No. 2 Global Theater Chain Cineworld Enters Netflix ‘Roma’ Dispute

Cineworld, the world’s second-largest theatrical chain (after AMC Theatres), has joined a growing dispute regarding Netflix’s aggressive marketing foray into industry movie awards.

The U.K.-based chain, which acquired Regal Cinemas last year for $3.6 billion, this week informed the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) that it was pulling support for the organization after it honored Netflix original movie, Roma, with the Best Film award, among others, in February.

In a letter to BAFTA, Cineworld cited the organization for breaking its rules by nominating a “made for TV” movie for awards consideration. Netflix’s black-and-white film about a 1970s family in Mexico picked up four BAFTA trophies, including for cinematography, foreign language and director (Alfonso Cuarón).

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While Netflix’s aversion to the traditional 90-day theatrical window for original movies isn’t new, the streaming pioneer’s aggressive marketing push and success with Roma has upped angst among exhibitors and some industry veterans.

In an attempt to assuage industry protocol, Netflix released Roma in select (largely) independent theaters early, followed quickly with global streaming access.

Combined with a marketing blitz in Los Angeles and New York, Roma picked up 10 Oscar nominations, winning the same three BAFTA categories – but not Best Picture.

BAFTA, which denied it broke its own rules affording Roma awards consideration, said it would initiate a “review of our eligibility criteria in the coming months,” as reported by Deadline.com.

Netflix, which reportedly spent $30 million marketing Roma to voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, upped its marketing spend after one of its first original movies – critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba – was shunned by major industry awards in 2015, despite 91% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film generated just $90,000 at the box office following a nationwide exhibitor boycott.

Notably, Elba became the first actor to win a SAG best supporting actor award for his performance without being nominated for an Oscar.

 

BAFTA Nominee ‘The Prisoner,’ Noir ‘Phantom Lady’ Among Titles Coming to Blu-ray in March From Arrow and MVD

British Academy Film Awards nominee The Prisoner, the Sister Street Fighter Collection, the noir Phantom Lady and a slate of horror films are due on Blu-ray in March from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

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March 5 comes the two-disc Sister Street Fighter Collection, which includes all three films in the Japanese exploitation film trilogy. In the first film, Li (Etsuko Shihomi) travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother. Li returns in Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread, this time in search of a woman that has been kidnapped by a group of diamond smugglers. The series comes to a close with Return of the Sister Street Fighter, with Li once again hoping to locate a missing person, this time a kingpin’s mistress.

Also coming March 5 is Robert Siodmak’s 1944 noir Phantom Lady. Ella Raines stars as a secretary willing to put her life on the line in an effort to prove her boss did not murder his wife. Special features include the archival documentary Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir, featuring the contributions of Robert Wise, Dennis Hopper and more; a 1944 hour-long radio dramatization with Ella Raines and Alan Curtis; and a gallery of stills and promotional materials.

Due March 12 is the late 1990s booby-trap slasher Kolobos about a group of strangers trapped in a deadly house. They arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in an experimental film. With the entire property fitted with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping them within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. The new 2K restoration that includes an audio commentary, interviews and more.

Also due March 12 is Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner (1955), which was nominated for five BAFTAs, including best film. The tense drama puts Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins in a room and has them square off in mental battle that tests the human spirit. Special features include a new video appreciation on the Oscar winning Guinness from author and academic Neil Sinyard.

Coming March 19 is a new 2K restoration of Strip Nude for Your Killer, an Italian giallo about a series of vicious murders in a Milanese fashion house that leave Edwige Fenech and Nino Castelnuovo to solve the case. Special features include a new audio commentary by horrorpedia.com’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint, video essays, interviews, two versions of the opening scene, and an image gallery.

Finally, on March 26 comes the boxed set Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz, which contains three films — Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin — from the early part of director Jose Ramon Larraz’s career. All films come newly restored in 2K with new bonus features.

Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Big Winner at 2019 BAFTA Awards

Heading into the Oscars, Netflix original movie Roma emerged the big winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards held Feb. 10 in London.

The black-and-white film won awards for Best Film, Director, Cinematography and Film Not in the English Language. Director Alfonso Cuarón won in each of these categories as well.

Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical movie about growing up in Mexico has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards in the United States.

Separately, Oscar nominee The Favourite was named Outstanding British Film, with Olivia Colman receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actress, Rachel Weisz taking Supporting Actress and Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara winning Original Screenplay. Sandy Powell won Costume Design, Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton won Production Design and Nadia Stacey won Make Up & Hair.

Colman has assumed the role of Queen Elizabeth II (from Claire Foy) for the upcoming third season of Netflix original series “The Crown.”

Meanwhile, Rami Malik won Leading Actor playing the late Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody; the film also won the award for Sound.

Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for Green Book; BlacKkKlansman won Adapted Screenplay. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the award for Animated Film, and Documentary was won by Free Solo.

