Gorgeous New Images from “Belle” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a distributor for an upcoming historical drama entitled, Belle. This film looks gorgeous and the story behind it is so inspiring. There have been fifteen (15) new images released from the film!

Belle is based on a true story about Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who was an illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. After her father falls ill, she is raised by her great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and great-aunt (Emily Watson); Lord and Lady Mansfield.

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Even though Belle is part of a well-to-do family, her race prohibits her from partaking in family and social traditions. She falls for a young man named John Davinier (Sam Reid), who wants these close-mined ideals to change. In working together, Belle, Lord Mansfield, and John strive to end slavery in England.

Belle was directed by Amma Asante and also stars Matthew Goode, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, and Tom Felton.

The film has already circulated through several festivals, but will be heading to theaters on May 2 in the United States. Festivals it has premiered at include Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Montclair Film Festival. Check out these new images below:

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What do you think of these new images? Does Belle seem like a film you may be interested in seeing?

Source: IMDb and IMDbPro

Trailer MegaPost – Exclusive Trailers for “One Chance,” “Philomena,” and “Belle”

Next year is going to be another big year for the movie industry with plenty of Oscar-worthy films lined up. However, there are also several films generating buzz that are being released before the new year. Some amazing new trailers have been released for a few inspiring movies that I cannot wait to see. Read below for details on each film and click the film name for links to the trailer!

1) One Chance stars James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, and Jemima Rooper. This is the official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers): From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win “Britain’s Got Talent” and the hearts of millions. One Chance is going to be hitting theaters on December 27, 2013.

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2) Philomena has a talented cast that includes Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Charlie Murphy, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, and Charles Edwards. Here is the official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers): Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock—something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of—and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son. Philomena will be theatrically released on November 22, 2013.

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3) Belle stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton, Sam Reid, and Matthew Goode. Here is an official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers): Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Belle premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8, 2013 and will be released in theaters on May 2, 2014.

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What do you think of these trailers? Will you be interested in seeing any of these films? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Sources: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

Film Festival Coverage – Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The film lineup for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was officially announced today and there are some amazing films included in this list. Some of these films also premiered at Cannes earlier this year and are generating some award season buzz already.

According to Entertainment Weekly, there are several films that are generating buzz, including the John Krokidas-directed biography Kill Your Darlings, which also premiered at Sundance. The John Wells-directed adaptation, August: Osage County, which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is also generating a lot of buzz. Plus, 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch and The Fifth Estate are also going to be premiering at TIFF and are gaining some attention.

Alfonso Cuaron’s awaited space thriller Gravity and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon will also be premiering at the festival. The  the Palme d’Or-winning film, Blue Is the Warmest Color is going to be shown in a Special Presentations category.

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Here is a list of the other films premiering in the first round of the festival:

All Is By My SideAmerican Dreams in ChinaThe Art of the StealAttila MarcelBad WordsBelleBurning Bush,Cannibal (Canibal)Cold EyesDallas Buyers ClubDevil‘s KnotDom HemingwayThe DoubleFelonyThe Fifth EstateFor Those Who Can TellGloriaGoing Away (Il est parti dimanche)The Grand SeductionThe Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza)Half of a Yellow SunHateship LoveshipIdaL’IntrepidoThe Invisible Woman,JoeLabor DayLife of a CrimeLike Father Like SonThe Love Punch, The LunchboxMan of Tai Chi, Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomMARY Queen of ScotsMystery RoadNight MovesOmarOne ChanceOnly Lovers Left AliveParklandThe Past (Le Passe)PhilomenaPioneer (Pioner)PrisonersQuai d’OrsayThe Railway Man,The RealThe Right Kind of Wrong, RushShuddh Desi RomanceStarred UpSupermensch The Legend of Shep GordonThird Person, Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)TracksUnder the SkinVioletteVisitorsWalesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.), We are the Best! (Vi ar bast!), Le Week-End, You Are Here, Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie).

What do you think of the film lineup for the festival this year? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Once Upon a Time” – Emilie de Ravin Promoted to Series Regular

For those of you who are fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, the Remember Me star Emilie de Ravin has been promoted to having a regular on the hit series.

The actress played the Beauty and the Beast heroine Belle in three episodes during the drama’s debut season.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Ravin stated: ‘“It’s a beautiful story, but I think it also shows that there’s not always a happy ending. Most of these original fairy tales — of course, being predominately made as animations for children — didn’t want to have a tragedy at the end. So they definitely take a more realistic approach.”’

Do you think this is a good choice by ABC? Are you looking forward to seeing more of Emilie de Ravin on the show?

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