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Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for The Personal History of David Copperfield. This new take on the Charles Dickens' favorite comes from director Armando Iannucci, best known for his work on HBO's Veep. It stars Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom as the iconic character in what looks to be a very unique take on the tale. It certainly doesn't hurt matters that Iannucci has assembled an A-list ensemble to back up Oscar-nominee Patel, who is leading the way.
The trailer kicks off by showing us an adult David Copperfield on stage as played by Dev Patel, recounting some of the major events of his life to the crowd. We then flashback to his life as a young boy and follow him through key moments and adventures. The filmmakers have injected quite a bit of levity and dark humor into the story. Aside from that, one of the big takeaways is the production design. Many of the sets and locations look rather grand and epic. Overall, it looks like a heavily stylized take on a tale that has been told more than a few times in the past, which could help set it apart.
The Personal History of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens' classic ode to grit and perseverance through a comedic lens, giving the familiar tale new life for the modern age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. It follows Copperfield on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. The cast also includes Aneurin Barnard Dunkirk, Peter Capaldi Doctor Who, Gwendoline Christie Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange, Benedict Wong Avengers: Infinity War, Daisy May Cooper The Wrong Mans, Rosalind Eleazar Howards End, Hugh Laurie House, Ben Wishaw Paddington 2, Morfydd Clark Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Paul Whitehouse Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Armando Iannucci, outside of HBO's Veep, has worked on several highly-regarded shows including I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick of It. On the movie side of things, he previously directed 2017's The Death of Stalin, which was one of the best-reviewed movies of that year. Iannucci's frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell penned the screenplay. Charles Dickens's tale was originally published as a serial starting in 1849, before being collected as a novel in 1950.
Critics who have screened the movie so far have been quite kind. Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, it holds an impressive 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This could be a much-needed win for Fox, as this was produced before the Disney merger went into effect last year. In the months since the merger, the majority of the studio's titles have flopped, leaving Disney holding the bag. The Personal History of David Copperfield is set to hit theaters on May 8 from Searchlight Pictures. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.Source:...
The 92nd Oscars featured a mix of the expected and the unexpected Sunday, with Neon’s South Korean film Parasite capping the evening by winning Best Picture, making history as the first foreign-language film ever to take the marquee prize.
Parasite director and co-writer Bong Joon Ho made four trips to the Dolby Theater stage, with the film also winning for Directing, Original Screenplay and International Feature.
Other honorees who spent this compressed Oscar season honing their acceptance speeches for tonight were the four Acting winners - all of whom won as expected. That meant statuettes for Joaquin Phoenix Leading Actor for Joker, Renee Zellweger Leading Actress for Judy, Brad Pitt Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Laura Dern Supporting Actress for Marriage Story.
Check out all the winners’ speeches below.
Best PictureParasite Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers
Actress in a Leading Role Renée ZellwegerJudy LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions
Actor in a Leading Role Joaquin PhoenixJoker Warner Bros
DirectingParasite Neon Bong Joon Ho
Actor in a Supporting Role Brad PittOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood Sony Pictures Releasing
Actress in a Supporting Role Laura DernMarriage Story Netflix
Adapted ScreenplayJojo Rabbit Fox Searchlight Screenplay by Taika Waititi
Original ScreenplayParasite Neon Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won Story by Bong Joon Ho
Original Song “I'm Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman Paramount Music by Elton John Lyric by Bernie Taupin
Original ScoreJoker Warner Bros. Hildur Guðnadóttir
International FeatureParasite A Barunson E&A Production South Korea
Documentary FeatureAmerican Factory Netflix A Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media Production Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
Makeup and HairstylingBombshell Lionsgate Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
Film EditingFord v Ferrari Walt Disney Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Cinematography1917 Universal/Amblin Partners Roger Deakins
Costume DesignLittle Women Sony Pictures Releasing Jacqueline Durran
Production DesignOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood Sony Pictures Releasing Production Design: Barbara Ling Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Documentary Short SubjectLearning to Skateboard in a Warzone If You're a Girl A+E Networks A Grain Media Production Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
Animated Feature FilmToy Story 4 Disney Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera
Animated Short FilmHair Love Sony Pictures Releasing A Matthew A. Cherry...
When the Oscar nominations were announced earlier this month, two documentaries about Syria made it through: Feras Fayyad's The Cave, about a courageous woman doctor running a subterranean hospital outside Damascus, and For Sama, directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, the story of Al-Kateab's effort to raise her baby daughter in Aleppo as the city was systematically destroyed.
“Before the revolution there’s no Syrian film that made it to the [Oscars'] final five,” Al-Kateab notes. “And for the Academy people to [nominate] these two films, it was for us the best thing that could ever happen.”
Watts adds, “When we were making the film, we were told so often that people didn’t care about Syria anymore, that everyone was exhausted by it. And so to see at this level people engaging and supporting two films about Syria, it gives you hope that actually people do care about the fate of people who are living thousands of miles away.”PBS
For Sama was produced by the U.K.'s Channel 4 and distributed in the U.S. by PBS National Geographic released The Cave. As the Oscars approached, Deadline spoke with the For Sama filmmakers about their Academy Award nomination and the journey of bringing the documentary to the screen.
DEADLINE: Most viewers expected For Sama to be nominated. What was your confidence level going into the Oscars announcement?
WAAD AL-KATEAB: I had some feeling before, a while ago that, “Yes, we will make it.” But it’s not clear...And really when you think about all the other films, really great films, but also they have very great people behind them, a very big money machine. And we just felt that we are the little fish through all of this.
EDWARD WATTS: We watched [the nomination announcement] on TV. It was a nerve-wracking thing because of the whole alphabetical order. So it’s first one, cool. Second one, fine. Third one, okay. And then…I was so sure that Honeyland would get a nomination as well because we love those guys, an amazing film. I knew we had to be [announced] before Honeyland. That was in my brain.
DEADLINE: Waad, you shot hundreds of hours of video over the years of siege in Aleppo. How did you and Edward settle on the structure, framing the film as a sort of love letter to your daughter Sama?PBS
AL-KATEAB: We went together through the whole material from minute one to the last and it took us days and weeks to just go through everything.
WATTS: I was writing notes and it ended up even from that first couple of weeks being this 300-page document with names, places, maps, footage, screenshots.
AL-KATEAB: It took us the first, let’s say, six months just to structure the story...