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Metrodome, Little Film Company execs launch Truffle Pictures

17 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales and production outfit’s inaugural sales slate to include John JencksThe Hippopotamus.

Elie Mechoulam and Caroline Couret-Delègue have teamed to launch Truffle Pictures, a new London-based film sales and production company.

Mechoulam was the former director of sales and marketing at La-based The Little Film Company, working on releases including Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul and Klaus Härö’s Golden Globe nominated The Fencer.

Couret-Delègue was head of sales and acquisitions at Metrodome International, the sales arm (launched in 2014) of the UK distribution outfit that was placed in administration last month. She was previously head of international sales at Av Pictures.

Truffle Pictures will unveil its inaugural slate at the forthcoming American Film Market (Nov 2-9). That line-up will include John JencksThe Hippopotamus, based on Stephen Fry’s novel, which the company has taken on from Metrodome, and Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s supernatural thriller We Go On.

The company »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Danny Perkins to deliver Pfm keynote

27 September 2016 5:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK CEO of Studiocanal to open 10th edition of industry event.

Danny Perkins, UK CEO of Studiocanal, will deliver this year’s keynote address at the tenth Production Finance Market (Pfm).

Opening the market on October 12, Perkins will offer some 200 producers, financiers and Lff industry delegates insight into his work overseeing the production and distribution of theatrical and home entertainment releases, including Paddington, The Imitation Game, The Hurt Locker and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Taking place as part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival, the Pfm involves two days of intensive ‘speed dating’ sessions for international producers and financiers who are seeking to ink deals, get films made and identify future business partners.

Potential investors at this year’s Pfm include Bac Films, Bankside Films, Embankment Films, Entertainment One, Lionsgate, Mubi, the National Bank of Canada, Pacific Mercantile Bank and Universal Pictures He Content Group, while titles hoping to secure further finance include the The Liar (A-z Films »

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ITV Acquires CBS Sitcom ‘The Great Indoors’ for U.K. Broadcast

21 September 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV has acquired new sitcom “The Great Indoors” from CBS Studios International for broadcast in Britain on its ITV2 channel. The show, which stars Joel McHale and Stephen Fry, premieres Oct. 27 in the U.S. on CBS.

The licensing agreement provides ITV2 the exclusive first-window broadcast and VOD rights to the show for the U.K. McHale plays a renowned adventure reporter whose globe-trotting days come to an end when the founder of the outdoor magazine he works for (Fry) announces its move to web-only and assigns him to supervise an online team of millennials in the digital department. The cast also includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Shaun Brown, Susannah Fielding and Chris Williams.

The Great Indoors is a smart premise with a strong cast, and we think it’ll be a great addition to the wealth of youth-skewing comedy we’re continuing to build on ITV2,” said Rosemary Newell, Head »

- Robert Mitchell

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Dinard festival sets Brexit panel, Claude Lelouch as jury president

20 September 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Competition films include Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and John Carney’s Sing Street.

The programme and jury for this year’s Dinard British Film Festival (Sept 28 – Oct 2) – the annual celebration of British cinema hosted on the French coast – has been revealed.

Presiding over the 2016 jury will be Oscar-winning French writer and director Claude Lelouch (A Man And A Woman), who will be joined by actor James d’Arcy (Master And Commander), actress and scriptwriter Victoria Bedos (La Famille Bélier), actress Julie Ferrier (Heartbreaker), distributor and producer Eric Lagesse (Beijing Bicycle), actor and director Jalil Lespert (Human Resources), actress Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita), producer Colin Vaines (Coriolanus), actor Phil Davis (Notes On A Scandal), and actress Florence Thomassin (Mesrine).

Among the festival’s industry events will be a round table discussion titled Brexit… What next? Following a screening of documentary Versus, The Life And Films Of Ken Loach, proceedings will be led by regular Ken Loach producer »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Sandi Toksvig's Qi: 'I'm not here as a mini-me for Stephen Fry'

19 September 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The panel show has spawned books and apps – and become as significant a cultural export as Doctor Who. But can it survive the departure of its quizmaster of 13 years? Zoe Williams goes on set to find out

“We spend six months researching each show,” says James Harkin. “I think you can tell. I don’t know how you can tell, but you can. It feels like it shouldn’t make a difference, but somehow it does. And I think that’s the difference between Qi and other panel shows that do comedy.”

