Rebecca Maria Hall is an English actress who made her first onscreen appearance at age 10 in the 1992 television adaptation of The Camomile Lawn, directed by her father Peter Hall. Her professional stage debut came in her father's 2002 production of Mrs. Warren's Profession, which earned her enthusiastic reviews and the Ian Charleson Award. Following her film debut in Starter for 10, Hall got her breakthrough role that same year in Christopher Nolan's thriller film The Prestige. In 2008, Hall starred as Vicky in Woody Allen's romantic comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, she appeared in a wide array of films, including Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon, Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town, the horror thriller The Awakening, the superhero movie Iron Man 3, the science fiction film Transcendence, the psychological thriller The Gift and the biographical drama Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. In 2016, Hall was praised by critics for her portrayal of reporter Christine Chubbuck in the biographical drama Christine.
Hall has made several notable appearances on British television. She won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2009 Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: 1974. In 2013, she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her performance in BBC Two's Parade's End. Hall was born on 3 May 1982 in London, the daughter of English stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and American opera singer Maria Ewing, her mother is of Sioux, African-American and Dutch origin. Her parents separated when she was still young divorcing in 1990. Hall has five half-siblings: stage director Edward Hall, producer Christopher Hall, actresses Jennifer Caron Hall and Emma Hall and set designer Lucy Hall. Hall attended Roedean School, she studied English Literature at St Catharine's College, before dropping out in 2002 just before her final year. During her time at Cambridge, she was active in the student theatre scene and set up her own theatre company.
She was a member of the Marlowe Society and starred alongside housemate Dan Stevens, an English literature student at Emmanuel College, in several productions. Hall's first professional role came in 1992, when she appeared as young Sophy in her father's television adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn at the age of nine, her feature film debut came in 2006 as Rebecca Epstein in the film adaptation of David Nicholls's Starter for Ten. She got her breakthrough with the role of Sarah Borden in Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige, she appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in 2007, as well as appearing in several other television films including Wide Sargasso Sea and Rubberheart. Hall's Hollywood fame grew when she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona as one of the title characters, Vicky, her performance was well-received, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 2008, she appeared in Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon as the girlfriend of Michael Sheen's David Frost.
The following year she was cast in the British fantasy-horror film Dorian Gray based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Following a small role in the indie film Please Give, Hall starred in Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town opposite Affleck and Jon Hamm. In June 2010, she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974; the following year she played the female lead in the British ghost film The Awakening, released in September 2011. In 2012, she took on the role of Beth Raymer in the comedy-drama film Lay the Favourite, based on Raymer's memoir of the same title, she next starred in the BBC/HBO/VRT production of Parade's End opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, which earned her a BAFTA Television Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2013, Hall replaced Jessica Chastain as Maya Hansen in the superhero film Iron Man 3; the same year she appeared in the political thriller Closed Circuit.
She starred opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence. In 2015, Hall starred in the romantic comedy Tumbledown and Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift. In the 2016 biographical drama Christine, Hall played the role of real-life news reporter Christine Chubbuck. Variety called her "discomfitingly electric in the best role she’s yet been offered". Hall's professional stage debut came in 2002 when she starred as Vivie in her father's production of Mrs Warren's Profession at the Strand Theatre in London, her performance, described as "admirable" and "accomplished", earned her the Ian Charleson Award in 2003. In 2003, Hall's father celebrated fifty years as a theatre director by staging a season of five plays at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Somerset. Hall starred in two of these plays. In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely Man and Superman in which she played Ann, Galileo's Daughter in which she played Sister Maria Celeste.
The third, Molière's Don Juan, in which she played the part of Elvira, was directed by Sh
La La Land (soundtrack)
La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2016 film La La Land. The soundtrack album was released through Interscope Records on December 9, 2016; the album has peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. At the 89th Academy Awards, the film won the Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "City of Stars"; the songs and score for La La Land were composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz, film director Damien Chazelle's Harvard University classmate, who worked on his two prior films. The lyrics were written by Pasek and Paul, except for "Start a Fire", written by John Legend, Marius de Vries and Angélique Cinélu
I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history, it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary. This 93-minute feature documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and is inspired by James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, a collection of notes and letters written by Baldwin in the mid-1970s; the memoir recounts the lives of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award: Documentaries.
Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film. It was released for an Oscar-qualifying run on December 9, 2016, before re-opening on February 3, 2017. I Am Not Your Negro grossed $7,089,174 in the United States as of May 11, 2017; the film industry website IndieWire attributed, in part, the financial success of the movie to the release shortly before the announcement of Academy Award nominees, opening in an unusually high number of cities, in non-traditional movie theaters that would generate a word of mouth following. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 186 reviews, with an average rating of 8.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations—and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 95 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
The film received low user-generated ratings upon its release on IMDb and Metacritic, leading to accusations of vote brigading. Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, "the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights." I Am Not Your Negro was nominated for numerous international awards and won over a dozen, including the following: Hate crime Human rights Human trafficking Slavery in the United States List of black films of the 2010s Charles Lynch Lynching in the United States I Am Not Your Negro on IMDb Official site
Paterson is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and poet named Paterson, Golshifteh Farahani as his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business. Paterson was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palm Dog Award, it was released in Germany on November 2016, by K5 International. The film spans one week, beginning with Monday, in the life of Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey; every day follows much the same pattern: Paterson gets up early and goes to work, where he listens to passengers talking and, during pauses, writes poetry in a notebook he carries with him. After work he walks Marvin, his wife's dog, stops for a beer at Shades Bar, where he interacts with the other patrons and the owner, Doc. Paterson's wife, loves his poems and has long urged him to publish them or at least make copies, he promises to go to the copy shop on the weekend.
But when Paterson and Laura come home from a movie Saturday night, they find that Marvin has shredded his notebook, destroying his poems. The next day, a dejected Paterson goes for a walk and sits down at his favorite site, the Great Falls of the Passaic River. There, a Japanese man takes a seat beside him and begins a conversation about poetry after Paterson notices that the man is reading the book-length poem Paterson by William Carlos Williams; the man seems to know that Paterson himself is a poet though he denies it and hands him a gift, an empty notebook. The film ends with Paterson writing a poem in his new notebook. Adam Driver as Paterson Golshifteh Farahani as Laura William Jackson Harper as Everett Chasten Harmon as Marie Barry Shabaka Henley as Doc Rizwan Manji as Donny Masatoshi Nagase as Japanese Poet Kara Hayward as Female Student Jared Gilman as Male Student Method Man as Method Man Sterling Jerins as Young Poet In April 2014, it was announced that Jim Jarmusch would write and direct a film about a poet living in Paterson, New Jersey.
In January 2016, it was revealed that Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani had been cast in the film, with Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur serving as executive producers under their K5 Film banner, while Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan would produce under their Animal Kingdom and Inkjet banners respectively. The film was shot over 30 days in fall 2015, in Paterson, New Jersey, various locations in New York; the poet Ron Padgett provided the poems attributed to the character Paterson, while Jarmusch wrote the poem "Water Falls" attributed to a young girl in the film. The film features four of three new poems written for the film; the film had its world premiere on May 16, 2016, at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or. Amazon Studios distributed the film in the United States, it was announced that Bleecker Street was partnering with Amazon on releasing the film, on December 28, 2016. It was released in Germany on November 17, 2016 and in France on December 21, 2016.
It opened for a limited run in the eponymous city on January 27, 2017. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 96% based on 230 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography—and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 41 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, writing: "A mild-mannered startlingly undramatic work that offers discreet pleasures to longtime fans of the New York indie-scene veteran, who can always be counted on to go his own way." Eric Kohn of Indiewire.com gave the film a positive review, writing: "But "Paterson" has too much clarity of mind to fall into a similar category. The story builds to an accidental circumstance that, on the surface, might not seem like a big deal—but in the context of Paterson’s tiny universe, resonates with tragic connotations.
The brilliantly cryptic finale explores what it means to work back from personal setbacks to find a new source of inspiration. It’s an apt statement from Jarmusch, a filmmaker who continues to surprise and innovate while remaining true to his singular voice, who here seems to have delivered its purest manifestation." Paterson on IMDb Paterson at Box Office Mojo Paterson at Rotten Tomatoes Paterson at Metacritic
The Lobster is a 2015 absurdist dystopian black comedy film directed, co-written, co-produced by Yorgos Lanthimos, co-produced by Ceci Dempsy, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, co-written by Efthimis Filippou. In the film's setting, single people are given 45 days to find a romantic partner or otherwise be turned into animals, it stars Colin Farrell as a newly single man trying to find someone so he can remain human, Rachel Weisz as a woman with whom he attempts to form a relationship. The film is a co-production by Ireland, the United Kingdom, Greece and the Netherlands, it was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival; the film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards and for Outstanding British Film at the 69th British Academy Film Awards. David is escorted to a hotel; the hotel manager reveals that single people have 45 days to find a partner, or they will be transformed into an animal.
