penzance, which will open in May 2015 at the London Coliseum. In doing so, he’ll join the late Anthony Minghella (Madame Butterfly)...

Ken Loach And Mike Leigh Go Head-to-head At Cannes 2014

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh will go head-to-head at the Cannes Film Festival.The British film directors, who have both won the top Palme d'Or prize in the past, will go up against 18 other movies...

Eva Mendes Wants Unattractive Film Roles

Eva Mendes likes to look ugly on set.The sultry star is known as one of the sexiest women in the world, but she has made a conscious decision to try and appear as raw and...

Eva Mendes Still Waiting To Work With Mike Leigh

Hollywood actress Eva Mendes has spent eight years waiting for a call from Mike Leigh after asking the British director to hire her for one of his films.The Hitch star is an avid fan of...

Jason Statham Always Wanted To Be Action Star

Jason Statham was always determined to be the ''next action hero''.The 'Expendables' 2 star dated model-and-actress Kelly Brook for seven years until 2004 and she was happy to move to Hollywood with him because she...

Alison Steadman's No Work Talk At Home Rule

Alison Steadman and Mike Leigh never discussed work at home.The actress - who married the director in 1973 and split from him in 1995 - starred in several of the helmsman's movies but admitted it...

Berlinale Jury Meets The Press

The ever-provocative British director Mike Leigh ( Secrets and Lies, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year ) showed that he has not dampened his sometimes incendiary sentiments as he appeared with the other members of the...

John Hurt Honoured For Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema

John Hurt is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema Award at the BaftAs in February.The seventy two year old actor is well known for his roles as John Merrick in The Elephant Man...

Emily Watson: 'Steven Spielberg Is A Horse Whisperer'

Emily Watson thinks Steven Spielberg is like a "horse whisperer" as a director.The British actress plays a leading role in his latest directorial effort 'War Horse', and she reveals he is keen to make sure...

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