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Monday, October 28, 2013

F3PR: Jaguar Cars to Become Title Sponsor of the 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards

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JAGUAR CARS TO BECOME TITLE SPONSOR OF THE
BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND
TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES
'
2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®

Fast growing British luxury brand Jaguar
continues to elevate its presence
in global entertainment industry

BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®
to honor some of the world's
leading entertainment personalities

Jaguar to feature the all new
F-TYPE sports car at Awards Ceremony

MAHWAH, N.J., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jaguar Cars announced today that they will elevate their presence in Hollywood by joining with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) as the official 2013 title sponsor of the BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®. The Jaguar Britannia Awards®, taking place November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, celebrates the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to excellence in the international entertainment industry. Honors are given for excellence in film, directing and comedy, as well as for worldwide contribution to entertainment and for use of the moving image for humanitarian causes.

The 2013 Jaguar Britannia Awards® will be hosted by award winning actor and comedian, Rob Brydon. BAFTA LA will honor Sir Ben Kingsley with the "Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment"; George Clooney with the "Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film"; Kathryn Bigelow with the "John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing"; Idris Elba with the "Britannia Humanitarian Award"; Sacha Baron Cohen with the "Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy"; and Benedict Cumberbatch with the "Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year."

"This partnership with BAFTA LA and Jaguar aims to highlight the increasing appreciation for British innovation in everything from the entertainment and fashion worlds to luxury goods and automobiles," said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President, Jaguar North America. "We look forward to partnering with BAFTA LA to promote British excellence in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic and to celebrate the tremendous talent of the evening's remarkable honorees."

Jaguar will be showcasing its presence at the Jaguar Britannia Awards through several activations taking place throughout the famed Beverly Hilton's grounds. The brand's own star of the night will be the recently launched 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE, a return to the company's heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car and a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years. A series of F-TYPE cars including, in true British fashion, several which are to be Union Jack emblazoned, will be on display. Assuring the evening's honorees arrive in style, sleek Jaguar XJ sedans will chauffeur them to the event.

The awards are presented annually at a gala dinner where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of distinguished honorees. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles' on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. The awards will air on national TV on Sunday, November 10, 2013 on BBC America.

About Jaguar

Jaguar is a premier manufacturer of luxury sedans and sports cars offering unparalleled design with tremendous performance. The company's vision throughout its storied history has been simple: To produce beautiful, fast cars that are desired the world over. Jaguar strives to provide a world class ownership experience to every owner. Today's Jaguar lineup consists of the XJ luxury sedan, XF sports sedan, the XK Coupe and Convertible sports cars and the two-seater F-TYPE. Jaguar designs, engineers and manufactures exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant in the British Midlands. Jaguar is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information visit the official Jaguar website at http://www.jaguarusa.com.

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Information about Jaguar North America products is available to consumers at www.jaguarusa.com

About Jaguar Land Rover

  • The United States is one of the leading global markets for both Jaguar and Land Rover
  • Jaguar Land Rover employs 25 000 people and sells vehicles in 170 countries around the world
  • Jaguar Land Rover has two state of the art engineering and design facilities and three advanced manufacturing plants in the UK
  • In the 2012/13 fiscal year, Jaguar Land Rover has reported revenues of $23.8 billion, up 17% year on year ($20.4 billion last year)
  • Jaguar Land Rover has test facilities across the USA in the following states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.
  • Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA and Canada. Jaguar Land Rover has offices in the following locations: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is represented by more than 330 independently operated retail outlets in the USA
About BAFTA Los Angeles

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media. BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, and provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&As with creative talent, produces seminars with leading UK film and television executives and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries, giving life to the preservation of the UK film industry for future generations.

Maintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA Los Angeles hosts a series of events, including the prestigious Britannia Awards, the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September and the annual Garden Party.

A commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable remit. BAFTA Los Angeles hosts the Student Film Awards and has an active Scholarship Program offering financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the U.S. The Academy created The Inner City Cinema, a screening program providing free screenings of theatrical films to inner city areas not served by theatres. The success of Inner City Cinema has led to further free screening programs extended to multiple inner city parks through the Academy’s work with both the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Teen Summer Camps).

