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Diane Keaton’s new film is set in, and named after, the prosperous London district of Hampstead; she co-stars with Brendan Gleeson in a romantic comedy about an American woman who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric itinerant who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Directed by Joel Hopkins and also featuring Simon Callow and James Norton, Hampstead is released on 23 July
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- Sophie Zeldin-O'Neill, James Turner and Jacob Dixon
IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Viceroy’s House,” a film about India’s transition to independence in 1947 directed by “Bend it Like Beckham’s” Gurinder Chadha. The movie is set for an early September release. “Viceroy’s House” stars Hugh Bonneville as British Lord Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as his wife, Edwina, who were sent to New Delhi to oversee India’s move from British rule to independence. The film also features Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puri. Chadha wrote the script along with Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini. The film was produced by Chadha, »
- Matt Pressberg
Pathe International represents international sales on Hugh Bonneville starrer.
Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini co-wrote Viceroy’s House, which takes place at the birth of modern India in 1947 as Lord Mountbatten is dispatched with his wife to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence.
Taking his place in the resplendent titular mansion, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transition. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by religion and culture proves challenging, setting off a struggle that threatens to tear India apart.
IFC Films plans a September release.
“Viceroy’s House »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Icf is planning a release in early September. “Viceroys’ House” premiered in February out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Bonneville portrays Lord Mountbatten and Anderson plays his wife Edwina in a story set in 1947 as Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power from British colonial rule to Indian self-governance. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart.
- Dave McNary
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, the director’s personal perspective on the end of the British Empire in India. The pic, which stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puri, is getting a September theatrical release now. It had bowed at the Berlin Film Festival, and Pathe already released it in the UK in March to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Independence of… »
Mindhorn is one of those movies that only works for viewers who are open to it. As a person who is very open to the sense of humor on display here, I found Mindhorn to be one of the most boldly original movies to grace screens thus far in 2017. And it doesn't hurt that the movie comes from one half of the mastermind team behind The Mighty Boosh.
The premise of this film is very much of its time. First off, you must know that Mindhorn is a comedy. However, the comedy isn't as overt as you might expect or hope. As a result, there are going to be people that simply will not get this film. I liken it to the people that love Seinfeld but just don't get Curb Your Enthusiasm. It is essentially the same with Mindhorn. If you love Seinfeld, this film may not be for you. »
After making The Queen over a decade ago, Stephen Frears is returning to direct another film about high royalty, but this time Queen Victoria. Victoria & Abdul, starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal depicts the friendship between the 19th century Queen and a young clerk hailing from India. Ahead of a fall release, Focus Features have now debuted the first trailer.
As with Frears’ recent films, it looks to be a warm genial dramedy that we’d bet makes its bow at Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its debut. Also starring Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, and Fenella Woolgar, check out the trailer and poster below.
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from »
- Jordan Raup
Up until a few years ago, Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, was the longest reigning monarch. That is until Queen Elizabeth II, her great-great granddaughter surpassed her in September 2015. Elizabeth has been Queen since 1952.
With a reign of 63 years, seven months and two days, Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history.
Focus Features has released the first poster and trailer for the upcoming Victoria & Abdul, from director Stephen Frears (The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents”). The cast features Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar and Michael Gambon.
Many fans of the 1997’s Mrs. Brown wanted more of the story of a bereaved Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her relationship with a Scottish servant, John Brown (Billy Connolly), and the subsequent uproar it provoked. »
- Michelle Hannett
"I am cantankerous, greedy, fat. I am perhaps, disagreeably, attached to power. But I am anything but insane." Focus Features has released the first official trailer for a film titled Victoria and Abdul, telling the story of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria of Britain and an Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Director Stephen Frears partners with Judi Dench again, who stars as Queen Victoria (she also starred in Frears' Philomena a few years back earning an Oscar nomination), with newcomer Ali Fazal playing Abdul. The full cast includes Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, Simon Callow, and Adeel Akhtar. This seems like a good fall film, charming and entertaining, with a few great performances. Dench looks excellent as always, and I'm intrigued to see Fazal's performance. Worth a look. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Stephen Frears' Victoria & Abdul, direct from Focus' YouTube: The extraordinary true »
- Alex Billington
Author: Zehra Phelan
At the youthful age of 82, Dame Judi Dench isn’t retiring for anyone, just a little like her latest role as an ageing Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul for which a joyous trailer and poster have been released.
Dench teams up again with the Philomena director Stephen Frears on a story which is based on the latter years of Queen Victoria who reigned over England for 64 years between 1837 until her death in 1901 and her relationship with a young Indian clerk who she befriends after he is sent to her court. Dench is reprising her role as the cantankerous Queen after she portrayed Queen Victoria back in 1997 in Mrs Brown alongside Billy Connolly from an earlier episode in the royal’s life, so stepping back into her persona should have come quite naturally to the veteran actress.
Clad in Queen Victoria’s black mourning dress that she »
- Zehra Phelan
Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer and poster for Stephen Frears’ upcoming biographical drama Victoria & Abdul. Based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, the film sees Judy Dench in her second portrayal of Queen Victoria following her Oscar-nominated role in 1997’s Mrs Brown alongside Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar; take a look below…
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance »
- Amie Cranswick
“Viceroy’s House” has found a U.S. home. IFC acquired the U.S. rights to the period drama from “Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha at the Cannes market, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The film is currently playing in the UK, but no word on a U.S. release date yet.
