A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism....
Actor Steven R. Mcqueen is leaving hit show The Vampire Diaries. McQueen, the grandson of movie legend Steve McQueen, has been with the show since 2009 and his character has even died on the show, but the 26 year old insists this time his exit will be permanent.
But executive producer Julie Plec is refusing to write him out of the show completely, stating, "He (McQueen) could show up at weddings, funerals and series finales for sure, but this journey is taking him to another place.
"It's time for him to go out and live his life and we're actually going to say goodbye to Steven R. McQueen as a series regular. He's growing up and moving on."
Plec explains McQueen's exit is also a result of the show's natural progression and eventual ending.
She adds, "We're in the third act of our storytelling of the show. Everything that we're doing is moving towards the end. Over the course of the next few years, we will need to start having the characters make choices about what they want (to do) with their lives and say goodbye to some people. It's all part of moving toward the end, however long that takes."
Polish movie Ida looks set for awards season glory after dominating the European Film Awards (EFA) on Saturday night (13Dec14). The black and white film won the coveted European Film award at the ceremony in Riga, Latvia, and landed four other prizes for its director Pawel Pawlikowski, screenplay, and cinematography while also scooping the People's Choice Award.
The movie was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes earlier this week (begs08Dec14) and has been selected as Poland's entry for Academy Award consideration.
For the past two years, the winner of the European Film Award has gone on to win the Best Foreign Language Film prize at the Oscars.
French actress Marion Cotillard won the European Actress prize for Two Days, One Night while Timothy Spall received the male counterpart for his portrayal of painter J.M.W. Turner in Mr. Turner.
During his acceptance speech, Spall said, "Thank you - it is a real surprise. It's such a surprise, I wore my silly shoes tonight to cheer myself" and added comparing actors' talents are like comparing "different pieces of fruit; it's a matter of taste. But speaking of a sort of old rotting London apple, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
French film director Agnes Varda was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award while 12 Years a Slave moviemaker Steve McQueen was handed the European Achievement in World Cinema prize.
British actor Tom Adams has died, aged 76. Adams passed away on Thursday (11Dec14) following a battle with cancer.
His agent Emma Harvey says, "A true gentleman, his personality was as big and warm as his voice... We'll miss him very much."
Adams is best known for his role as Dai Nimmo in 1963 war classic The Great Escape alongside Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough.
He also starred in three James Bond-style spy movies in the 1960s and enjoyed recurring roles in TV series Doctor Who, The Onedin Line, General Hospital and soap opera Emmerdale Farm, which is now titled Emmerdale.
Adams also had a successful voiceover career and used his voice on many commercials.
Selma director Ava Duvernay made history when the Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced on Thursday (11Dec14) by becoming the first African-American female filmmaker to score a nod. Producer and star Oprah Winfrey invited little-known DuVernay to direct the acclaimed Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic after the film's leading man, David Oyelowo, urged the media mogul to check out her low budget film Middle of Nowhere.
The gamble paid off - Selma has become an Oscars frontrunner and the film landed four nominations when the Golden Globes shortlist was announced, including a Best Director nod for DuVernay.
But she admits she only wanted one - a Best Actor nomination for Oyelowo.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "All I was thinking in my heart, truly, was 'Please, just David, just David...' This man put every ounce of his heart and spirit and mind, every piece of his DNA into this picture."
Only two other African-Americans, both male, have been nominated in the best director category - Spike Lee for Do The Right Thing and Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.
Thrilled Oyelowo tells the publication, "She's the first black woman to be nominated for best director. She's made a little bit of history. It's so wonderful. I'm so proud of her. She's only been doing this for five years, this is her third movie. It's a big moment for her."
Actor Chris Pratt is in talks to join Denzel Washington in the long-awaited remake of The Magnificent Seven. The Guardians of the Galaxy star is in the early stages of negotiations with studio executives at MGM to appear in the Antoine Fuqua action film, a revamped version of John Sturges' 1960 original, which featured Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner among a group of elite gunmen tasked with protecting a small Mexican village from an invasion of bandits, according to Deadline.com.
Washington was tapped to re-team with his Training Day director Fuqua over the summer (14).
The Magnificent Seven film has been on MGM's slate for some time, with Tom Cruise previously set to appear alongside Matt Damon in 2012.
An early draft for the reboot was penned by True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto and has since been reworked by The Blind Side screenwriter John Lee Hancock.
Funnyman Chris Rock is still a little sore he wasn't invited to be part of Seth Rogen's all-star This Is The End movie. The comedian is a big fan of the film and believes it should have been nominated for an Oscar, but he would have liked a role.