Harkin is one of “the elves” (or researchers) on Qi, which after 13 years on air is making the probably-scarier-than-anyone-would-admit change from Stephen Fry as presenter to Sandi Toksvig. “But then sometimes,” interjects Andrew Hunter Murray, another elf, “you see something that’s front-page news and think, ‘I’m having that.’”

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- Zoe Williams

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Joel McHale Talks ‘Community,’ Moving to Multi-Camera in ‘Great Indoors’ and Playing Chevy Chase

30 August 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joel McHale is just settling in on “The Great Indoors.” He has taped the second episode of the new CBS multi-camera sitcom and is prepping to film the third, and his dressing room on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City is still sparse. There’s a couch, a chair, a few books.

It’s a little early to make it a home. “The Great Indoors” won’t premiere in its Thursday timeslot, post-“The Big Bang Theory,” until Oct. 27 (two days after the release of his comedic memoir “Thanks For the Money”), and though that’s one of TV’s most coveted slots, there’s no guarantee of success.

McHale, whose cult-favorite series “Community” was on the verge of cancellation for five seasons at NBC (and earned one more season anchoring the ill-fated streaming slate at Yahoo), knows that all too well. But he’s placing his bets on the broad appeal of CBS, the »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury

25 August 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.Scroll down for line-up

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has revealed its line-up, with 90 feature films set to be screened in London September 21 – October 2.

This year’s jury will be comprised of Stephen Fry (V For Vendetta), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and American artist David Datuna.

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the international premiere of Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall, a semi-autobiographical story about the production of the film adaptation of Elliott’s memoirs. Receiving its European premiere will be Japanese director Yoshiyuki Kishi’s A Double Life, about a young woman who is assigned to follow a stranger.

Among the seven UK premieres playing in competition are Indian drama [link=tt »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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DVD Review – The Killings of Tony Blair (2016)

19 August 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Killings of Tony Blair, 2016.

Directed by Sanne van den Bergh and Greg Ward.

Featuring George Galloway, Stephen Fry, Noam Chomsky, Clare Short, Lauren Booth, Ken Livingstone and Will Self.

Synopsis:

George Galloway presents a feature documentary examining the prime-ministerial career of Tony Blair and his business activities since leaving office.

For many people outside of the political classes George Galloway has been something of a perplexing figure. Someone with the ability to lucidly draw attention to the many problems of world politics – he defended himself memorably in front of the Us senate – he is someone with a gift for soundbites and pithy responses.

However, the decision to front this feature documentary himself is a big mistake. Despite having the ability and the credentials to bring necessary discussion post-Chilcot on Blair’s career, Galloway is also someone with the potential to draw attention away from the facts. Many who remember »

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‘The Great Indoors,’ Or Why Great TV Is About Uniting, Not Dividing

11 August 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Given its perception as an older-skewing network, it’s hardly a shock that it would be CBS day at the Television Critics Association press tour which highlighted the disconnect between generations — and just how damaging that might be to the show’s odds, and television in general.

The upcoming Joel McHale sitcom “The Great Indoors” features the former “Community” star as a “Generation X” outdoorsman whose return to civilization puts him in close contact with a group of “Millennials.” Putting these generational labels in quotes is a deliberate choice because of how often the terms get thrown around — not just in the pilot, but in general discussion of the show. The show’s portrait of those born roughly between 1982 to 1995 features a lot of jokes about PC culture and social media, with the under-30 cast largely portrayed as “coddled.”

Perhaps as a result, reaction amongst critics to the TCA “The Great Indoors »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Great Indoors,’ Or Why Great TV Is About Uniting, Not Dividing

11 August 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Given its perception as an older-skewing network, it’s hardly a shock that it would be CBS day at the Television Critics Association press tour which highlighted the disconnect between generations — and just how damaging that might be to the show’s odds, and television in general.

The upcoming Joel McHale sitcom “The Great Indoors” features the former “Community” star as a “Generation X” outdoorsman whose return to civilization puts him in close contact with a group of “Millennials.” Putting these generational labels in quotes is a deliberate choice because of how often the terms get thrown around — not just in the pilot, but in general discussion of the show. The show’s portrait of those born roughly between 1982 to 1995 features a lot of jokes about PC culture and social media, with the under-30 cast largely portrayed as “coddled.”