For more information on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

F3PR: BAFTA Los Angeles Announces Honoree Idris Elba at the 2013 Britannia Awards

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BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES®
ANNOUNCES HOST ROB BRYDON
AND HONOREE IDRIS ELBA
AT THE 2013 BAFTA LOS ANGELES BRITANNIA AWARDS
PRESENTED BY BBC AMERICA ON
NOVEMBER 10, 2013

Broadcast to Air on BBC AMERICA
November 10, 2013 9:00pm ET

Los Angeles, October 22, 2013 -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce that award winning actor and comedian Rob Brydon will host the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards presented by BBC AMERICA. In addition, BAFTA LA will honor Golden Globe® Award winning and Emmy nominated actor, Idris Elba, with the BAFTA LA Britannia Humanitarian Award at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the second year in a row, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing in primetime November 10 at 9:00pm ET and on the U.K.’s Sky Movies on November 11, as a two-hour special including footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet.

Brydon is an award winning actor, writer and producer including four BAFTA TV Award nominations, two British Comedy Awards, and a Royal Television Society award. Rob Brydon MBE studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before joining BBC Wales as a radio and television presenter. He first came to the public’s attention in 2000 with television shows “Marion and Geoff” and “Human Remains,” winning British Comedy Awards for both. Since then his extensive credits have included ”I’m Alan Partridge,” “Little Britain,” “Live at the Apollo,” “Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive,” “QI,” “Have I Got News For You,” “Rob Brydon’s Identity Crisis,” “Would I Lie To You?” and BAFTA award winning BBC AMERICA series “Gavin and Stacey” where he played the lead role of Stacey’s Uncle Bryn. In 2009, Rob completed an eighty seven date tour of the UK with his stand up show, Rob Brydon Live, including a run in London’s West End. Rob returned to the stage in the Autumn of 2011 alongside Kenneth Branagh in The Painkiller at The Lyric in Belfast. In the Autumn of 2012, Rob made his West End debut in Alan Ayckbourn’s celebrated A Chorus of Disapproval directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. Rob has recently reteamed with Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom for the theatrical film “The Trip to Italy,” a follow up to the “The Trip,” which Brydon acted in and is scheduled for release in 2014.

“We’re really delighted that Rob will be hosting this year’s Britannia Awards. Rob has brought TV viewers wonderful performances over the years and is probably best known in the US from his roles in the hit comedies ‘Marion and Geoff’ and ‘Gavin & Stacey’. As one of the most diverse and respected comic actors in the UK, we are thrilled Rob will bring his wonderful Brit wit to the evening,” said Rebecca Segal & Deborah Kolar, Co-Chairs Britannia Awards.

The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade, a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts. Idris Elba will receive The BAFTA LA Britannia Humanitarian Award. Idris Elba is a Golden Globe® award winning and Emmy nominated actor, producer, director, humanitarian and an anti-crime ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. Elba constantly showcases his creative versatility both on-screen in television and film as well as behind the camera and continues to captivate audiences and secure his position as a formidable talent, with a string of acclaimed performances in high-profile films as well as multiple critically acclaimed television series. Elba’s charitable work off-set is just as commendable as his acting accolades which includes his devout involvement with the Prince’s Trust, Staying Alive Foundation and supporting causes related to AIDS & HIV, at-risk/disadvantage youths, children, health and education.

Idris Elba has used his success in film and television to turn the spotlight towards a very deserving cause. His work with the Prince’s Trust for disadvantaged youth is highly commendable, and in complete accord with BAFTA Los Angeles’ own work in the inner city,” said Gary Dartnall, Chairman, BAFTA Los Angeles.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award has previously recognized Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle and Colin Firth. Elba is being honored for his work with the UK charity The Prince’s Trust, founded in 1976 by Prince Charles to help disadvantaged youth. The recipient of a grant from The Prince’s Trust himself, Elba was able to attend The National Youth Music Theatre at the age of 16; something he credits with changing his life. Starting his work with the Trust as an anti-crime ambassador, Elba helped launch ‘Prince’s Trust Undiscovered’ campaign, aiming to help young people caught in the recession.

He will join previously announced honorees Benedict Cumberbatch, who will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year; Sacha Baron Cohen, who will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy; George Clooney, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film; Kathryn Bigelow, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing; and Sir Ben Kingsley who will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.

The Britannia Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the year’s distinguished honorees. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

BAFTA Los Angeles

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media. BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, and provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&As with creative talent, produces seminars with leading UK film and television executives and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries, giving life to the preservation of the UK film industry for future generations.

Maintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA Los Angeles hosts a series of events, including the prestigious Britannia Awards, the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September and the annual Garden Party.

A commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable remit. BAFTA Los Angeles hosts the Student Film Awards and has an active Scholarship Program offering financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the U.S. The Academy created The Inner City Cinema, a screening program providing free screenings of theatrical films to inner city areas not served by theatres. The success of Inner City Cinema has led to further free screening programs extended to multiple inner city parks through the Academy’s work with both the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Teen Summer Camps).

For more information on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org.

BBC AMERICA

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including two Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and eleven Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in more than 80.4 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by following us on www.twitter.com/bbcamerica.




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Friday, October 18, 2013

Press Junket Potluck: Chloë Grace Moretz Carries the torch

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Beyond being the tag line for Kimberly Pierce's 2013 take on Stephen King's classic horror novel Carrie--memorably, enduringly first brought to film in 1976 by director Brian DePalma and star Sissy Spacek--"You will know her name" can also fit as a mission statement the last few years for its teenage star, Chloë Grace Moretz. With films such as Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning Hugo and the cult favorite superhero franchise Kick-Ass under her belt the last few, short years, she has not only established herself as one of the leading talents in her age range but is quickly emerging as one of the most recognizable and respected actresses in any demographic. On Friday, October 4, Moretz sat down for a roundtable interview in Beverly Hills to discuss taking on not only an iconic story and character of the titular meek, bullied, telekinetic teen scorned once too many, but perhaps an even more legendary individual scene in the history of movies. (Note: spoilers follow for anyone not familiar with any version of Carrie, whether on film or on the page.)

Did you have any previous familiarity with the previous feature film version of Carrie before taking on the role?

It's a funny story because I saw the first film when I was filming Let Me In with Kodi Smit-McPhee. We watched it together for the first time, and we're both at the time like 12 or something. My mom was like, "I actually don't know if this is the most appropriate movie you should be watching, Chloë," and I'm like, "Yeah, whatever." [laughs] I fell in love with the story. DePalma made such a brilliant movie; he really did adapt King's book very well. I think he was a lot less linear to the book than our movie is, but DePalma really took his own instinct and ran with it and did such a beautiful piece of work.

What do you think distinguishes this version of Carrie from the previous ones?

I think what it was on [Kimberly Peirce's] side was not to copy camera angles, not to copy exact look, not to copy exact blood dump. My big thing was that I'm never going to be doing this. [recreates Sissy Spacek's arms-down stance in the 1976 film] I'm never going to be doing that iconic thing that she did because it's too obvious. I'm going to keep my hands above my waist at all times, although if they are here I'm not going to be doing that symbol, because everyone knows that's the iconic Sissy Spacek, and we both agreed on that. And we wanted to kind of keep the mannerisms away from that so we were able to put our own spin on it because I wanted to be original. What we really did was just have the book there on set every day, and we compared page in the script to page in the book.

How does Carrie's relationship with her overprotective mother Margaret compare with your own relationship with your mother?

Well, my mom doesn't throw me in the closet and doesn't hit me with Bibles. [laughs] My mom is honestly one of the most amazing moms, but I think what she and Margaret have in common is that they love their child very, very, very much. And I think that is what was so cool about [co-star] Julianne's [Moore] take on the character because Julianne brought such a sense of love and endearment to the character. So no matter how hard she's hitting Carrie, she'll always go back into the closet and braid her hair and say, "I love you"--and you can see in Margaret's eyes that she wants nothing but a good and a safe environment for her daughter because she knows what could happen. She knows she's kept her daughter living under a rock, and she knows they're going to laugh at her. But at the end of the day, there's a twist in the fact that she's thinking that if they do laugh at her, at least she'll come back to her and she can be her haven. She kind of wants that but doesn't want that because she always wants to be her God. That's Margaret, and my mom is the type of mom who'll give me enough space to mess up, but she's like, "The minute you do, that's when I'll reel everything back in. But I'm going to give you enough space and enough time to make your own decisions and to form your own ideas and solutions to problems that happen in everyday life."

What was your first reaction to seeing yourself covered in blood in the prom dress?

I actually cracked up. [laughs] The first time we did it, it took two and a half hours to put all the blood on, so I kind of saw Carrie being made in front of my eyes. And we had this bust of my face that was a total cast. On Dark Shadows, I was a werewolf, and we had a cast of my face from movie, and they bought the cast for Carrie, and they had my face lying there all day. So the blood drips, that was a very strategic thing that they had mapped out in pre-production, so it was all a transfer. So I wish it was a bit more shocking since I saw the transfer go on, and I was sticky and tired. But I think that was the moment when I knew I was doing Carrie. That was the real moment I went, "All right, I'm actually doing Carrie. I am Carrie, covered with blood."

