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Easter TV Movie Guide: Saturday, April 19 - Speed, Taken, Iron Man

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Carry On Cruising - 11.35am, ITV3

This Easter Saturday, be treated to a marathon of Carry On... films from 9.40am to 5.05pm. This charming offering sees the same cast of Sid James, Kenneth Williams and the rest, aboard the SS Happy Wanderer, staffed by a bunch of willing but inept newcomers.

Shrek Forever After - 5.15pm, BBC One

Surely the final instalment in the Shrek franchise, which began with such promise and is now gradually eked out to an adequate conclusion. Shrek (Mike Myers) makes an ill-fated deal with Rumpelstiltskin and is transported to an alternate universe where ogres are enslaved.

Iron Man - 6.40pm, Film 4

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) makes witty jokes and uses his billions to create the superhero Iron Man, then faces off against a hostile colleague in a smash-bang Transformers-esque finale.

Taken - 9pm, Channel 4

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), an ex-cia operative, has exactly »

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Saturday, April 19 - Speed, Taken, Iron Man

7 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Carry On Cruising - 11.35am, ITV3

This Easter Saturday, be treated to a marathon of Carry On... films from 9.40am to 5.05pm. This charming offering sees the same cast of Sid James, Kenneth Williams and the rest, aboard the SS Happy Wanderer, staffed by a bunch of willing but inept newcomers.

Shrek Forever After - 5.15pm, BBC One

Surely the final instalment in the Shrek franchise, which began with such promise and is now gradually eked out to an adequate conclusion. Shrek (Mike Myers) makes an ill-fated deal with Rumpelstiltskin and is transported to an alternate universe where ogres are enslaved.

Iron Man - 6.40pm, Film 4

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) makes witty jokes and uses his billions to create the superhero Iron Man, then faces off against a hostile colleague in a smash-bang Transformers-esque finale.

Taken - 9pm, Channel 4

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), an ex-cia operative, has exactly »

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Going it alone: Tom Hardy's Locke and 8 more incredible solo performances

18 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hardy delivers a mesmerising solo performance in this week's Locke, holding attention for the duration as the only actor on screen. Steven Knight's car-bound thriller is the latest in a long line of films that have zeroed in on one character and offered the lead an opportunity to flex their acting chops.

With Locke in cinemas now, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great performances from stars going it alone.

Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

The Hollywood veteran barely utters a word in Jc Chandor's nautical survival drama, but his performance as a man battling nature and his sinking yacht is still devastatingly effective. The ending leaves a note of ambiguity, but up until that point this has been a clear-eyed drama about doing what needs to be done when things go bad.

James Franco (127 Hours)

Based on Aron Ralston's ordeal trapped beneath a boulder in the canyons of Utah, »

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Babylon begins shooting six-part series for Channel 4

17 April 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Shooting has begun on a six-part series of Babylon for Channel 4 in and around London.

The pilot for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's show aired in February, and the series will return this autumn.

Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Adam Deacon, Jill Halfpenny, Jonny Sweet and Nicola Walker return as staff in a modern metropolitan police force, having to deal with both criminals and the press.

Jon S Baird (Filth) directs the first three episodes of the series and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) heads episodes 4-6.

Jon Brown (Misfits, Fresh Meat) will co-write two episodes of the show. Each episode is 60 minutes long.

Babylon is created and exec produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things), Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and produced by Jones and Derrin Schlesinger (This Is England '86, Four Lions, Southcliffe).

Boyle directed the pilot episode of the show. »

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Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

17 April 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.

Jon S. Baird and Sally El Hosaini [pictured] will direct the upcoming series of Babylon, currently shooting in and around London.

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s six-part series follows the metropolitan police’s director of communications (Brit Marling) as she attempts to drag the force into the new media age.

James Nesbitt, Adam Deacon and Jill Halfpenny are among the cast reprising their roles from the pilot episode which aired in February.

Baird, director of the award-winning Filth, directs the first three episodes, while El Hosaini, winner of Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival for My Brother the Devil, will direct the final three episodes.

BAFTA winner Jon Brown joins the writing team for two episodes of the series.

Babylon is created and executive produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones, Armstrong and Bain, and is produced »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Which Already Adapted Property Deserves A Second Movie Adaptation?

16 April 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a movie adaptation of something you love, only to find that when it finally comes out in theatres, the people who were responsible for making it good have done the complete opposite of that – they’ve botched it entirely. Given the nature of Hollywood, though, once something – a book, a movie, a video game – has been made into a motion picture once, it very rarely is granted the opportunity to become one all over again. Only a lengthy passing of time and a sudden resurgence in popularity will result in a second adaptation.

