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British Actors Excel at Playing Real People: They’ve Got the Oscars to Prove It

British actors aren’t strangers to Academy Award acclaim. Last weekend Eddie Redmayne, star of The Theory of Everything in which he gave a radiant performance as world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, joined the company of almost thirty of his fellow countrymen and women in winning a Best Leading Actor or Actress statuette since the honors were first bestowed 87 years ago.

Vivien Leigh won twice for her portrayal of some very famous fictional characters; in 1940 for Gone with the Wind and in 1952 for A Streetcar Named Desire. Laurence Olivier was recognized in 1949 for his interpretation of one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s characters, Hamlet.

Today, however, I want to focus on those actors, like Mr. Redmayne who have taken on the daunting challenge of playing a person who actually existed and were rewarded with a little bald golden man for their trouble. The biopic trend has been on the increase since the 1980’s but that’s not to say that people weren’t bringing history to life long before that time. 

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Watch: Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain in Trailer for ‘Crimson Peak’

The first trailer has arrived for director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Gothic horror film Crimson Peak, and if what you most want in life is a bunch of shots of Tom Hiddleston being creepy in a super posh period costume, well, it’s your lucky day.

Hiddleston stars opposite Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam in this supernatural period drama that features ghosts, family secrets, dark passions, and general craziness.   

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Get Your First Look at Sir Ian McKellen as 'Mr. Holmes'

Since Sir Ian McKellen is one of those sorts of actors that most people would be willing to watch read out math equations, any time he takes a role, it's of interest. When he decides to take on play an iconic part like the great Sherlock Holmes - who, by the way, is the most frequently portrayed fictional character in film or television - it pretty much guarantees that the end result is going to be awesome. McKellen will be playing the great detective in the upcoming film Mr. Holmes, which is based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen.

The movie will offer a slightly different take on the tale of Sherlock Holmes - unlike contemporary series Sherlock and Elementary which focus on a younger detective solving various cases, this story will be set during the twilight of his life, as he battles old age, dementia, and a growing obsession with an unsolved case from his past. Without his Watson, the 93-year-old Holmes now lives a housekeeper and his young son 

Before They Were Oscar Nominees: British Stars Up for Academy Awards in 2015

This year five talented Brits have been nominated for an Academy Award. Most of these names are quite familiar to UK film fans; however, before they were delivering inspiring performances and their names appeared on movie theater marquees, they had to pay their dues with small guest appearances in television series and made-for-TV movies.

Let’s take a brief look at their careers before they were Oscar hopefuls…

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BAFTA 2015: Which is the Best British Film?

If the holidays are wrapping up and the cold, dark winter is truly setting in, it can mean only one thing. It’s awards season! For the UK film industry, the greatest accolade that can be bestowed is from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA for short, which also happens to the name of the statuette presented to the winners. 

On this past Friday, the nominees for the 2015 BAFTAs were announced at the Picadilly headquarters of the Academy itself by perennial host Stephen Fry and his cohort Sam Claflin. While there might have been a few snubs, most of the expected names were announced. Of interest to British movie fans, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game received multiple nods for acting, screenplay, director and best overall film. Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike and Imelda Staunton also earned nominations for their impressive work in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl and Pride respectively. A complete list of nominees can be found here.

Though a British organization, most of BAFTA’s awards are not limited to UK produced movies except for one – the Outstanding British Film category. Last year some of the nominees for this award had a tenuous claim to this distinction. In fact it was Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that won this honor in 2014.

This year’s batch of outstanding movies are much more identifiably British and a good representation of UK filmmaking overall. Two are biopics of famous scholars, two are based on historical events set in the fairly recent past, one is a Scottish sci-fi thriller and the last is a CGI depiction of a beloved British children’s character. I’ve actually seen four out of the six films on the list and, despite a few disagreements based on my own personal tastes, would concur with a majority of  its candidates.

Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?

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New Trailer for ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

A new trailer has been released for the highly anticipated sequel to heartwarming 2012 comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, if the new clip is anything to go by, it pretty much looks as though we’re kind of in for more of the same as we go back to India for a second stay. However, in this case, “more of the same” is a perfectly acceptable and actually quite desirable outcome as the first film is so lovely.

Creatively titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel will continue to follow the story of a group of British retirees making a home for themselves in a second-rate Indian retirement hotel. Eight months have passed since the events of the original film and, with the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and the Beautiful nearing capacity, owner-manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) is looking to expand his business empire. Or, at least build another retirement home. 

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From ‘Sherlock’ to Superhero: Benedict Cumberbatch is Your New ‘Doctor Strange’

Well, at least we can say we knew him when, right? After weeks (months, maybe) of will he/won’t he rumors and speculation, it’s finally official Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has added another crown jewel to his geek credentials by nabbing  the lead role in upcoming Marvel tentpole Doctor Strange.  

For the past year a slew of big Hollywood names have been attached to the role of Stephen Strange, including Johnny Depp, Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Keanu Reeves and more. In fact, Cumberbatch was mentioned as being on Marvel’s short list for the part earlier this year, though that talk died out over the summer, when it seemed like Joaquin Phoenix was going to take it on. But now, Marvel has come back to Cumberbatch, and have brought the actor officially on board.

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James Bond 24 Will Be Called ‘Spectre’ and Other Details You Need to Know

It’s official: The 24th installment in the iconic James Bond film franchise has a title, a cast, a car and a release date. The film is to be called Spectre and, of course, Daniel Craig is back for his fourth turn as Agent 007 and he’ll be joined by many returning cast members from his last Bond outing, along with, predictably, a bunch of new faces.

Ralph Fiennes will be returning as the new M, along with Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner.  As far as the new folks go, most notably there’s Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Djano Unchained), who has joined the cast as a character called Oberhauser. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista has signed on as Mr. Hinx, and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott is set to play a new MI-5 agent named Denbigh.

Oh, and the new Bond girls for this outing are Monica Bellucci (The Matrix films) and Lea Seydoux (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), playing characters named Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann respectively.

They even unveiled Bond’s new car, an especially snazzy looking Aston Martin DB10.

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Watch: Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen in Trailer for ‘Far From the Madding Crowd'

Who’s up for a little Thomas Hardy at your local multiplex? A big screen adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd is headed our way next year, offering those of us who like our period drama with a bit of classical literary flavoring an option beyond Jane Austen.  Also, this just looks pretty awesome in general, if you ask me.

The film’s cast is top notch, as is really to be expected in dramas such as this, featuring The Great Gatsby’s (or Doctor Who’s if you’re really fond of the episode “Blink”) Carey Mulligan as our heroine, opposite Masters of Sex’s Michael Sheen, The Hollow Crown’s Tom Sturridge and dishy Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts.

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Lily James and Richard Madden Star in Magical Live Action ‘Cinderella’ Trailer

Disney is bringing one of its most iconic animated heroines to life – in a film that’s positively stuffed full of fabulous British actors. The House of Mouse has released the first trailer for its live action version of film classic Cinderella – and it’s surprisingly good.

Downton Abbey’s Lily James trades in her flapper dresses for a ball gown as the titular Disney princess, and she gets the King in the North (also known as Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden) as her Prince Charming. 

Director Kenneth Bragnagh has assembled a top-notch supporting cast, including Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, and The Borgias’ Holliday Grainger and James’ own Downton co-star Sophie McShera as the horrible stepsisters. 

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