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London — Producer Sally Woodward Gentle, who was previously creative director at “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films, has set up a new independent production company, Sid Gentle Films, which is in development on a number of drama projects.
The company has been set up to produce high-end scripted drama productions, long-running returning series, one-off features and mini-series for U.K. and international broadcasters, as well as developing a selection of independent feature film projects.
Woodward Gentle, who is the founder and CEO of the new production company, is joined by Henrietta Colvin as head of development. Lee Morris joins early next year as managing director.
Projects in development are an adaptation for BBC One by one of Britain’s most successful screenwriting partnerships, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The duo has previously penned five James Bond films from “The World Is Not Enough” to “Skyfall.”
The company is also working with »
- Leo Barraclough
London – TV producer Sally Woodward Gentle, whose resume boasts Whitechapel, the Helena Bonham Carter-starrer Enid and Downton Abbey, has set up her own U.K. indie production banner, Sid Gentle Films. Ron Burkle's global investment group The Yucaipa Companies will provide financial backing for the company. Woodward Gentle's start-up shingle aims to produce high-end scripted drama, returning series, one-off features and mini-series for the U.K. and beyond as well as developing movie projects. She is currently in development on an adaptation for BBC One by screenwriting partnership Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who
- Stuart Kemp
Sally Woodward Gentle was most recently creative director at Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films. Now striking out on her own, the exec has launched production company Sid Gentle Films with financial backing from Ron Burkle‘s global investment firm The Yucaipa Companies. Sid Gentle is eyeing scripted drama, TV movies and miniseries as well as indie features. The company is already in development on a Neal Purvis/Robert Wade-penned project for the BBC, and a supernatural thriller from Ben Court and Caroline Ip, also for the BBC. Former Carnival exec Henrietta Colvin is also joining Sid Gentle Films as head of development. Lee Morris, who’s currently producing Da Vinci’s Demons, will come aboard as managing director in the New Year. Woodward Gentle’s producing credits include Channel 4′s BAFTA award-winning Any Human Heart, ITV drama series Whitechapel and Helena Bonham Carter drama Enid. She is also »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
We’re celebrating 31 Days of Jinkx Monsoon here at Logoland, and that seems justified considering she’s the most talented queen in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The season five champion can sing, act, make jokes, imitate people, and captivate with that naughty, effete voice of hers. As far as I’m concerned, the only complaint you can level at Jinkx is that she seems like a really, genuinely nice person, and maybe some people think that detracts from her “nerve” quotient. We don’t!
Let’s help kick off her month-long celebration with a tribute. Here are seven fabulous facts about the Seattle drag queen born Jerick Hoffer.
1. She is a huge fan of Addams Family Values. (She starts quoting Debbie Jellinsky [Joan Cusack] at 1:38.)
2. She has a crush on Santino Rice.
We learned a lot in our interview with Jinkx. Here’s the naughtiest tidbit.
- Louis Virtel
Call it “lowered expectations” or a “great mistake” or just answer that titular question with a big “it already happened, and just last month” – but yes, Mike Newell, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ralph Fiennes made a movie and none of you bothered to see it. That’s perhaps a bit hyperbolic as some people saw it, but the odds that you, the one reading this right now, didn’t see it are exceedingly high. And no, I’m not getting high and mighty on this one – even I didn’t see the film, and that’s entirely the point here. It was called (or, well, still is called, I guess) Great Expectations, and no one cared to see it when it finally hit the American box office in November. Guess the high schoolers haven’t hit that part of their syllabus yet. Earlier this year, I examined whether or not the modern box office (or, at »
- Kate Erbland
The prize was created in 2002 in honour of Walters' late Harry Potter co-star.
