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Will ‘1917’ be only the third film since 1992 to win BAFTAs for Best Picture And Best British Film?

Will ‘1917’ be only the third film since 1992 to win BAFTAs for Best Picture And Best British Film?
According to our BAFTA racetrack odds, “1917” is the front-runner to win Best Picture from the British academy. We also think it’ll win the award for Best British Film, which is awarded to movies with significant contributions from British filmmakers. Can it really take both prizes? Only two films have doubled up since Best British Film was reintroduced in 1992.

Best British Film was first handed out in 1947 but was discontinued in 1968. In those first 21 years there were eight films that won both awards: “The Sound Barrier” (1952), “Richard III” (1955), “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957; also Best Picture Oscar), “Room at the Top” (1958), “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962; also Best Picture Oscar), “Tom Jones” (1963; also Best Picture Oscar), “Dr. Strangelove” (1965); and “A Man for All Seasons” (1967; also 1966 Best Picture Oscar).

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But in the 27 years since Best British Film was brought back in 1992, only two films
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Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘The Favourite’ at the BAFTAs?

Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘The Favourite’ at the BAFTAs?
The Favourite” reaped a leading 12 nominations for the BAFTA Awards. Among these are bids for both Best Picture and Best British Film. But these two categories could cancel each other out in the minds of the BAFTA voters. Since the British academy reintroduced Best British Film in 1992, separate from the top award for Best Picture, only two movies have won both races.

“The King’s Speech” was the first film to pull off this double act at the BAFTAs in 2010 and it went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Last year, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” repeated this feat on home turf but lost the top Oscar race to “The Shape of Water.”

For Best Picture, “The Favourite” is up against two seven-time nominees — “Roma” and “A Star is Born” — as well as five-time contender “BlacKkKlansman” and four-time nominee “Green Book.” Its rivals for Best British Film are seven-time nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody,
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2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ breaks Best British Film curse

2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ breaks Best British Film curse
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the very first BAFTA Award of the evening on Feb. 18 when it was named Best British Film. And it ended the night by claiming the Best Picture prize. That marked just the second time since the British academy reintroduced Best British Film in 1992 that the same movie won both awards. The only other double dipper was “The King’s Speech,” which went to win Best Picture at the Oscars in 2011.

It might seem odd that a film like “Three Billboards,” which is set in the American heartland, qualified for consideration as Best British Film. However, it was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh, and co-financed by UK broadcaster Channel 4.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3 [Updating Live]

Over the last quarter century, seven other British films have been named Best Picture at the BAFTAs: “Howards End
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2018 Baftas: Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘Darkest Hour’ or ‘Three Billboards’?

2018 Baftas: Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘Darkest Hour’ or ‘Three Billboards’?
“Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” each reaped nine nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Awards. Among these are bids for Best British Film. While that nomination for the former makes sense given the subject matter and pedigree of Joe Wright‘s biopic about prime minister Winston Churchill, the latter doesn’t appear to be British. However, while the film is set in the American heartland, it was written and directed by an Englishman, Martin McDonagh, and that qualified it for consideration in this category.

Both films also number among the five in contention for Best Picture, alongside the American-made “The Shape of Water” and the international co-productions “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dunkirk.” Fans of either of “Darkest Hour” or “Three Billboards” should be rooting for one of their rivals in the Best British Film race — “The Death of Stalin,” “God’s Own Country,” “Lady Macbeth” or “Paddington 2” — to win on Feb.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Untamed,’ Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Whose Streets?,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum (Sophie Bassaler)

When one conjures iconic memories from cinema history, they might be of your favorite shot or sequence, but my mind often travels to behind-the-scenes photos featuring director, cast, crew, and beyond. These photographs often have a unifying connection: they come from Magnum Photos. Since 1947, the photographic cooperative — founded by such iconic names as Robert Capa amd Henri Cartier-Bresson — has been responsible
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The Speed of Passion: Close-Up on David Lean’s "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Lean's Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) is playing October 14 - November 13, 2017 on Mubi in the United States.John (J.R.) Ridgefield is a man possessed. The wealthy and influential aircraft industrialist is consumed by his desire to manufacture a plane capable of penetrating the inscrutable sound barrier. This supersonic obsession is a blessing and a curse for the Ridgefield family, providing their ample fortune and triggering largely latent rifts in their ancestral relations. It’s an opposition at the heart and soul of David Lean’s 1952 film The Sound Barrier, a post-war endorsement of British ingenuity and determination, and an emotional, blazing depiction of sacrifice and scientific achievement. The opening of The Sound Barrier (also known as Sound Barrier and Breaking the Sound Barrier), spotlights Philip Peel (John Justin), one of the film’s principal test pilots. In just under two minutes,
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Deadline – U.S.A.

