Media

Daisy and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ are among the nominees for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards, which will be held on March 12 at 8 p.m. Make sure to vote here!

Favorite Movie
Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cinderella
Daddy’s Home
Jurassic World
Pitch Perfect 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2

Favorite Movie Actress
Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2
Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2
Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Lily James, Cinderella
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 2

Eagle Huntress, Other Projects

DEADLINE – In the final feather in the cap of a memorable dealmaking Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to The Eagle Huntress, in a mid-seven-figure deal that includes select international territories including Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and Asia. SPC will plot a significant theatrical release for one of the best reviewed docus of 2016 Sundance, and this is just the first step for a film whose themes of female empowerment will allow it to travel far.

I’m told that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley will narrate the documentary, this coming days after she signed on to be executive producer to use her clout to help boost the film. At the same time, several companies are negotiating for the right to turn the story of 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv and her eagle into an animated feature, and Ridley will provide the voice for the young heroine. CAA brokered the deal for the docu, and will make the deal for the animated feature.

This caps a storybook festival finish for the first documentary to premiere in the Sundance Kids section when it debuted January 24 at the Prospector Square Park Theatre. What director Otto Bell captured on screen is unprecedented, and the film will be a buzz title come the next awards season. The deal means that SPC’s Michael Barker and Tom Bernard walked off the mountain with four films, including the Frank Zappa docu Eat That Question, the Wall Street drama Equity, and the John Krasinski-directed The Hollars.

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Eagle Huntress

DEADLINE – You cannot escape the Star Wars phenomenon, even at an indie film fest just getting underway in Park City. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has come aboard to be executive producer of The Eagle Huntress, the first documentary to premiere in the Sundance Kids section, with a Sunday debut at the Prospector Square Park Theatre. Morgan Spurlock, exec producer of the film, divulged this to me and said that Ridley signed on after seeing a cut of the film. She hopes it helps create awareness of what they describe as an epic tale of female empowerment.

Directed by Otto Bell, The Eagle Huntress is the true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who strives to become the first female Eagle Hunter in 2,000 years of male-dominated history. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather, she learns all aspects of this ancient tradition, including taming her very own eaglet and training it for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, which involves competing against male Eagle Hunters from all over the country. She even dreams of hunting in the frozen winters to prove that a girl can do anything a boy can, so long as she’s determined.

Media

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Daisy Ridley is sure to get a rousing introduction from her Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams when she’s honored at the 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards next month.

The British actress, who has Irish ancestry, joins The Late Late Show host James Corden, Penny Dreadful actress Sarah Greene and Northern Ireland rockers Snow Patrol to be saluted Feb. 25 at the awards-season event that takes place at Abrams’ Bad Robot production offices in Santa Monica.

The nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance created the Oscar Wilde bash to recognize the contributions of the Irish (and even some who aren’t Irish) in film and on television.

Abrams, who serves as emcee of the event when he’s not away making movies, shot the final, stunning scene of The Force Awakens on Skellig Michael, the breathtaking island located off the west coast of Ireland. The 23-year-old Ridley, of course, plays the heroine, Rey, in the film.

Ridley is repped by 2009 Oscar Wilde honoree Hylda Queally, the CAA agent who also serves on the advisory board of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance.

Appearances

We updated the gallery with a missing event of Daisy at the CAA Pre-Golden Globes party in West Hollywood, California on January 8, 2016. Enjoy!

GALLERY LINKS
Public Appearances > 2015 > CAA Pre-Golden Globes Party
Movies, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

STAR WARS – Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.

The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1.886.7 billion.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.

Media

The National Film Academy has today announced the nominations for the 2nd annual National Film Awards 2016. It will take place in London, on the 31st of March 2016.

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (Macbeth)
Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Natalia Tena (Residue)
Freema Agyeman (North v South)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)
Louise Brealey (Containment)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars- The Force Awakens)

Best Breakthrough Performance
John Boyega (Star Wars – The Fore Awakens)
Domhnall Gleeson (Ex-Machina)
Colin Firth ( Kingsman- The Secret Service)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)
Michael Fassbender (Slow West)
Ricci Harnett (Rise of the Footsoldier II)
Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars- The Force Awakens)
Jim Sturgess (Kidnapping Mr. Hieneken)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

Magazine Scans

Thanks to Claudia, we added two scans from the January 8 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Make sure to check the latest additions to the magazine scans in our gallery!

Interviews, Videos

Scrawl, Short Film, Videos

Here is a preview of the ‘Scrawl’ documentary. The full version is set to be included on the official DVD release of the film as a bonus feature in 2016.