Directed by Amma Asante, the film is the first made by a black female director open the festival.
The film is the first directed by a black woman to open the annual festival and tells the real-life story of a British woman who fell in love with and married Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland.
Rosamund Pike stars in A United Kingdom
In an alternative universe maybe...
Since Daniel Craig firmly stated that he didn't want to do another James Bond film after 'Spectre', suggestions have been flying all over the place about who it could be next. Will Idris Elba become the first black 007? Or will it embrace the talents of Tom Hardy or Tom Hiddleston? But what if was a woman?
Ok, so feminism aside, it's a firmly held idea that Bond should continue to be a male. For a start, you'd have to change the name - how many ladies do you know called James? (Apart from Blake Lively's daughter, of course). But if you erase the tradition of him being a man, you might as well erase all the other Bond conventions; the gadgets, the fast cars, the womanising etc. But, turning pop culture upside for a moment, if James Bond WERE a woman - who would she be?
Emily Blunt displayed some I-work-for-the-government skills in 'Sicario'
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This intriguing drama takes on some darkly resonant themes with such an oddly bright and cheerful tone that it forces the audience to pay attention. As it continues, the terrific Rosamund Pike uses conflicting emotions to explore the aftermath of a horrific assault. But while there's growing suspense in the plot, the bigger tension comes from the viewers themselves as they wonder whether it's going to unravel into melodramatic rubbish.
Pike plays Miranda, a cleanliness-obsessed nurse with ambition to get a better job and move to a bigger house, partly to stop her single dad (Nick Nolte) from worrying about her. Then a nurse colleague (Rumer Willis) sets her up on a blind date. William (Shiloh Fernandez) is flirty and sexy, but after he brutally attacks her he goes to prison, leaving Miranda to put her life back together. Surprisingly, she takes a proactive approach that includes contacting William and trying to achieve some sort of reconciliation. Miranda's father is horrified by this, especially when William is released on parole and turns up to help her fix up her house.
This insinuating set-up keeps the audience guessing whether this is a complex look at how people wrestle with the fall-out from a violent rape, or perhaps either Miranda or William are up to something more nefarious. So whether it's sparking hope or dread, it's relatively gripping. And Pike is superb as a quirky woman who continually faces her fears. This includes both connecting with William and trying to befriend her dad's scary dog Benny. "Hating him only hurts me," she says pointedly. Nolte is reliably solid as her wheezy, concerned dad. And Fernandez is utterly magnetic as the mercurial William. All of the characters are defined by rather simplistic filmmaking shorthand, but the actors give them plenty of weight.
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A young nurse training to work in surgery is encouraged to go on a blind date with her friend's single male friend Kevin. However, he doesn't seem at all how he was described when he shows up on her doorstep. Locking the door of her house once inside, he savagely assaults her before fleeing. It's only later, when a kind-faced man with a bunch of flowers arrives (the real Kevin), that she realises she had let a dangerous stranger into her home named William Finn. While being questioned by police, the nurse recalls seeing her attacker once before and he is soon rounded up and thrown behind bars. The attack has left her shellshocked, struggling to concentrate on her job and occasionally giving in to frenzy. She decides to start writing to William, but every letter is returned without being read. He eventually agrees to her visiting, and appears to show remorse just as the nurse appears to show forgiveness. She hasn't told anyone of her intentions, and her father is left terrified as she continues to speak to the brute as a free man.
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The iconic Thunderbird 4 hit London today ahead of the new series broadcast.
It was a blast from the past for 'Thunderbirds' fans as the iconic yellow submarine known as Thunderbird 4 was seen taking a spin on the River Thames in London today (April 2nd 2015) ahead of the new ITV series, 'Thunderbirds Are Go'.
Thunderbird 4 hit the River Thames today
As part of the launch of the new series, which makes its return 50 years after it first aired in the UK, the stunt took place next to baffled onlookers; with the yellow rescuer cruising along aimlessly against a backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Tower Bridge. It looked virtually indistinguishable from the vehicle that first gripped imaginations everywhere in 1965, apart from being slightly larger at fifteen feet. It took a considerable 6 weeks to build this fibreglass fantasy and all in the name of traditional puppetry TV.
The much-respected actress won a Best Actress Oscar at the fifth time of asking - and very well deserved it was too.
Julianne Moore won Best Actress at the 2015 Oscars. She won her gong for the lead role in Still Alice, in which she plays Dr. Alice Howland, a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s.
She fended off fierce competition from Marion Cotillard (Sandra Bya in Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Amy Elliott-Dunne in Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Cheryl Strayed in Wild).
Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of an Alzheimer's sufferer in 'Still Alice'
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The British actress recently discussed how she is balancing Hollywood life with raising a newborn son.
As well as being an Oscar nominated actress, Rosamund Pike is also the mother to a two-month old son, so balancing life in Hollywood with motherhood will undoubtedly be difficult. But the British star seems to have found a way!
Pike brestfed backstage at the BAFTAs
In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (Feb 12th), The 'Gone Girl' actress spoke about raising her newborn baby and revealed that she stripped down backstage at the BAFTAs in London this past Sunday (Feb 8th) to breastfeed her child.
Continue reading: Rosamund Pike Recalls Breastfeeding Backstage At The BAFTAs
Rosamund Pike - Various stars of film and television were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived for the the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards which were held at The Opera House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
The British actress' most memorable scene in the thriller involved her slitting a man's throat while having sex with him.
British actress Rosamund Pike, a former 'Bond' girl, starred alongside Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris in one of 2014's most thrilling films 'Gone Girl,' but shooting the infamous violent sex wasn't a thrill in the slightest.
Pike was involved in an infamous violent-sex scene in the thriller 'Gone Girl'
While the British actress covers the February issue of Vanity Fair, details are released about a memorable chilling scene in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, in which she was tasked with slitting a Harris' throat, who played Desi Collings, while having sex with him.
Continue reading: Rosamund Pike's Infamous Gone Girl' Graphic Sex Scene Took 36 Takes
Congratulations to the winners! Onwards to the Golden Globes!
Heads up, cinephiles: Saturday marked the start of the Palm Springs Film festival and with it, an entire seasons of festivals, award shows and other industry-related goodness. The first event of the season was attended by the likes of Brad Pitt and Robert Downey Jr., both of whom presented awards, but did not receive any. Strange, we know. Although they did add a lot of humour to the stuffy event, according to Variety’s report.
David Oyelowo was this year's Breakthrough Actor.
Date of birth
27th January, 1979
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