Richard Brooks' exciting Humphrey Bogart picture is one of the best newspaper sagas ever. An editor deals with a gangster threat and a domestic crisis even as greedy heirs are selling his paper out from under him. Commentator Eddie Muller drives home the film's essential civics lesson about what we've lost -- a functioning free press. Deadline - U.S.A. Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 87 min. / Street Date July 26, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart, Martin Gabel, Joe De Santis, Audrey Christie, Jim Backus, Willis Bouchey, Joseph Crehan, Lawrence Dobkin, John Doucette, Paul Dubov, William Forrest, Dabbs Greer, Thomas Browne Henry, Paul Maxey, Ann McCrea, Kasia Orzazewski, Tom Powers, Joe Sawyer, William Self, Phillip Terry, Carleton Young. Cinematography Milton Krasner Film Editor William B.Murphy Original Music Cyril J. Mockridge Produced by Sol C. Siegel
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Win The Sound Barrier on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of The Sound Barrier on 11th april, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. The film tells the story of John Ridgefield (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago, The Heiress), the self-made wealthy owner of the Ridgefield Aircraft factory. The far-seeing aviation manufacturer is driven toward a significant breakthrough, envisioning

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‘The Sound Barrier’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin, Dinah Sheridan, Joseph Tomelty, Denholm Elliot | Written by Terrence Rattigan | Directed by David Lean

David Lean is well known for his romantic dramas (Brief Encounter) and literary adaptations (Great Expectations, Doctor Zhivago), which is why The Sound Barrier, his 1952 semi-biographical portrait of the British struggle to surpass the speed of sound, seems like something of an oddity.

The story focuses on the relationships between an ambitious Raf pilot Tony (Nigel Patrick), his military bride Susan (Ann Todd) her father, John (Ralph Richardson), a wealthy plane manufacturer who has lofty goals and doesn’t mind risking human lives to reach them. A brief prelude sees Susan’s brother Christopher – a small but welcome appearance from Indiana Jones’ Denholm Elliott – attempt to join the air force, despite both a lack of interest in and aptitude for flying. This ominous complication, paired with the
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Blu-ray Review – The Sound Barrier (1952)

The Sound Barrier, 1952.

Directed by David Lean.

Starring Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin and Denholm Elliott.


Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

The Sound Barrier, directed by David Lean midway through one of greatest runs in film history, is the story of the bid to achieve supersonic flight told through a fictionalised conflation of true events. In Lean’s account, it’s Brit aircraft magnate Sir John Ridgefield (Ralph Richardson), aided by his test pilot son-in-law Tony (Nigel Patrick), who through obsessive single-mindedness shatters the perceived limits of jet engine technology. In reality it was Usaf pilot Chuck Yeager, not any British airman, who first broke the sound barrier, but to Lean this detail is inconsequential. For his picture is not really about who shattered the record first at all. The Sound Barrier is rather a tale of Man’s
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The Sound Barrier – get up to speed with the re-release of David Lean's classic – video

A box office hit on release in 1952, David Lean’s The Sound Barrier, which dramatises Britain’s race to break the speed of sound, has since passed everyone by. Written by Terrence Rattigan and starring Ralph Richardson and Ann Todd, it tells the story of the obsessive aviators who took flight supersonic. The Sound Barrier is available on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time from 11 April

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Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

I. The Rattigan Version

After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?” Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”

Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing
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Separate Tables | Blu-ray Review

Playwright and screenwriter Terence Rattigan was an indubitable influence on mid-century British cinema. He authored several of the era’s most notable titles, including The Browning Version (1951), Lean’s The Sound Barrier (1952) Olivier’s troubled The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) and Anatole Litvak’s The Deep Blue Sea (1952), which was recently remade by Terrence Davies in 2011. But it would be a 1958 American adaptation of his play, Separate Tables, from director Delbert Mann that would prove to be his most critically lauded work, nominated for seven Academy Awards, and snagging two (Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress). By today’s standards, it’s a film that feels painstakingly melodramatic. Reconsidered within the framework of Rattigan’s own impressive oeuvre, the material hasn’t aged well, and as time has gone on, its cramped exploration of sexual dysfunction now plays like a euthanized product crippled by censorship of the author’s own
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Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump: Shocking New Footage Revealed

Felix Baumgartner will forever be remembered for his record-breaking 24.5-mile jump from space on Oct. 14, 2012. And now there is brand new first-person camera footage of his awe-inspiring feat. Watch the video right here!

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner became the first man in history to break the sound barrier in freefall after skydiving almost 25 miles to Earth from the edge of space. In newly released footage of Felix’s descent, we can take the plunge right along with him, and see everything he saw during his death-defying freefall.

Space Jump In First-Person View — Felix Baumgartner’s Skydive Footage

The video, which will feature in GoPro’s Super Bowl commercial on Sunday, Feb. 2., reveals Felix’s jump with perfect clarity — it’s like we’re right there with him (although we’re glad we’re not)!

Amazing Pov Of Felix’s Space Jump Take Our Poll

The scariest part is Felix’s one minute freefall,
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Nik Wallenda Completes Tightrope Walk Across Grand Canyon

He did it! We were on the edge of our seats watching the daredevil stuntman 1,500 feet above the ground, and after a tense 23 minutes, Nik made it to the other side!