Rock tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The last movie that made me jealous was This Is The End... First of all, the movie's genius. That should have been nominated for an Oscar; it was that good.
"(But) the fact that they had about 80 speaking parts and I didn't get called for one of them, it's like, 'OK, I'm jealous... I'm hurt...'
"The movie made me laugh, I love those guys, especially Jonah (Hill)... Jonah might be, like, my favourite comedic actor - it's all fastballs, it's all aggression... There's, like, a part of him that's like a studio exec. It's so cocky... That guy is a genius actor."
And Rock reveals he's determined to land a role in an upcoming Steve McQueen movie after watching his 12 Years a Slave last year (13).
He adds, "I've been all over Steve McQueen. I put a microchip in Steve's pocket and track him like an Uber (taxi) driver. Steve thinks we keep bumping into each other by accident: 'Hey, Steve, my man!'
"I don't care if I have to play a whip, I'm going to be in a Steve McQueen movie."
Filmmaker Steve Mcqueen is developing a big screen adaptation of cult British mini-series Widows. The 12 Years a Slave director will begin pre-production on the project by the end of the year (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He will also serve as the film's writer and producer on the film.
The series aired in the U.K. in 1983 and centred on three widows struggling to come to terms with their husbands' deaths during an armed bank robbery. It also inspired a four-part U.S. TV mini-series featuring Rosie Perez and Brooke Shields.
In addition to the Widows film, McQueen is also teaming up with actor Harry Belafonte to develop a Paul Robeson biopic.
Robert Downey, Jr. is developing a film based on a project late movie icon Steve Mcqueen wrote in the 1960s. A 1,700-page template for a movie titled Yucatan was discovered after McQueen's death in 1980, and the Iron Man star has now hired Pirates of the Caribbean writer Terry Rossio to adapt the treatment for a new film.
McQueen's premise for the project centred on a renegade salvage expert's search for Mayan treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula, according to Deadline.com, and Downey, Jr. is reportedly using his story line as inspiration for the film.
He is also considering starring in the movie and will serve as a producer on the project.
A statement from Downey, Jr. reads, "To imbue a McQueen project with a sense of how he might have made it nowadays is a challenge and a thrill.
"Rossio is more than a great writer, he's the perfect fit to embrace the existential nature of the project with the action, story and characters that drive Yucatan."
Filmmaker Steve Mcqueen is teaming up with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer/actor Paul Robeson. The 12 Years a Slave director has dreamed of honouring the American Civil Rights activist with a big screen tribute for several years, but felt he didn't have the star power to get it made.
He says, "His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after (my debut film) Hunger, but I didn't have the power, I didn't have the juice."
Brit McQueen first learned about Robeson, who performed for unemployed miners in South Wales in the 1920s and and 1930s, at the age of 14 and instantly became interested in his story.
He continues, "It was about this black guy who was in Wales and was singing with these miners. I was about 14 years old, and not knowing who Paul Robeson was, this black American in Wales, it seemed strange. So then, of course, I just found out that this man was an incredible human being."
McQueen has not disclosed who he wants to play Robeson or how Belafonte is involved with the project, but he is thrilled the film is finally in the works.
He adds, "We're very fortunate that we're on a roll together to make this dream a reality. Miracles do happen. With Paul Robeson and Harry Belafonte, things have come full circle."
Robeson passed away in 1976.
Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to the Arts
Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to Visual Arts
Grew up in West London
Won the Turner Prize for his film installation work and exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, England
Directed second feature starring Michael Fassbender, playing a sex addict, in "Shame"; also co-wrote with Abi Morgan
Feature directorial debut with "Hunger," about a Northern Irish prison hunger strike; also co-wrote with Enda Walsh; film starred Michael Fassbender
Named the Official War Artist for Iraq in association with the Imperial War Museum
A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism. A devotee of the <i>nouvelle vague</i> style of the 1960s French New Wave, McQueen started his film career off with a series of experimental shorts exhibited in an unusual fashion, including screening without sound and/or on multiple art gallery walls rather than a conventional screen. Known for his meticulous sense of detail and guarded personality, McQueen maintained that his work was apolitical, though this was disputed, given its implied criticism of how the British government treated Irish Republican Army prisoners and displayed reluctance to suitably honor military personnel killed during the Iraq war. One of the few artists to garner instant acclaim upon transitioning to feature films, McQueen's "Hunger" (2008) and "Shame" (2011) - both starring Michael Fassbender - were heralded for their quiet, refined power and McQueen was cited as one of Britain's most promising and creative directors. This early promise was met in "12 Years a Slave" (2013), a harrowing period drama that won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for McQueen.