Did you have to remember not to touch your face when you were sticky and tired?

Yeah, I actually had a huge problem with that because I would start peeling [the blood] off my skin. They're little transfers, like tattoo transfers that you but on your body with water and everything, all over. So we do a base of that, and then we go over it with these bottles of blood, different colors of blood, and drip them on my body and rub it in with thick smoke and mud. I would like live in [the serial killer TV series] Dexter--clear plastic everywhere with blue tape, really disgusting looking with blood everywhere. [laughs] My trailer was covered in blood. But my car was the funniest because between takes, it was so cold outside, I'd run to my car and try and warm up, but then the blood would get hot, and it would cake onto my skin and get all tacky. And if I put my hand on there and left it for like a minute and pulled it off, it would just rip my skin off because it was so sticky. So I had to stop myself from wanting to just peel it off as it got warm and it covered with a cakeiness that was sticky like maple syrup.

Did you and the crew feel pressure on recreating such an iconic scene?

I think [the crew] was more terrified than I was because at the end of the day I was the actor who had to stand there and get it dumped on me. But I think they did something like 50 or 60 or 70 blood tests with one girl, dropping the blood every day, like five times a day, trying to figure out what height, what air pressure, do they drop it from a real bucket or do they use a compressed thing, what gives you the best splatter, different types of blood. We had to do two takes, first take one night, then a whole other night, to do it, one take [each day]. That's all they had for that entire blood drop. Then they're going, if we don't get this right, we're done, you know what I mean? It was two different [scene] set-ups each night, so if we don't get that first set-up right, we can't do it again, so you're screwed. It was being able for me to just walk on set and be super chill, I'm like, "Cool, whatever happens, happens." You know? "I'm good guys; don't worry about me." They were all so stressed out like, [in frantic tone] "OK, the camera's here, and the camera's here, and then we have this dropping, and then this is your head, and we don't know what we're going to do because it's a four-hour turnaround..." And I'm like, "OK, guys; calm down." [laughs] My only thing is I don't want to see anyone counting like one, two, three; I don't want to hear anything happening. I just want to be completely in the moment, smiling, happy, like I just won prom queen, and just whatever happens, happens. Then for me what was hard was knowing that after the blood hit, you then have to keep going on with the scene. So we didn't just like, blood hits, cut, you're done. It was like, blood hits, then follow it through for about five minutes and do the entire scene--which is really long. It's a really long time period. It was so funny because right after that first blood drop, Ansel [Elgort, who plays Carrie's prom date Tommy] looked at each other, and we started cracking up, and we hugged each other, and everyone was like, "NO!!!" because our blood got all over each other. [laughs] And he just slipped and fell right on the ground, and then I was slipping... it was ridiculous.

Do you think kids of every generation will always relate to the character of Carrie?

I think so. i think everyone's dealt with things that Carrie's dealt with, and you'll always have a heart for Carrie because she at the end of the day is a naive girl. Everyone has those moments where things just go right over their head and you're like, " I know that you're all laughing at me, but I don't know why you're laughing at me. It's an interesting character to play.

How do you most personally relate most to Carrie?

The naivete i think was my main thing. I have been home schooled since i was 9 years old, and in the scheme of what my friends are accustomed to in everyday life and what i'm accustomed to in everyday life, I live in a different way than them. I live in a very sheltered bubble. I'm always with my brother and my mom; I always have my little group around me. I don't interact with a ton of other kids my age all the time, and I kind of live in my little area. But they interact with hundreds of kids every day, and they deal with way more drama and way more hate and way more love than I do, in that sense with people that aren't your family. So what I think I kind of attach with Carrie is that she doesn't know that world of teenagers, and it's the one place that I don't feel comfortable. When I'm with a bunch of teenagers I don't know what I'm doing. [laughs] It is not my safe zone. [laughs] So I think that's where I really was able to connect with Carrie.


Carrie opens in cinemas nationwide today, Friday, October 18, from MGM and Screen Gems.

Buy the Carrie movie poster here.
Buy the Carrie soundtrack here.
Buy Stephen King's Carrie novel here.
Buy Stephen King's Carrie audiobook here.


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