Nik Wallenda may have just become the greatest daredevil in history. On June 23, the Flying Wallendas family member bravely navigated a razor-thin tightrope walk a quarter-mile across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. He is now the first person to ever complete the high-flying act. And oh yeah, did we mention he wasn’t even wearing a harness!?

Nik Wallenda Tightropes Across The Grand Canyon

Though everyone watching closely was likely sweating bullets and chewing on their fingernails, Nik himself may have been the calmest person of all. He very carefully put one foot in front of the other, barely resembling a man who was standing on a two-inch-thick steel cable 1,500 feet above the ground (for a comparison,
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Nik Wallenda Walks Across Grand Canyon: Kaley Cuoco & More React

The tightrope-walking daredevil put his life on the line, stepping out across the Grand Canyon on live TV on June 23. It certainly was a sight to see, and caused a huge reaction on Twitter.

Can we just say it? Nik Wallenda’s a little crazy — but boy, he definitely knows that high stakes make for great entertainment. The stakes couldn’t have been higher on June 23, when Nik, 34, walked a quarter-mile across the Grand Canyon, almost 1,500 feet above ground. The high-wire act had stars like Kaley Cuoco, Phillip Phillips and more biting their nails, and exuding extreme joy and relief when Nik successfully crossed the gap after a tense 23-minute journey.

Nik Wallenda’s Skywire Act: Celebs React On Twitter

The Big Bang Theory star could not believe that Nik actually ran the last bit of the wire act. “Did he just ‘jog it in’?!?!” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Phillip was
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Nik Wallenda: Photos Of Tightrope Walk Across Grand Canyon

Nik Wallenda, 34, risked his life and tightrope walked across the Grand Canyon on live TV on June 23! Relive the mind-blowing experience and browse through our gallery of photos.

Nik Wallenda had us on pins and needles as he slowly tightrope walked across the Grand Canyon on live TV on June 23, walking a quarter-mile at 1,500 feet above ground. We were filled with extreme joy and relief when Nik successfully crossed the gap after a breath-taking 23-minute journey.

Nik Wallenda Pics: Man Tightrope Walks Across Grand Canyon

Nik, 34, crossed the Grand Canyon with no safety harness and even managed to run the final few feet!

He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him and the rope swayed.

“Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God,” Nik said, halfway into the walk.

After the walk, Nik told Discovery that the winds, expected to be 30mph,
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Nik Wallenda Prepares For Daredevil Tightrope Act Across Grand Canyon

Nik won’t stop until he goes down as the greatest death-defying stuntman in history! Almost exactly a year since he became the first man to tightrope across the Niagara Falls, he’s taking his fearless, acrobatic talents to the Grand Canyon. It’ll be his most dangerous stunt ever!

Don’t ask why, but on June 23, Nik Wallenda, 34, will walk on a tightrope stretched across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon. The third of a mile, razor-thin rope will be suspended 1,500 feet (for reference, that’s about 50 feet higher than the Empire State Building) above the river. Nik will not be wearing a parachute or a harness — and there definitely won’t be a safety net. The best part about all of this? You can watch every second of the high-flying drama on TV.

Nik Wallenda’s Grand Canyon Tightrope Act

Nik’s daredevil act will be broadcast live (well,
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Dinah Sheridan: a career in clips

Dinah Sheridan, who played the mother in the 1970 version of The Railway Children, has died. We take a look at her life in film

Before the second world war, a teenage Sheridan played the fresh-faced ingenue in a string of British features, including a snobbish daughter in Father Steps Out (1937) and a theatrical type in the murder mystery Landslide (also 1937) – the latter film co-starring her future husband Jimmy Hanley. Clips are hard to find for these cheap and cheerful pictures – it's not until cult caper Calling Paul Temple (1948) that we can get a look at Sheridan, then in her late 20s, in action. She played Steve, the vivacious wife of the suave crime novelist of the title, played by John Bentley.

And you can catch a glimpse of Sheridan doing some knitting while a precocious Petula Clark twangs her guitar in The Huggetts Abroad, one of the series of Huggetts movies in the late 40s.
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Dinah Sheridan Has Died

Dinah Sheridan Has Died
Actress Dinah Sheridan, who became best known for her work in films such as The Railway Children and Genevieve and later for her TV appearances, has died at the age of 92.Born Dinah Mec in 1920 to a Russian father and German mother, she changed her name upon entering show business as her birth surname was pronounced “mess” and she didn’t want to give critics any free ammunition.She didn’t need to worry: her performances were largely acclaimed, including roles in Calling Paul Temple and Paul Temple’s Triumph before World War II broke out and she gave up her career to become an ambulance driver.Sheridan returned to films in the post-War period, working on such titles as David Lean’s Breaking The Sound Barrier and 1980’s The Mirror Crack’d, in which she co-starred with Angela Lansbury.But her performances in 1953’s Genevieve and 1970’s The Railway Children
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