Which got us thinking about bad movie adaptations that failed to live up to the brilliance of their source material – those unlikely to ever find themselves rendered again as different movies, helmed by different, more capable directors, written by people who might choose to approach the »

- WhatCulture

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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Re-Team With Adam McKay On Sony’s ‘Border Guards’

15 April 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After cranking out two big hit comedies in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, Sony Pictures is back in business with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and John C. Reilly. The studio has closed a deal with Oscar-nominated In The Loop writer Jesse Armstrong to pen Border Guards. It’s a comedy that McKay is eyeing to direct, with Ferrell and Reilly playing two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S. It’s only related to the previous films in that Ferrell and Reilly pair so well together. Ferrell, McKay, and Kevin Messick are producing through Gary Sanchez Productions. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin will oversee for Sony. The scribe, who’s repped by CAA, is a »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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'Gone Girl' trailer: Return to Oscars for Ben Affleck and David Fincher?

14 April 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Will Ben Affleck and David Fincher make a return to the Oscars next year? -Break- They could be contenders again for one of 2014's most anticipated films, "Gone Girl," based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. It opens on October 3, the same time of year that Fincher's "The Social Network" (2010) and Affleck's "Argo" (2012) opened before they went on to win multiple Oscars. Affleck is looking to win a third Oscar -- his first for acting following wins for Best Original Screenplay ("Good Will Hunting," 1997) and Best Picture ("Argo," 2012). However, Fincher is still in search of his first; he earned directing bids for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and "Social Network" (2010), losing the first to Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") and the second to "The King's Speech" helmer Tom Hooper. W »

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Beauty Vs Beast - Choose Life Choices

14 April 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Ja from Mnpp here with a new round of "Beauty Vs. Beast" for us to play... this week's inspiration? It's the 54th birthday of one of my favorite actors, Scotsman slash raving lunatic Robert Carlyle. Alright yes he's (probably) just acting the "raving lunatic" part... over and over again... so well... by all accounts he's a very nice gentleman. Think how sweet he seemed romancing Linus Roache in Priest! That was the first place I ever saw him - it was two years later where he'd cement the scary status he'd carry on to roles in Ravenous and 28 Weeks Later (which I actually prefer to the original) with the one and only terror that was Begbie in Danny Boyle's 1996 phenom Trainspotting.

Did I say "one and only"? Make that twice and doubly - now that Ewan and Danny have finally made up following DiCaprio-Gate (Boyle cast Leo over Ewan in The Beach, »

- JA

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'Of Mice and Men': Dressing James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Depression-Era Denim

11 April 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When Of Mice and Men officially opens at the Longacre Theatre in New York on Wednesday, the star-studded drama will mark the Broadway debuts of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Parrack. Photos: James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Make Their Broadway Debuts in 'Of Mice and Men' But it will also be a Great White Way first for Suttirat Anne Larlarb, the costume designer tasked with dressing those actors for John Steinbeck's stage adaptation of his iconic 1937 novella, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. A frequent collaborator of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire and Trance on the big screen; Frankenstein

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- Ashley Lee

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David Gordon Green Talks ‘Joe’ & Reveals How He Convinced Nicolas Cage To Star In His Dark, Tiny Indie Drama

10 April 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days, a preconception was formed, and much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation. Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, "Joe" centers on a tormented soul (Cage) grappling with the demons »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Will Ferrell to star in Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King tennis drama

4 April 2014 4:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Ferrell has signed up to play Bobby Riggs in upcoming tennis drama Match Maker.

The Anchorman actor will lead the cast of the film centred around the 1973 Battle of the Sexes match between Riggs and Billie Jean King.

Steve Conrad will pen the script of the project, which is adapted from an Espn Magazine feature titled The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes.

The original article claimed that Riggs lost the match on purpose in order to pay gambling debts, but others have denied the allegations.

Ferrell previously attended the premiere of a documentary about the famous match, titled Battle of the Sexes.

Danny Boyle was recently linked with directing the project, but his involvement is yet to be confirmed.

Ferrell will soon star as a rich investment banker who is framed in a money scheme and sent to jail in Ethan Cohen's Get Hard. »

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Will Ferrell set for Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King drama Match Maker

4 April 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The comedy star will play Bobby Riggs, the tennis player who set up a 'battle of the sexes' match with Billie Jean King in 1973

Will Ferrell has signed on to play Bobby Riggs in Match Maker, a drama about the 'battle of the sexes' tennis match in 1973 that Riggs played against Billie Jean King.

It follows the news in February that director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy met with King in New York to discuss the project; Boyle had previously been seen at the premiere of a documentary on the match, entitled Battle of the Sexes. It isn't clear whether Boyle is still in the running, but Beaufoy will not pen the script, which will be taken on by Steve Conrad, writer of last year's Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake as well as The Pursuit of Happyness and a forthcoming John Belushi biopic.

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Ferrell To Play Tennis In "Match Maker"

3 April 2014 8:57 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Will Ferrell is attached to star in 'Walter Mitty' scribe Steve Conrad's "Match Maker" which deals with the legendary battle of the sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Based on Don Van Natta Jr.'s Espn.com article, "The Match Maker" the story follows the high profile rivalry between the two tennis pros and their iconic 1973 tennis match watched by 90 million worldwide.

55-year-old Riggs claimed female tennis was inferior and challenged King to a match. She declined, but women's tennis top player Margaret Court accepted. Riggs beat her 6-2 6-1 thanks to his tricky use of drop shots and lobs, he then went on to taunt all female tennis players.

