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London — European Film Bonds is ramping up its global operation by providing the completion guarantee for a number of major productions, including Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette,” along with other new titles including “Bill,” “Second Origin,” and Julian Jarrold’s “Girls’ Night Out.”
Since recently announcing the appointment of Peter La Terriere in London, and the expansion of the company’s operation into a number of major territories, such as the U.K., Australia and Spain, Efb has boarded several high-profile productions, reflecting the company’s growing impact on the bonding market.
Efb is attached to “Suffragette,” starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson and Meryl Streep for Pathe, the BFI and Film4. It is also behind Julian Jarrold’s “Girls’ Night Out,” currently shooting in Hull and starring Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett and Emily Watson.
Other new titles include Michael Hoffman’s “Best of Me, »
- Leo Barraclough
The King speaks. Often in motion pictures, in point of fact. Colin Firth has been a mainstay in British and Hollywood cinema since his terrific debut opposite Rupert Everett in the boy's school classic Another Country (1984). But it's not all stiff homoerotic upper-class Brit movies (though there's a fair share of that). He seems to have no ego whatsoever working in large ensembles, occasionally headlining, and (we assume) gets along with everyone given how often he returns to the same co-stars and directors (multiple films with Kidman and Everett and Egoyan and more). This year Us audiences are getting not one not two but Six Colin Firth films: Gambit (released a couple of years ago in the UK), Atom Egoyan's Devils Knot, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, and three (!!!) with Nicole Kidman: Paddington (he's the voice of the bear), the thriller Before I Sleep and the »
- NATHANIEL R
After over three years in development and several cast changes along the way, Girl's Night Out, the fictionalised story of of when a teenage Princess Margaret and her sister Elizabeth sneak out of Buckingham Palace to join the mammoth crowds gathered along the Mall and outside the palace to celebrate Ve Day, is finally set to start shooting this month.
27 year old Canadian actress Gadon, seems an unlikely choice to play our future queen, but she has just finished filming on another international co-production The Girl King, the story of Sweden’s 17th century Queen Kristina.
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Gogglebox. One Born Every Minute. Educating Yorkshire. You'd think Channel 4 had enough factual shows on its plate but apparently not, because last night at a fancy shindig at the Serpentine it announced a whole load of new series that could be our new obsessions. But which one is for you? What should you be looking forward to? Digital Spy is here to help - read on for our handy guide to what's coming up...
The new show for... you to chat about at work the next day
Introducing Freshers. We're properly excited about this new series following new university students - not only with cameras, but by actually tracking their phones, Facebook, Instagram and so on (don't worry, they've given permission - this isn't a scandal waiting to happen). In the clip we saw last night, an 18-year-old was moping about a romance-related scandal, while texts flashed up alongside footage of students. »
Channel 4 has announced a raft of new factual documentaries.
Filmed over the autumn term by loaning phones to 12 students, four-part series Freshers is billed as "a ground-breaking observational documentary series", which is to use brand new 'digital rig' technology to enable students to share their digital lives.
Marines will follow the making of a Royal Marine Commando, filmed up close and personal as you've never seen them before.
Gogglebox and 24 Hours in A&E will also return for further series, while new show 24 Hours in Custody will put the spotlight on police detention.
Meanwhile, Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry will front Who Are You?, a new three part series examining portraiture and identity, and one-off documentary Grayson's Greatest Design, »
Love for Sale will look into why people buy and sell sex, and is billed as "a bold and highly personal take on 'the world's oldest profession'".
The two-part series will see Everett talking to and meeting prostitutes, from a young rent boy working the backstreets of Tel Aviv, to a single mother in Exeter who loves her work and a high class Brazilian escort who charges her clients £700 per hour.
The actor will also speak to clients, exploring the motivations of the men who use prostitutes, talking to self-confessed sex addicts and a married man who enjoys sexual role-play with a dominatrix.
Meanwhile, Everett will also speak to comedian Russell Brand who talks about his own experiences.
Everett said: "Prostitutes are the world's unacknowledged experts on our most intimate desires."
Julian Mitchell, writer
In 1979, when Mrs Thatcher stood up in the Commons and announced that the third man in the Burgess and Maclean spy case was Anthony Blunt, lots of people wrote articles and books saying how easy it must have been for these men to go over to Russia. But their reasoning didn't explain it to me. There's a great difference between betraying your country and wanting to change the world.
What wasn't really mentioned was that almost all the men involved were gay – though I'm not sure we said "gay" back then – and had all been to the same kind of public school. I'd been at Winchester myself. Though I hadn't been rebellious, I knew the oppressive way boarding school can work on people, »
- Nancy Groves
Chicago – In November of 2013, the 31st annual Chicago Lgbt International Film Festival, also known as “Reeling31,” provided a week long showcase for gay filmmakers. There were many new voices in the mix, and they were on the Red Carpet on opening night of the Fest.
HollywoodChicago.com was on the scene, which took place at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago. The stars of the opening night feature film. “G.B.F,” were there for interviews and photos, plus filmmakers and actors from the films “Burning Blue,” “The Happy Sad’ and “Truth” – which were shown throughout the week – also walked the fabled Red Carpet.
The “Reeling” Festival is currently sponsoring a free film series in Chicago, the fourth annual “Cinema Q.” The last week of the series will present “De-Lovely” (2004) – starring Kevin Kline as Cole Porter – on March 26th, 6:30pm, at Chicago’s Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
From unsettling Scandinavian vampires to a highly unexpected return to the pop stage, there's plenty to get your teeth into
Opening this week
John Tiffany's glorious and creepy take on the Swedish vampire movie moves to the West End. A truly gripping and disturbing evening.
Apollo Theatre, London (020-7565 5000) from Wednesday to 27 September.
