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BIFA 2018: ‘The Favourite’ earns a record-breaking 10 wins at the British Independent Film Awards

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Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy The Favourite was certainly the favorite at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) in London on Sunday as the film managed to sweep the annual ceremony with a record-breaking 10 wins, picking up top honors such as Best British Independent Film, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

The film, which also stars Emma Stone and tells the story of the rivalry between Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham for the love and affection of Queen Anne, one of England’s least known rulers, also won numerous craft awards such as Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up and Hair Design, and Best Production Design.

Joe Cole’s turn as English boxer Billy Moore in Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s intense Thai prison drama A Prayer Before Dawn won him the Best Actor award, while Alessandro Nivola won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Dovid in the romantic drama Disobedience.

Other BIFA winners include Roma for Best International Film, American Animals writer-director Bart Layton for Debut Screenwriter, Beast star Jessie Buckley for Most Promising Newcomer, and You Were Never Really Here composer Jonny Greenwood for Best Music.

The complete list of 2018 BIFA winners is as follows:

Best British Independent Film
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Director 
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Best Screenplay
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Best Actress 
Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Actor
Joe Cole, A Prayer Before Dawn

Best Supporting Actor
Alessandro Nivola, Disobedience 

Most Promising Newcomer
Jessie Buckley, Beast 

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Richard Billingham, Ray & Liz 

Debut Screenwriter
Bart Layton, American Animals

Breakthrough Producer
Jacqui Davies, Ray & Liz

The Discovery Award
Voyageuse, May Miles Thomas

Best Documentary
Evelyn, Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best British Short Film 
The Big Day, Dawn Shadforth, Kellie Smith and Michelle Stein

Best International Independent Film 
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, Nicolás Celis and Gabriela Rodriguez

Best Casting 
Dixie Chassay, The Favourite

Best Cinematography 
Robbie Ryan, The Favourite

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell, The Favourite

Best Editing 
Nick Fenton, Julian Hart and Chris Gill, American Animals

Best Effects
Howard Jones, Early Man

Best Make Up & Hair Design
Nadia Stacey, The Favourite

Best Music 
Jonny Greenwood, You Were Never Really Here

Best Production Design
Fiona Crombie, The Favourite

Best Sound
Paul Davies, You Were Never Really Here

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film
Judi Dench

The Special Jury Prize
Horace Ové, CBE

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Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson save the world in a new ‘Men in Black: International’ trailer

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Men in Black: International, the newest installment in the long-dormant franchise that originally starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, which now finds Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles.

MIB: International follows Agent H (Hemsworth) and Agent M (Thompson) as they carry out their usual duties of protecting the Earth from the alien scum of the universe. However, things become increasingly more dangerous for the pair when they’re assigned to their biggest mission yet: identifying a mole in the Men in Black organization.

In addition to Hemsworth and Thompson, the reboot also stars Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, and Emma Thompson, who reprises her role from Men in Black 3.

F. Gary Gray, who directed 2015’s Straight Outta Compton and 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, helmed MIB: International using a script written by Art Marcum and Matt Halloway, based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham.

Men in Black franchise veterans Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald produced the film, with Steven Spielberg, E. Bennett Walsh, Riyoko Tanaka, David Beaubaire, Edward Cheng, Howard Chen, and Barry Sonnenfeld serving as executive producers.

Men in Black: International will hit theaters on June 14.

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‘Bond 25’ reveals full cast and plot details, but no title, as production begins to get underway

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In a special live streamed announcement on Thursday, the team behind Bond 25, including producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga, revealed a number of key details about the long-awaited next chapter in the classic British spy franchise, stopping just short of the film’s title.

Fukunaga, who signed on to direct Bond 25 following the departure of Danny Boyle last year, confirmed the returning cast which, in addition to Daniel Craig in the titular role, also includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright.

As for the newcomers, Ana de Armas is set to join the cast along with Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, and Rami Malek, who confirmed that he will be playing the film’s main villain, adding that he promises to make sure “that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride in this.”

The film will find Bond having left active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. However, his peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the screenplay for the movie along with Fukunaga, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with the latter two having taken the most recent pass at the script.

Production on Bond 25, which will commence on Sunday, April 28, will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK and on location in London, Italy, Norway, and Jamaica, where today’s announcement took place at GoldenEye, the former home of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

“We’re thrilled to return to Jamaica with Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s fifth installment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and Dr. No and Live And Let Die were filmed,” Wilson and Broccoli said.

Bond 25 is set to be released in the U.K. on April 3, 2020 and April 8, 2020 in the U.S.

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Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen to star in the coming-of-age indie drama ‘Paper Spiders’

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Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen have been cast as the leads in Inon Shampanier’s indie drama Paper Spiders, a bittersweet story about coming-of-age in the shadow of mental illness. The film is expected to begin production in Syracuse, New York later this month.

Written by Inon and Natalie Shampanier, Paper Spiders follows Melanie (Owen), a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor), whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control.

“I am thrilled to work with these incredibly talented actresses,” Inon Shampanier said in a statement. “Lili Taylor and Stefania Owen bring great tenderness and depth to this mother-daughter story.”

Anne Clements is producing Paper Spiders for Idiot Savant Pictures along with Ash Christian for Cranium Entertainment.

Taylor, repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment, was seen most recently in last year’s The Nun, where she reprised her role from the 2013 blockbuster horror hit The Conjuring. She can be seen next in the upcoming indie The Evening Hour.

Owen is repped by McKeon/Myones Entertainment and Paradigm Talent Agency and can currently be seen onscreen starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Harmony Korine’s stoner comedy The Beach Bum. She’ll appear next in Netflix‘s thriller The Messiah.

Inon and Natalie Shampanier, whose previous credits include 2015’s Beautiful & Twisted and 2012’s The Millionaire Tour, are repped by Chris Sablan of Avenue 220 and attorney Jacob Shapira.

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