This prompted King to accept the offer to play Riggs in the nationally televised match. Having learned from Court's loss, King was prepared for Riggs' game and easily beat him 6–4 6–3 6–3. Some have claimed Riggs' loss »

- Garth Franklin

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Will Ferrell To Star In Tennis Drama Match Maker

3 April 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Variety is reporting that Will Ferrell will be taking a bit of a departure from comedy to headline Match Maker, a tennis drama about the 1973 Battles of the Sexes tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. No director has been set just yet but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty scribe Steven Conrad is on board to pen the screenplay (based on the Espn article, “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes”), which will focus on the iconic sporting event that was watched by nearly 50 million Americans. It should also be noted that this project is different than the one that Danny Boyle is working on.

Though entering the world of sports may seem like an odd move for Ferrell, it actually makes sense to see him boarding Match Maker. Not only is he an avid tennis player, but he’s dabbled »

- Matt Joseph

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Will Ferrell to Lead Another Tennis Film on Battle of the Sexes Match

3 April 2014 1:58 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back in February we learned that Danny Boyle was developing a film about the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. And since Hollywood likes movies in pairs every year now, it only makes sense that another film focusing on the same subject is in the works. THR has word that Will Ferrell is currently attached to a comedy called Match Maker that will focus on the tennis rivalry with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steven Conrad writing the script based on the Espn Magazine article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia & The Battle of the Sexes." What's interesting is that the film is described as a comedy. Of course, even Danny Boyle's film would likely have some humor in it since there's plety of fun to be had in the rivalry itself. More than likely this will »

- Ethan Anderton

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Will Ferrell To Star In 'Match Maker' About 1973 "Battle Of The Sexes" Tennis Match Between Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs

3 April 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It looks Danny Boyle has some unlikely competition. In February, reports surfaced that the director was working with screenwriter John Hodge on a film about infamous 1973 "Battles Of The Sexes" tennis match that pitted Billie Jean King against the somewhat sexist braggard, and emerging from retirement, Bobby Riggs. Their showdown made headlines back then, and in the past couple years, with suggestions that Riggs threw the match to pay off debts. Either way it's a helluva tale. And now Will Ferrell is a part of another brewing project about the tennis saga, joining "Match Maker." Steve Conrad ("The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty") will pen the script, based on the Espn article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes,” that will chronicle the match and events around it. But this one is a long way off. It's not clear if Conrad will also direct, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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UK’s Channel 4 Hires Simon Maxwell To Spearhead International Drama Co-Pros

3 April 2014 1:17 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Britain’s Channel 4 is embellishing its strategy with a new purview to invest in international drama co-productions. The net, which already invests in original British drama as well as boundary-pushing factual entertainment, is joining the likes of ITV, the BBC and Sky in its bid to spread its wings. To spearhead the initiative, former Red Arrow Entertainment Head of Drama & Comedy, Simon Maxwell, is joining Channel 4 in the newly created role of Head of International Drama. Maxwell launched the Red Arrow Group’s UK scripted operation and has worked with U.S. broadcasters including NBC and History Channel. Prior to Red Arrow, he was Head of Film & TV at indie Greenroom Entertainment where he ran a slate that included DirecTV crime drama Rogue. He also exec produced feature Killing Bono, for which he co-wrote the screenplay. Channel 4′s move towards international co-pros should see it benefit from »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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U.K.’s Channel 4 Chases Global Partners with New Drama Strategy

3 April 2014 12:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 is to invest millions in international drama co-productions as part of a new strategy unveiled Thursday. The network is looking to back shows that would sit comfortably on U.S cable channels like HBO and Showtime, including “genre pieces with a twist.”

Channel 4 has tapped Simon Maxwell in the newly created role of head of international drama, reporting to head of drama, Piers Wenger. Maxwell will be responsible for commissioning a slate of “high-quality, ambitious drama co-productions that have international appeal.”

The new co-productions will need to satisfy Channel 4′s public service remit, which calls for programming that demonstrates “innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programs,” and exhibits a “distinctive character,” among other requirements.

The increased investment in original drama co-productions will complement the network’s slate of home-grown drama, the budget for which remains unchanged.

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- Leo Barraclough

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’12 Years a Slave’ Backer Channel 4 Pledges Continued Support for Indie Filmmaking

31 March 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London – Speaking to Variety, David Abraham, chief executive of U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, has reaffirmed the network’s support for independent British filmmaking following news that Tessa Ross, controller of film and drama, is to leave in September.

Ross has been a doughty champion of innovative and risk-taking independent filmmaking during her decade-long tenure as head of Channel 4’s filmmaking arm Film4, which has backed such films as Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland.”

This approach to filmmaking, which is in line with Channel 4’s remit to deliver content to the audience that “demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programs,” and that “exhibits a distinctive character,” will continue after Ross’ departure, Abraham says, but her successor will be encouraged to shape Film4’s editorial policy.

“In a creative »

- Leo Barraclough

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