David chooses to become his love of the sea. David makes acquaintances with Robert, a man with a lisp, John, a man with a limp, who become his quasi-friends. John explains that he was injured in an attempt to reconnect with his mother, transformed into a wolf; the hotel has many rules and rituals: masturbation is banned, but sexual stimulation by the hotel maid is mandatory, guests attend dances and watch propaganda extolling the advantages of partnership. Robert is caught masturbating, the hotel manager burns his fingers in a toaster. Relationships require partners to have a distinguishing trait in common. John is told a woman has arrived with a limp, but he says that she limps from an injury that will heal and is not a suitable match. Residents can extend their deadline by hunting and tranquilizing the single people who live in the forest. On one hunt, a woman with a fondness for biscuits offers David sexual favours, she tells him that if she fails to find a mate, she will kill herself by jumping from a hotel window.
John wins the affections of a woman with constant nosebleeds by purposely smashing his nose in secret. They move to the couples section to begin a month-long trial partnership. David decides to court a notoriously cruel woman who has tranquilized more loners than anyone else, their initial conversation is interrupted by the screams of the biscuit-loving woman, who has injured herself by jumping from a first floor window. Although troubled by the incident, David pretends to enjoy the woman's suffering to gain the heartless woman's interest, he joins her in a jacuzzi where she feigns choking to test him. Noticing that he makes no attempt to help her, she decides that they are a match, the two are shifted to the couples' suite. David finds that she has kicked his brother to death; as David cries in response to losing his canine sibling, she concludes that their relationship is a lie and attempts to drag him to the hotel manager to have him punished. However, he escapes and, with the help of a sympathetic maid and transforms his partner into an unspecified animal.
Escaping the hotel, David joins the loners in the woods. Contrary to the hotel's rules, they forbid any romance with mutilation as punishment; the hotel maid is a mole for the loners. The leader of the loners takes loners to visit the city to get some supplies; the loners launch a mini-raid to sabotage the hotel's work. David reveals to the nosebleed woman. John forces David to leave. Other loners hold the hotel manager and her husband at gunpoint, tricking him into shooting his wife to save himself, but the gun is not loaded, leaving the couple to face each other. Soon David, shortsighted, begins a secret relationship with another shortsighted loner, they develop a gestural code for communication. They plan to escape together, but the mole, now with the camp, finds the shortsighted woman's journal and discovers her plan, she reveals the plan to the leader, who takes the woman to the city, ostensibly to have an operation to cure her shortsightedness, but blinds her instead. In anger, the woman kills the hotel maid.
She tells David about her blindness. They try to find something else, to no avail, he tells her to continue with their plan. Early the next morning, David overpowers the leader, leaving her tied up in his grave to be eaten by wild dogs, he and the blind woman escape to the city, stopping at a restaurant. Seeking to reestablish sameness, David goes to the restroom and prepares to blind himself with a steak knife while his partner awaits his return, but he hesitates twice and his decision is left unshown. Principal photography began on 24 March 2014, concluded on 9 May 2014. Filming took place in Dublin, which represents "The City" in the film, at locations in and around County Kerry, including Sneem, Dromore Woods and Kenmare. In May 2014, it was announced that Sony Pictures Releasing acquired the distribution rights for Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Latin America. A film still featuring Farrell and Reilly was released around the same time. In May 2015, Alchemy acquired United States distribution rights.
Scheduled for an 11 March 2016 release, it was rescheduled to 13 May 2016. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 87% based on
Georgios "Yorgos" Lanthimos is a Greek film and stage director and screenwriter. He received four Academy Award nominations for his work, including Best Foreign Language Film for Dogtooth, Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster, Best Picture and Best Director for The Favourite. Lanthimos was born in Athens, he was raised by his mother. His father, Antonis Lanthimos, was a professional basketball player who played for Pagrati B. C. Greece national basketball team and was a basketball instructor at the Moraitis School. Having graduated from the Moraitis School he went on to study Business Administration and played for a period in Pagrati B. C, he dropped out of everything and went on to study directing for film and television at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos in Athens. Through the 1990s he directed a series of videos for Greek dance-theater companies. Since 1995 he has directed a large number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and experimental theater plays.
He was a member of the creative team which designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. His feature film career started with the mainstream film My Best Friend where he shared directing credits with Lakis Lazopoulos and was followed by the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, his third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. In 2010, he co-produced Attenberg a Greek drama film directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, his fourth feature film Alps won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The script for his fifth film The Lobster was awarded with the ARTE International Award as Best CineMart Project for 2013 at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam; the film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize.
