PRIDE trailer

The Cannes Film Festival is never short on buzzy works by high-profile directors and A-list stars. But one of the biggest crowdpleasers this year wound up being a film that had mostly flown under the radar until its premiere.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Pride tells centers on an unexpected alliance that develops between LGBT activists and striking miners in 1980s Britain. What makes the story even more touching is that it’s true. Hit the jump to watch the first Pride trailer.

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Christopher Eccleston to Play John Lennon

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While Nowhere Boy, the account of John Lennon‘s teen years, is drawing tepid to good reviews after a recent London festival debut, I’m still seeing voices of dissent and disinterest aimed at the film, which stars Aaron Johnson as the young Lennon. I’m curious to see how the same people will react to Naked Lennon, an upcoming BBC Four production written by Robert Jones that has just cast Christopher Eccleston as Lennon circa ’67-’71.

This is the opposite end of the Beatles’ timespan. While Nowhere Boy tackles the years in which Lennon became a songwriter, Naked Lennon will look at the years “when the Beatle was ending his first marriage to Cynthia as Yoko Ono entered his life, coping with the death of manager Brian Epstein and the group’s own messy and acrimonious disintegration.” Read More »

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