National Theatre is considering putting NT Live library online

National Theatre is considering putting NT Live library online

Some productions like Frankenstein and Hamlet could hit streaming services. See more below:

Wider availability of top-grade films of productions starring such names as Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Tom Hiddleston would be a content goldmine for lovers of quality theater.

In what could be a small silver lining in the dark cloud of prolonged live theater shutdowns on both sides of the Atlantic due to the coronavirus pandemic, Britain’s National Theatre for the first time is showing signs that it might consider making its superb library of NT Live productions available for streaming.

Responding to countless inquiries about the subject on social media this week, TeamNT wrote: “At this stage, we’re very actively looking at what we can offer to audiences while the National Theatre is closed. We hope to have more news on that very soon.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out for further information in what could be a welcome development for theater-starved audiences worldwide, particularly as the closing of live theaters and movie houses stretches on, and home confinement becomes more oppressive.

Theaters in various parts of the U.S. affected by the government-mandated closing of live performance venues have scrambled to find ways to stream filmed productions for ticket holders, while one of the more established streaming services, BroadwayHD, which has a vast library containing hundreds of live performance-captured productions, is offering a 7-day free trial for its widely available service.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York, which yesterday confirmed the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, has been offering “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of Live in HD presentations of its past productions, during the coronavirus closure.

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New Letters of Note (audio)book series features readings by Benedict

New Letters of Note (audio)book series features readings by Benedict

Six new volumes in the Letters of Note series organized by Shaun Usher are being released today by British publisher Canongate, each dedicated to one subject: love, art, music, mothers, cats or war.

They’re introducing the new Letters of Note paperback/ebook collection which is also being released in audio format, a first for the series. The audiobooks feature performances from Letters Live regulars like Benedict, who performs in all six. And to make things even better: Canongate will make a donation to the National Literacy Trust, one of Letters Live’s regular partner charities, for each audiobook sold!

Below you’ll find more information on the British editions. We decided to include their International Standard Book Numbers instead of links to any particular stores in an attempt to (hopefully) make things easier for you, so that you can look them up in whichever stores you prefer whether you live in the UK or not.

Also, we know of release dates in four other countries: Germany (already out), Canada (31 March), Australia (this month/next month) and the US (6 October)!

Love

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895325

Ebook: 9781786895332

Audiobook: 9781838850050

Art

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781838851460

Ebook: 9781838851477

Audiobook: 9781838851842

Music

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895592

Ebook: 9781786895585

Audiobook: 9781838850128

Mothers

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786899446

Ebook: 9781786899453

Audiobook: It’s an Audible (from any country, as far as we could tell) exclusive.

Cats

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895547

Ebook: 9781786895554

Audiobook: 9781838850104

War

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895349

Ebook: 9781786895356

Audiobook: 9781838850081

Benedict narrates the commercial for new “Minutes Matter” campaign

Benedict narrates the commercial for new “Minutes Matter” campaign

During the Superbowl last night, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the City of Pittsburgh announced a new partnership in the form of new campaign named “Minutes Matter” whose goals is to provide access to basic emergency information and education about life-saving interventions to their community. Check out the video below:

He says:

Tonight, UPMC announces a partnership with City of Pittsburgh to provide emergency education to everyone. You have the power to save a life.

For more information, please visit the Minutes Matters website.

Benedict backs letter on Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Benedict backs letter on Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Benedict is one of the 2000 supporters of a letter destined to world leaders urging them to act on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a plan to end extreme poverty, defeat injustice and inequality and end the climate crisis adopted at the UN in 2015, when 193 countries committed to achieve those objectives by 2030. Check it out bellow:

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First reactions to “Ironbark”

First reactions to “Ironbark”

Ironbark has just had its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and we’ve already got some first impressions from audience members and official reviews!

But, before we get to them, we must share this message Benedict recorded for the event and that was shown right before the movie:

Full video
Another angle (incomplete video)

He says (hopefully, this is correct!):

Hello! I’m extremely sorry not to be with you, not least because I like snowboarding and great films and probably everybody at that town at the moment and I’ve always wanted to go to Sundance, in all seriousness. It’s the bassinet of great films and a fantastic festival and a inspiring one for the film culture in general. I really wish I was there just as an audience member. But not least in this instance because I have a film I’m in and have helped produce that is premiering in Sundance.

So, I really hope you enjoy Ironbark. Know that my thoughts are with you. I’m at the other side of the world shooting The Power of the Dog with Jane Campion in New Zealand. That’s a pretty good excuse, not that I need one because I’d be there in a heartbeat for the reasons I mentioned.