A Star Is Born won Original Music and Vice took the BAFTA for Editing. Black Panther received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.

 

 

 

Amazon Bows ‘Critically Acclaimed’ Page Showcasing Globally Nominated, Winning Movies and TV Shows

Amazon has developed a niche revenue stream endorsing third-party over-the-top video services through its Prime Channels platform. Now, the e-commerce behemoth has launched a page/link highlighting original and third-party movies and TV shows garnering the industry recognition worldwide.

Dubbed “Critically Acclaimed,” the page showcases movies and TV shows nominated for, and winners of the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Lion (Italy), Filmfare (India), BAFTA (United Kingdom), Sundance, Golden Bear (Germany), Cannes (France), Golden Leopard (Switzerland), and European Film Academy recognition.

Separately, Amazon released its January slate of new series and movies available for rent, purchase and streaming on Prime Video.

Available for purchase:

Jan. 8

The Old Man & The Gun

Available for streaming:

Jan. 13

“True Detective, Season 3,” HBO

“Vera, Season 9,” Britbox

Jan. 14

“Victoria, Season 3,” PBS Masterpiece

Jan. 17

“Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2,” CBS All Access

January 20

“Crashing, Season 3,” HBO

“High Maintenance, Season 3,” HBO

“SMILF, Season 2,” Showtime

“Shameless, Season 9,” Showtime

“Black Monday, Season 1,” Showtime

Jan. 21

 “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Season 2,” CBS All Access

New series on Prime Video:

Jan. 1

 “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Season 1b” (Prime Original series),

“Breaking Big, Season 1”

“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Seasons 1, 5-19”

“First Civilizations, Season 1”

“Frontline, Season 36”

“Nova Wonders, Season 1”

Movies:

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Alpha Dog (2006)

Brazil (1985)

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II (2018)

Going to War (2018)

Jane Eyre (2011)

Reprisal (2018)

Rwanda: The Royal Tour (2018)

The Art of the Shine (2018)

The Jazz Ambassadors (2018)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

 Jan. 3

Leave No Trace (2018)

Jan. 4

Beautiful Boy (Prime Original movie)

Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Jan. 11

“Informer,Season 2” (Prime Original series)

Jan. 12

Final Score

Jan. 13

Eighth Grade (2018)

Jan. 16

The Debt (2010)

Jan. 18

 “The Grand Tour, Season 3” (Prime Original series)

Jan. 19

Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

Jan. 25

“Four More Shots Please! Season 1” (Prime Original series)

Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)

Jan. 29

“Endeavour, Season 5”

 

‘Game of Thrones’ Production Team to Receive BAFTA Craft Award

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honoring the production team from HBO’s popular period drama, “Game of Thrones,” with the BAFTA Special Award at the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards, April 22 in London.

The award, which recognizes production workers behind the critically-acclaimed period series and its contribution to pushing the boundaries within the various crafts involved in making all 67 episodes to date, will be live-streamed on YouTube and Twitter.

“Many, many people work insanely hard to create any film or television show,” series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, said in a statement. “They are creators every bit as much as actors, writers, producers or directors, and deserve to be recognised as such.”

Yet, accepting the award on behalf of the production team will be cast members John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Hannah Murray (Gilly).

“Thrones” is also nominated in two category awards, including for Michelle Clapton for Costume Design, and Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron for Production Design.

“The craft behind what is one of the most popular dramas of our time is nothing short of incredible, from the breath-taking location shots to the intricately designed costumes and set pieces, and not forgetting the level of detail from the makeup and prosthetics team to name a few,” said Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee.

First broadcast in the United States in 2011, “Thrones” – which chronicles a power struggle in a vast and violent kingdom – was acquired by Sky Atlantic for U.K. audiences in the same year. The drama is based on the fantasy books by George R.R. Martin.

HBO earlier this month announced it would release Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on 4K UHD Blu-ray/Digital HD on June 5.

 

‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ Due on Disc and Digital April 24 from Sony

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, starring Annette Bening as aging 1950s-era movie star Gloria Grahame, will hit digital and DVD April 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, based on a true story by Peter Turner, follows the 1978 romance that sparked in Liverpool, England, between a young actor (Jamie Bell) and Grahame. It also stars Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool received three BAFTA Film Award nominations, including Best Leading Actress (Bening), Best Leading Actor (Bell) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Matt Greenhalgh), in addition to four British Independent Film Award nominations, including Best Actor (Bell) and Best Supporting Actress (Walters). The San Francisco Film Critics Circle and London Critics Circle Film Awards each nominated Annette Bening’s performance, with her winning Best Actress at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards.

The DVD release includes the music video for “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” by Elvis Costello; film commentary with director Paul McGuigan, producer Barbara Broccoli and Turner; and four featurettes: “Elvis Costello Performance & Conversation,” “Making of the Music Video: ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way,’” “In Conversation with Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Paul McGuigan & Peter Turner,” and “Annette Bening on Gloria Grahame.”