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New dance theatre from the French Compagnie Käfig fuses hip-hop and martial arts in a study of the parallels between dance and boxing.
Milton Keynes theatre (0871 297 5454), Tuesday and Wednesday, then touring.
Stellar debuts in this week's performances of the Tchaikovsky-Petipa classic include Vadim Muntagirov (Tuesday) and Natalia Osipova (Thursday).
Royal Opera House, London (020-7304 4000), until 9 April.
Reinvented for the 21st century, Sally Cookson's show is full of textured emotion and invention. A terrific score gives the ballast it needs, »
Inspired by the two-decade agenting career of Dominique Besnehard at France’s biggest talent house Artmedia, the six-part comedy 10% will shoot this summer for national broadcaster France 2. Besnehard is a former casting director and prolific actor who went on to be arguably the best-known agent in the local business. At one time or another, he represented such talent as Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eva Green, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Vartan, Alain Chabat, Rupert Everett, Eric Cantona, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Ozon and Claire Denis. I’m told the series is currently casting for three principal roles and promises a big-name guest star inserted each week to play themselves. While I’m not convinced this is a series that could travel — it’ll depend on the execution and how inside baseball the comedy is — it could be an interesting look at the cultural differences in the French agency business compared to »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Feature Alex Westthorp 19 Feb 2014 - 07:00
The BBC's contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories has made Sherlock the most popular television drama series in many years. Benedict Cumberbatch has made Sherlock his own, his approach to the role as radical for the current era as the late, great Jeremy Brett's was a generation ago. Martin Freeman has banished our memories of his role as Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's The Office, with his wonderful re-assessment of Dr John Watson. The corporation is making the most of the Conan Doyle franchise. After from two rather lacklustre yuletide cases, firstly with Richard Roxburgh in 2002 then Rupert Everett in 2004; they finally have a hit on their hands. The benchmark hitherto has always been Granada Television »
An exploration of the sexualisation of pre-adolescent girls, St Vincent winds up her tour, and Lars von Trier is back
Opening this week
■ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model
Bryony Kimmings on fine kick-ass form as she explores the sexualised female role models pushed upon pre-adolescent girls and, with the help of her 10-year-old niece, considers whether there might be alternatives. Bristol Old Vic Studio (0117-987 7877), Thursday to Saturday. Then touring.
Everyone is in love with Orlando, a young boy in the court of Queen Elizabeth, including the old queen herself. But when Orlando wakes up one day as a woman, it is the start of an odyssey across countries and centuries. Virginia Woolf's novel is adapted by Sarah Ruhl. Royal Exchange, Manchester (0161-833 9833), Thursday to 22 March.
■ Birmingham Royal Ballet: Three of a Kind
The actor, who appears in the new Ian Fleming biopic, is a big fan of technology but does not think it makes him happier
How has technology changed the life of an actor?
Our work, particularly in film and television, has become more and more last minute, so technology is vital. It has made us much more flexible. I've reduced my paper output massively by reading scripts on iPad. Researching roles, especially historical ones, is a lot easier online. I've just done Lucan on ITV, so spent a lot of time surfing the web, reading up on my character, painter Dominick Elwes. Auditioning over Skype is becoming a lot more common too. My latest job was Rogue, an American cop drama with Thandie Newton, and I had to do a Skype meeting with the showrunner for that.
Are there any apps to help you learn your lines?
Yes, there's one called Line Learner, »
- Michael Hogan
The Voice UK: BBC One, 7pm
This rejuvenated series continues tonight, as new judges Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson battle with will.i.am and Tom Jones over fresh vocal talent. But the real worry is, as ever, how many fit people they'll accidentally not turn around for.
The Bridge: BBC Four, 9pm
The Scandinavian crime drama heats up tonight as Saga (Sofia Helin) and Martin (Kim Bodnia) race to track down a potential bomber, as well as a key witness in their ongoing case. Tonight marks the penultimate double bill before next week's finale.
Splash!: ITV, 6.45pm
The fourth and final heat of the celebrity diving competition. Stars including Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead and The Saturdays singer Una Foden aim to impress the judges - and coach Tom Daley - to secure a place in the semi-finals.
The Kumars: Sky1, 10pm
Now in a new home »
The prostitutes of London's red-light district are being evicted. Here, Rupert Everett argues, with wit and vehemence, that closing down the brothels has nothing to do with protecting women
The other night I watched Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre, a morality musical about the destruction of an innocent man by the combined forces of Her Majesty's Government, her judiciary and her Metropolitan police force. Written by Lord Lloyd Webber, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, it is the best sort of British story, set against a world of stately homes and Soho drinking clubs, of peers, politicians, prostitutes and bent cops – with a few thrilling Jamaicans wielding guns thrown in – all ending up at the Old Bailey, where that deep wave of British hypocrisy (masquerading as fair play and crested by the usual police bullshit) drags Ward out to sea and drowns him. Convicted of being a pimp – he was »
Easy Peasy: Stein Returns to High School Hallways for Sweet Hearted Message Movie
Five years before Mean Girls brought the monstrous high heeled bitch posse back to the forefront of PG-13 blockbuster entertainment, director Darren Stein’s 1999 film Jawbreaker explored the morbid universe of a trio of black hearted murderous maidens in the delightful R tradition of Heathers. In his first feature since then, Stein goes back to the hallways of high school with G.B.F., once again revisiting the formula of the popular female triumvirate, only this time aligning himself with the spirit of John Hughes. Many aspects of high school life may seemingly never change, but Stein’s latest rendering, while extolling a message that seems deliriously obvious to the adult world, cheerfully proposes that even this rigid, socially conditioned environment has had opportunity to grapple with progressive notions of equality.
The three most popular girls in high-school, ‘Shley »
- Nicholas Bell
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