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    First Sneak Peek at Mike Leigh's New Project

    The first photo released from Mike Leigh's new project features star Timothy Spall standing determined on a wooden ship as painter J.M.W. Turner. The project, about the British Romantic landscape artist who was known as "the painter of light," has yet to receive a title and is still in post-producti...

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    Mike Leigh Will Make His Long-Planned Turner Biopic, Helped By Sony Pictures Classics

    Mike Leigh is finally going to make his passion project, a biopic on painter J.W.W. Turner: "I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships and how he lived. But what fascinates me most is the drama that lies in the tension between this driven eccentric and the epic, timeless world ...

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    Timothy Spall To Reteam With Mike Leigh To Play Painter J.M.W. Turner

    British filmmaker Mike Leigh has, like many directors who make improvisation a key part of their process, developed something of a rep company over the years, actors like Lesley Manville, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Adrian Scarborough, Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis, who've all regularly returned t...

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    Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

    The big talk of the week has been Sight & Sound's once-every-decade greatest films of all time list as determined by critics from around the world. However, the publication also take the temperature from film directors, asking for greatest lists from 358 filmmakers around the world, and collating th...

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    Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

    Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest film...

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    Review: 'Another Year' Is Four Bittersweet Seasons Of Laughter, Love & Tears

    This review originally ran during the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

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    Mike Leigh Eyes Potential Film About 19th Century British Painter J.M.W. Turner

    No one mines the loves, lives, happiness and sorrow of the British working class better than Mike Leigh, and for the past two decades, he's pretty much made the subject the primary focus of his work. This year, he delivered another spiked heart of a film with "Another Year," tracking the relationshi...

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    Watch: New Trailer For Mike Leigh's Superb 'Another Year'

    OK, so this trailer isn't all that different than the UK version that debuted earlier in the year, but you'd think with the festival season now finished and Oscar talk in full swing that Mike Leigh's "Another Year" has hit theaters already. Well, it hasn't, and we hope this is a reminder that's it s...

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    FNC '10 Reviews: 'Another Year' Another Delight From Mike Leigh; Vinterberg's 'Submarino' Sinks

    Following 2008's somewhat broad and farcical "Happy-Go-Lucky," director Mike Leigh returns to his strong suit, with a gentle snapshot of the tides that rock the lives of an ensemble of ordinary folk from spring through winter.

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