Many thanks to everyone involved in making the film, to Ben Pugh and Adam Ackland, to Ben and Glen at FilmNation and, of course, our fearless leader Dominic Cooke. I hope you enjoy the film.

Godspeed and see you next year, maybe! Bye, bye!

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FilmNation’s President of Production talks “Ironbark” with Deadline

FilmNation’s President of Production talks “Ironbark” with Deadline

In an interview published today, FilmNation’s President of Production, Ben Browning, talked with Deadline Hollywood about the company’s Sundance Festival lineup, incluing Ironbark.

Check out bellow what he said about Benedict’s physical transformation for the role of Greville Wynne. Oh, and the new behind-the-scenes image from the film!

Deadline: I think some people were expecting to see Ironbark at an autumn festival last year…

Browning: We haven’t submitted it to any other festival. There was a blip in terms of its production schedule, which not everyone knows. There’s a section of the film where Benedict Cumberbatch goes through a significant body transformation and that shoot actually happened three-and-a-half months later. That affected the production schedule. We were aspiring for this to be a classical drama like The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech. Getting that exactly right and knowing where to debut it was really important to us. It’s true that the film’s language isn’t necessarily what people might think of as a Sundance movie but it felt to us that this launch would give the film the space to announce itself as something quite different.

Deadline: How much weight did Benedict lose? [We hear it was at least 30-35 pounds]

Browning: I can’t recall exactly but it’s one of those great thespian transformations. You feel it and when you watch the movie with an audience you feel their response to it. I think it conveys very effectively, in simple images, what this guy went through. Benedict’s commitment is immense. He really went for it.

Click here to read the entire interview on Deadline.

Ironbark will have its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival tonight at 6.30pm MT, but Benedict’s not expected to attend it, according to the event’s own website. Nonetheless, we’ll keep you updated on any news and first reactions of the movie that may come out tonight.

“1917” and “Avengers: Endgame” receive Oscar nominations

“1917” and “Avengers: Endgame” receive Oscar nominations

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Oscars and both 1917 and Avengers: Endgame are among them!

1917 received 10 nominations and Endgame scored one. Check them out below:

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite
– WINNER

Best Director
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite – WINNER

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson – Knives Out
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won – Parasite – WINNER

Best Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman
Lawrence Sher – Joker
Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins – 1917 – WINNER
Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker – Bombshell – WINNERS
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou – Joker
Jeremy Woodhead – Judy
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole – 1917

Original Score
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker – WINNER
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917
John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Production Design
The Irishman
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

1917
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Parasite
Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Sound Editing
Donald Sylvester – Ford v Ferrari
Alan Robert Murray – Joker
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate – 1917 – WINNERS
Wylie Stateman – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Matthew Wood and David Acord – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano – Ad Astra
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow – Ford vs. Ferrari
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland – Joker
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson – 1917 – WINNERS
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick – Avengers: Endgame
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli – The Irishman
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman – The Lion King
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy – 1917 – WINNERS
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The ceremony will take place on 9 February at 8pm ET/1am GMT.

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Scott Derrickson won’t helm “Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness”

Scott Derrickson won’t helm “Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness”

Unfortunately, director Scott Derrickson won’t be directing Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness. He said on Twitter:

Marvel, on the other hand, released this statement via Variety, which first reported the news on their website:

Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.

Still according to their website, the movie will begin production in May and the filming schedule should be affected by this, as they’re already searching for a replacement.

“1917” scores nominations at the WGA, PDA and DGA Awards

“1917” scores nominations at the WGA, PDA and DGA Awards

Between yesterday and today, three American guilds released their 2020 nominations and 1917 scored big! Check them out below:

Writers Guild Awards

Original Screenplay

1917, Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns; Universal Pictures

Booksmart, Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman; United Artists Releasing

Knives Out, Written by Rian Johnson; Lionsgate

Marriage Story, Written by Noah Baumbach; Netflix

Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho; Neon – WINNER

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‘1917’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are nominated at the BAFTA Film Awards

‘1917’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are nominated at the BAFTA Film Awards

Sam Mendes’ World War I film received nine nominations, including Best Film and Oustanding British Film, while the Marvel production has got a nod for Special Visual Effects. See all the categories below:

Best Film
1917WINNER
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Parasite

Outstanding British Film
1917WINNER
Bait
For Sama
Rocketman
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes

Director
1917 – Sam MendesWINNER
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
Joker – Todd Phillips
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho

Original Score
1917 – Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit – Michael Giacchino
Joker – Hildur Gudnadóttir – WINNER
Little Women – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

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