Michael Gambon had earlier won the honour in 2012. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
File this one under: strange. Helena Bonham Carter recently had a radioactive pipe removed from underneath her and partner Tom Burton's home in Sutton Courtenay, England, making for the most peculiar Spider-Man related news of the week. The four-mile long radioactive pipe ran beneath Carter's garden and discharged "diluted chemical and radioactive components from Harwell's Atomic Energy Research Establishment into the Thames" river, according to BBC. The pipe was believed to contain low levels of radioactivity that had built up inside it since the 1940s. "From our previous experience excavating other sections of the pipeline, excavation and removal of the pipe will not release »
“Lucky” is a word that crops up repeatedly in an interview with Paul Greengrass. More than once, the 58-year-old Briton interrupts his own train of thought to express his general gratitude for the way his career has turned out.
“The opportunities I’ve been given, and continue to be given — I’ve always felt very blessed,” he says deliberately, almost bashfully.
Let it be said that 2013 has given Greengrass much reason to feel this way. “Captain Phillips,” his first feature since 2010’s underperforming “Green Zone,” has held fast at the domestic and international box office, drawn admiring reviews and significant awards hopes.
Greengrass’ own trophy haul will begin at the Dec. 8 British Independent Film Awards, where he’ll receive the Variety Award for bringing international attention to U.K. cinema — a fitting honor for a director who has remained fiercely loyal to British collaborators even as Hollywood, beginning with his 2004 franchise takeover “The Bourne Supremacy, »
- Guy Lodge
Walters started out in TV working with comedian Victoria Wood, and broke into film with her BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance in the 1984 hit “Educating Rita,” where she starred alongside Michael Caine. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Walters was once again nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for Stephen Daldry’s “Billy Elliot,” and that same year was cast as Molly Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” a character she continued to play in the franchise for the next 10 years.
Her other film roles included “Calendar Girls” and “Mamma Mia!”
Walters will next be seen in “The Harry Hill Movie, »
- Leo Barraclough
London – Star of stage and screen Julie Walters has been chosen to pick up the Richard Harris award at this year's British Independent Film Awards, supported by Moet and Chandon. The Harris nod, introduced in 2002 in honor of the late Irish actor, is one of the BIFAs' most prestigious awards and is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon last year. Walters started out in TV working with comedian Victoria
- Stuart Kemp
Actress to receive the Richard Harris Award at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards.
The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honour of the late actor and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Walters started out in television working with comedian Victoria Wood and has built a career spanning four decades across both film in TV.
She broke in to film with 1984 international hitEducating Rita,where she starred alongside Sir Michael Caine and won a BAFTA and Golden Globe. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Concept Art by Victor James Martinez Click Here To See More Terminator: Salvation Concept Art In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the machine takeover, resistance leader John Connor must counter Skynet’s plan to terminate mankind. Rallying his underground street fighters for a last, desperate battle, he realizes that to save the future he must rescue his own father Kyle Reese. But the most shocking discovery comes with the arrival of Marcus Wright, a mysterious loner from the past who challenges Connor with an impossible choice and leads them both on a brutal journey into the heart of the enemy. Terminator Salvation (2009) was directed by McG, from a screenplay written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. The cast included: Christian Bale as John Connor, Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright, Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor, Common as Barnes, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Serena »
The writer has discussed the plot of the project for the first time since it was announced at Comic-Con International in July.
"The sequel will be told from the - at first - submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator's life," he told Hustler (via The Cult).
"Because 20th Century Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I'm calling him Cornelius. He's living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bulls**t.
"Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she'd once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and - go figure - Tyler re-emerges to terrorise their lives."
Palahniuk previously said »
Emma Thompson has proven herself to be blunt, if her recent comments about forgiving Helena Bonham Carter for the affair that ended her marriage to Kenneth Branagh are any indication. But the actress took her honesty one hilarious step further recently during a roundtable discussion with other actresses for The Hollywood Reporter.
The group, which included Thompson, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), were discussing working with Meryl Streep, with whom Roberts stars in the upcoming "August: Osage County." Roberts said she learned that Streep had "great balance" as an actress, when Thompson interjected.
"I've snogged her," Thompson said of Streep, to the delight of the rest of the roundtable. "And what I learned was, you have to use tongues even if you're not a lesbian."