Perhaps as a result, reaction amongst critics to the TCA “The Great Indoors »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Joel McHale: The Great Indoors Similar to 'How I Felt About Community'

10 August 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Though it doesn’t feature alternate timelines or extensive meta humor, CBS’ upcoming The Great Indoors comedy rang a few Greendale bells for star Joel McHale.

The workplace comedy, which follows McHale’s outdoor-magazine reporter character as he transitions to a job in the publication’s millenial-run digital department, is “a big sandbox,” McHale told an audience Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “That’s how I felt about Community when I first read it.”

RelatedCBS Boss Criticized for White, Male Freshman Class: ‘We Need to Do Better’

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Comes Home October 18

8 August 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, Calif., August 5, 2016 — Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland forever changed the landscape of children’s literature; Disney’s animated “Alice in Wonderland” embraced this fantasy world filled with peculiar characters; and Tim Burton directed a visually-stunning, live-action film that mesmerized audiences worldwide. On Oct. 18, 2016, the enchanting and beloved franchise that has captivated generations of adventurers continues when Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

In Alice Through the Looking Glass, the all-star cast from the 2010 blockbuster is back with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter who’s desperately searching for his family; Anne Hathaway as Mirana, the kind, mild-mannered White Queen; Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth, the short-tempered, big-headed Red Queen; and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the heroine at the heart of the story. Sacha Baron Cohen joins the ensemble as Time, a magical being that is part human, »

- ComicMix Staff

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Alice Through The Looking Glass on Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere October 18th

5 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

   Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” forever changed the landscape of children’s literature; Disney’s animated “Alice in Wonderland” embraced this fantasy world filled with peculiar characters; and Tim Burton directed a visually-stunning, live-action film that mesmerized audiences worldwide. On Oct. 18, 2016, the enchanting and beloved franchise that has captivated generations of adventurers continues when Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass  arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.   In Alice Through The Looking Glass,  the all-star cast from the 2010 blockbuster is back with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter who’s desperately searching for his family; Anne Hathaway as Mirana, the kind, mild-mannered White Queen; Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth, the short-tempered, big-headed Red Queen; and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the heroine at the heart of the story. Sacha Baron Cohen joins the ensemble as Time, a magical being that is part human, »

- Tom Stockman

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Delve into the dark world of competitive endurance tickling with trailer for documentary Tickled

26 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next month, a new poster and trailer have arrived online for David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s documentary Tickled. Narrated by Stephen Fry the film follows Farrier as he delves deep into the world of competitive endurance tickling; take a look below…

After stumbling upon a bizarre competitive endurance tickling video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper.

So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films.

The more he investigates, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Eddie Izzard Comedy ‘Whisky Galore’ Among 13 Market Premieres at London Screenings

19 June 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London Screenings, the U.K.’s only market dedicated to British film, opens Monday with 13 market premieresincluding Jason Connery’s period drama “Tommy’s Honor,” starring Peter Mullan, and Gillies MacKinnon’s comedy-drama “Whisky Galore,” starring Gregor Fisher and Eddie Izzard. More than 60 British sales companies will be pitching their pics to around 120 international buyers at London Screenings, which runs until Thursday at London’s BFI Southbank.

Other market premiere at London Screenings include comedy “The Hippopotamus,” an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel, starring Roger Allam and Matthew Modine, and thriller “The Neighbor,” staring Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Also screening are Cannes titles from leading U.K. sales companies Hanway, Content Media, Metro International, Bankside and Altitude.

London Screenings will also host a “Coming Soon” strand featuring screenings of unseen and work-in-progress titles, giving delegates a sneak peek of new British movies.

The event’s “Breakthrough” strand also returns, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jack Whitehall Returns to Host Britannia Awards

14 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British comedian Jack Whitehall will return to host the Britannia Awards this fall.

Whitehall is a regular panelist on Sky 1 sports show “A League of Their Own” and was featured in “The Bad Education Movie” last year.

“I am thrilled to be back hosting the Britannia Awards again and helping to provide a bridge between the U.K. and Hollywood,” Whitehall said in a statement. “My thanks to Meryl Streep and Harrison Ford for laughing at my jokes last year, and making BAFTA/La believe that I am suited to do this a second time.”