During the 75th Venice Film Festival, he presented his latest work The Favourite, won the Grand Jury Prize. The film tied for the most nominations at 91st Academy Awards, with ten, including Best Picture and Best Director for Lanthimos. In 2019, it was reported that Lanthimos was working on a adaptation of the Jim Thompson 1964 novel Pop. 1280, which he is set to write and direct. Lanthimos is married to Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed. Official website Yorgos Lanthimos by Peter Strickland Bomb Yorgos Lanthimos on IMDb Yorgos Lanthimos at the Greek Film Centre's website
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and director. He began his career as a child actor, appearing in the PBS television film Lemon Sky and the miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts, he appeared in three Gus Van Sant films – To Die For, Good Will Hunting, Gerry – and in Steven Soderbergh's comedy heist trilogy Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen. His first leading role was in Steve Buscemi's independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim. Affleck's breakthrough was in 2007, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and acted in the crime drama Gone Baby Gone, directed by his brother Ben Affleck. In 2010, he directed the mockumentary, he had a string of successful films in the early 2010s, with Tower Heist, ParaNorman, Interstellar, received particular praise for his performance as an outlaw in the indie film Ain't Them Bodies Saints. In 2016, Affleck starred as the lead in the drama film Manchester by the Sea.
For his performance as Lee Chandler, a man grieving for the loss of his children from a house fire he accidentally caused, he won the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actor, received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2017, Affleck received critical acclaim for his leading role in the supernatural drama film A Ghost Story. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born on August 12, 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Christopher Anne "Chris" and Timothy Byers Affleck; the surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin. He has Irish, German and Swiss ancestry. Affleck's maternal great-great grandfather, Heinrich Boldt, known for the discovery of the Curmsun Disc, emigrated from Prussia in the late 1840s. Casey's mother was a Radcliffe College– and Harvard–educated elementary school teacher, his father worked sporadically as an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender, a janitor at Harvard University. In the mid-1960s, he had been a stage manager, director and actor with the Theater Company of Boston.
During Affleck's childhood, his father was "a disaster of a drinker", his first experience of acting was "reenacting what was happening at home" during role play exercises at Alateen meetings. Following his parents' divorce when he was 9, Affleck and his older brother, lived with their mother and visited their father weekly, he learned to speak Spanish during a year spent traveling around Mexico with his mother and brother when he was 10. The two siblings spent "all of our time together, pretty much. At school we were in different grades, but we had the same friends." When Affleck was 14, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a rehabilitation facility, worked there as an addiction counselor. Affleck reconnected with his father during visits to California as a teenager: "I got to know him because he was sober for the first time... The man I knew before, just different."Growing up in a politically active, liberal household in Central Square, Cambridge and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts, were taken to the theater by their mother, were encouraged to make their own home movies.
The brothers sometimes appeared in local weather commercials and as movie extras because of their mother's friendship with a local casting director. Casey acted in numerous high school theater productions while a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, he has said he "wouldn't be an actor" if not for his high school theater teacher Gerry Speca: "He kind of turned me on to acting, why it can be fun, how it can be rewarding."At the age of 18, Affleck moved to Los Angeles for a year to pursue an acting career, lived with his brother and their childhood friend Matt Damon. Despite having "the best possible first experience" while filming To Die For, he spent much of the year working as a busboy at a restaurant in Pasadena and decided to move to Washington, D. C. to study politics at George Washington University. He soon transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he followed the core curriculum for a total of two years. However, he did not graduate: "I would do a semester of school, go do a movie...
Opportunities kept presenting themselves that were hard for me to turn down... By I didn't have roots at the school or a group of friends." Affleck acted professionally during his childhood due to his mother's friendship with a Cambridge-area casting director, Patty Collinge. In addition to local weather commercials and movie extra work, he appeared as Kevin Bacon's brother in the PBS television movie Lemon Sky, directed by Collinge's husband Jan Egleson, as a young Robert Kennedy in the ABC miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts; these early acting experiences "meant nothing more than a day off from school" to Affleck, he only began to consider a career as an actor when in high school. When he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in earnest, his first movie role was as a sociopathic teenager in Gus Van Sant's 1995 satirical comedy To Die For. During filming in Toronto, Affleck shared an apartment with co-star Joaquin Phoenix and they became close friends. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised Affleck's performance, saying he "skillfully capture the pang of adolescence among no-hopers."
However, Affleck had a "disappointing" experience while making the 1996 drama Race the Sun and, "as soon as the film finished, I went to school."While studying at Columbia, Affleck had a supporting role in Van Sant's Good Will Hunting, written by his brother and their