Thompson and Streep famously locked lips in the HBO film "Angels in America," where Thompson's angel »
- Katie Roberts
Nikolaeff has signed with The Schiff Company, which represents A-list talent including Keira Knightley, Eminem, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeff Bridges, Dougray Scott and Dylan McDermott. Bodie signed with Genesis Entertainment Partners.
Both are represented in Australia by Aran Michael Management. Michael, who takes talent to the Us several times a year, introduced both actors to the management companies.
Unlike some Aussies who try to break into Hollywood early in their careers, Nikolaeff and Bodie have extensive resumes. This year Nikolaeff co-starred with Rachel Griffiths and Rodger Corser in Camp, the NBC summer series that was shot in northern Nsw, produced by Matchbox Pictures, Universal Studios and Berman-Braun.
Nikolaeff played the love interest of Griffiths' character, who vied with Corser for her affections. The series will air here on Seven during the summer. »
- Don Groves
Emma Thompson stars in the new (and very favorably reviewed) Saving Mr. Banks, in which she plays Mary Poppins‘ protective author P.L. Travers. And thank God, because she nails the damn role. In fact, Thompson is so consistent onscreen and such a legend of cinema that it’s hard to believe we’ve only been watching her for 25 years. Hell, unless you saw Henry V, you were almost certainly introduced to her in the ’90s. For a legend, she’s moved quickly.
And today, I suggest another layer to her legacy: Gay Icon. Here are five reasons the marvelous double Oscar-winner should be sanctified in the name of gay adoration.
1. Every gay man has a favorite Emma Thompson role.
- Louis Virtel
Emma Thompson has been in a revelatory mood of late. A week after talking for the first time about Kenneth Branagh's affair with Helena Bonham-Carter that ended their marriage in 1995, the Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter has opened up about being a victim sexual abuse when she was 8 years old—a trauma she says she suffered at the hands of the magician hired by her parents to perform at her birthday party. "He was an old man with gray hair. And he took me behind a door and said, 'Would you like a sweetie?'" Thompson told The Mirror in London. "I said, 'Oh, yes please,' but I had a funny feeling. He gave me the sweet and said, 'Will you give me a kiss?' and I said »
All the fellas are back in The Best Man Holiday, which, People's critics say, should please the crowds. But the real winner is Bruce Dern in a hidden gem called Nebraska. Here's what to see and what to skip at the movies this weekend. See This The Best Man Holiday The Best Man? Why be so singular? This movie is all about the men, plural, from Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard to Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau. (And let's not dismiss the super-strong female cast, from Sanaa Lathan to Nia Long.) Fans of the 1999 original will be delighted that the »
- Alynda Wheat and Gillian Telling
Emma Thompson forgives Helena Bonham-Carter for the affair that ended her marriage to Kenneth Branagh. Thompson's six-year marriage to Branagh was scuppered when he and Bonham-Carter starred together in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 'Helena and I made our peace years and years ago' says Thompson to the U.K.'s Sunday Times about all the reports surrounding her divorce, admitting the break up is "all blood under the bridge." Thompson’s six-year marriage to Branagh (married in 1989) came to a crashing halt when he met up with Carter. Thompson said the break-up was ‘all blood under the bridge’, adding: ‘You can’t hold on to anything like that. ‘It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace »
- April Neale
Wes Anderson fans don't have to wait until the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel to see new work from the acclaimed director. The filmmaker behind movies like The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom has created a seven-minute short, titled Castello Cavalcanti, for Prada's YouTube channel. Despite its comparatively short runtime, Castello Cavalcanti hits several squares on the Wes Anderson bingo card. Whimsical music? Check. Yellow titles? Naturally. Jason Schwartzman? Of course. The YTMAs host stars as a racecar driver who crashes his car in the titular Italian village. It's a short that, as with any Anderson project, is colorful and light and offbeat. Interestingly enough, it's also almost entirely free of Prada product placement. Anderson is not the first Hollywood big shot to team up with Prada. Last year, the upscale designer enlisted Roman Polanski to direct a short titled A Therapy. It stars Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley and has received 700,000 views. »
- Sam Gutelle
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