The Britannia Awards will take place Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton. Ang Lee has already been announced as the recipient of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Other honorees will be announced in the coming months, the British Academy of Film and Television Los Angeles said.

Previous hosts of the Britannias have included Craig Ferguson, James Corden and Stephen Fry.

“Jack’s performance as host last year was one of the most memorable aspects of an already spectacular evening,” said BAFTA/La chairman Kieran Breen. “He maintained the celebratory nature of the event, all the while infusing it with his undeniable charm and particular brand of British humor. We have no doubt that Jack will once again make this the biggest and best British night in the Hollywood calendar.”

BAFTA/La also announced the return of Done + Dusted to produce this year’s ceremony for the second consecutive year. “After a wonderful collaboration last year, we are thrilled to be a part of this prestigious evening once again,” said Done + Dusted co-founder Hamish Hamilton. “It is truly a celebration that brings together our company’s country of origin, the U.K., with the excitement of Hollywood, and there is no better setting for us to honor both.”

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- Shalini Dore

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Hey Everyone Who Makes Things Online For Europeans! The Lovie Awards Entry Deadline Is This Friday, June 10

9 June 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The annual Eurovision Song Contest concluded its 61st edition in May 2016 by crowning Ukraine the champion (sorry, PewDiePie) of the 42 participating countries (and getting a lot of views on YouTube along the way). But Europeans with a penchant for competition and newfangled and digital technology shouldn't be disappointed, for as this year's Eurovision concludes another pan-European competition begins.

The Lovie Awards honors the full gamut of the internet across the pond. Enterprising and creative entities that make great websites, online ads, online videos, and/or mobile or social applications have until Friday, June 10, 2016 to enter their wares for a shot at taking home an adorable pixelated trophy that looks like this. Finalists are announced in September 2016, and Winners in October 2016 with a celebration in November 2016 in London.

Entrants will compete not only to win an aforementioned trophy, but also The People’s Lovie Award (for fan favorites) and an opportunity »

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Movie Review – Love & Friendship (2016)

3 June 2016 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Love & Friendship, 2016.

Directed by Whit Stillman.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry.

Synopsis:

Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

Those who dread the prospect of yet another Jane Austen movie frock fest would do well to be pointed in the direction of Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman’s deliciously acerbic Regency romp in which the clothes and decor support the satire, not vice versa. Too often, Austen adaptations are cosseted, corseted and more than a little bland; under Stillman’s typically deadpan direction, the author’s deliciously spiky sense of humour is joyously restored.

Not only is the reputation of »

- Sean Wilson

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Danger Mouse: revamped show renewed for second series

3 June 2016 1:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Cbbc has ordered another pile of Danger Mouse episodes, with Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon set to return...

Cbbc’s Danger Mouse revamp has been renewed for a second series. You’d expect the show’s impressive voice cast – including Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Dave Lamb, Stephen Fry and Lena Headey – to assemble once again.

Alexander Armstrong is definitely coming back, and he had this to say about the renewal:

“I have had enormous fun playing Danger Mouse, whose style, bravery and wit I greatly admire. I am almost unbearably excited about what new magnificent missions and terrifying situations the writing team will come up with for Danger Mouse and Penfold in series two!”

Penfold himself, Mr Kevin Eldon, added this: 

“It’s a funny old world. You get no series of Danger Mouse for 23 years and then two come along at once. All right, there’s been 18 months between them, »

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Two Down review

1 June 2016 8:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Stephen Fry and Derek Jacobi are amongst the backers of the impressive British contract killer movie, Two Down...

Filmmakers seem to have a fixation with hitmen. No doubt this is because the addition of a contract killer creates the opportunity for just the right degree of tension, some violence, and a dash of psychological intrigue. Nevertheless, the formula can still produce idiosyncratic results, as Two Down, from Fizz and Ginger Films, proves. With backing from executive producers Stephen Fry and Derek Jacobi, the husband and wife team have created an absorbing drama with a very British flavour.

Matthew Butler Hart, the film’s director and co-writer, says they wanted to do something which involved three people together in a room, with both light and dark elements. Out of that grew this understated thriller, combining the influence of 1970s spy movies with a dry sense of humour.

The story begins when John, »

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