Written by Moira Buffini (“Harlots”) and frequent Chadha collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges, “Viceroy’s House” is set during the 1947 Partition — when India’s independence led to the bloody division of its territory. “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville portrays the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Gillian Anderson (“The Fall,” “The X-Files”) plays his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” franchise), Simon Callow (“Outlander”), Manish Dayal (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Huma Qureshi (“Jolly Llb 2”), and Om Puri (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) round out the rest of the cast. The film made its world premiere at the Berlinale in February.
“Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bride & Prejudice,” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” are among Chadha’s directing credits. Next, she will helm the WWII-set “Song for a Spy.” Penned by Farrukh Dhondy (“Exitz”), the film is set in France and Germany and centers on a female Indian spy.
Chadha is also developing projects for TV via her production company, Bend It TV. She has said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse” — no matter the medium. “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective,” she explained. Chadha recently donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.
Cannes Update: Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House” Gets U.S. Distribution was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
"Surely things aren't that bad?" Netflix has debuted an official Us trailer for their upcoming release of the British cop spoof movie titled Mindhorn. This already opened in UK cinemas earlier this month, and first premiered at the London Film Festival last year, which must mean it's actually way better than expected. Mindhorn is about a washed-up actor named Richard Thorncroft, played by comedian Julian Barratt, who played "Mindhorn" on a 1980s detective show. He has a bionic eye that allows him to literally "see the truth", which is why he has the eye patch. Set in the current day, the film is about Mindhorn returning to the Isle of Man to take on the job of working as a real private detective. This also stars Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Simon Farnaby, David Schofield, Nicholas Farrell, Simon Callow, and Steve Coogan. It looks quite entertaining, hopefully the entire »
- Alex Billington
MaryAnn’s quick take… A wonderfully silly sendup of fandom and nostalgia… and an absolutely hilarious smackdown of actorly pomposity and delusions of celebrity grandeur. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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You remember Mindhorn, don’t you? The hit 80s British detective show about the detective with the bionic eye that could “see truth”? And his catchphrase was a low rumble of “It’s truth time”? C’mon! It was like The Six Million Dollar Man meets Magnum Pi… except, of course, it was set on the Isle of Man instead of Hawaii, but they’re almost the same place, right? (Spoiler for my American readers: The Isle of Man is a small rugged place in the middle of the Irish Sea. It’s about as far from a tropical paradise as an island can »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Whodunnit series “Midsomer Murders,” Britain’s biggest drama export, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. How has it maintained its passionate global fan base?
On the first day of filming of the 20th season, lead actor Neil Dudgeon, who plays police detective John Barnaby, sits on the banks of the Thames River pondering the enduring appeal of Bentley Productions’ murder mystery, whose latest season has been sold by All3Media Intl. to more than 170 territories.
One aspect of the show — set in a bucolic English county comprised of picturesque villages — that sets it apart from the crime genre crowd is that it is “quirky and off-center,” he says, and laced with hefty doses of “eccentricity and humor.”
Dudgeon, who is in his seventh season after taking over from original star John Nettles, adds that the view of the English as “genteel, reserved and well-mannered” within the context of the idyllic countryside works as a counterpoint to the »
- Leo Barraclough
"You can't hide the truth from Mindhorn." Get ready for this. An official trailer has debuted for a British cop spoof movie titled Mindhorn, which actually premiered at the London Film Festival last year. Surprising for a spoof comedy, but that must mean this is way better than expected. Mindhorn is about a washed-up actor named Richard Thorncroft, played by comedian Julian Barratt, who played "Mindhorn" on a 1980s detective show. He has a bionic eye that allows him to literally "see the truth", which is why he has the eye patch. Set in the current day, the film is about Mindhorn returning to the Isle of Man to take on the job of working as a real private detective. This also stars Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Simon Farnaby, David Schofield, Nicholas Farrell, Simon Callow, and Steve Coogan. Have fun. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sean Foley's Mindhorn movie, »
- Alex Billington
Entertainment One has released the first trailer for director Joel Hopkins’ upcoming comedy drama Hampstead which stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Simon Callow, Jason Watkins, Lesley Manville, Will Smith, Phil Davis, and Hugh Skinner; watch it below after the official synopsis…
American widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lives beside the picturesque Hampstead Heath. Despite her seemingly idyllic existence, she doesn’t want to admit that she’s drifting through life without much thought to her future, finance or relationships. One day, Emily stumbles upon the reclusive Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson), who has lived quietly in a shack on the Heath for seventeen years. But now his home and lifestyle are under threat from property developers who want to build luxury apartments on the land. When Emily discovers that it’s her friend Fiona (Lesley Manville) who is leading a community initiative in support of the developers, she bravely »
- Amie Cranswick
Here’s the official synopsis:
American widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lives beside the picturesque Hampstead Heath. Despite her seemingly idyllic existence, she doesn’t want to admit that she’s drifting through life without much thought to her future, finance or relationships. One day, Emily stumbles upon the reclusive Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson), who has lived quietly in a shack on the Heath for seventeen years. But now his home and lifestyle are under threat from property developers who want to build luxury apartments on the land. When Emily discovers that it’s her friend Fiona (Lesley Manville) who is leading a community initiative in support of the developers, she bravely steps up to take Donald’s side in the escalating battle, »
- Paul Heath
Author: Jon Lyus
Diane Keaton is one of those actresses whose presence in a film immediately piques the interest. Director Joel Hopkins’ latest film follows up the similar themes of Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson and The Love Punch with Pierce Brosnan and Thompson again. Hampstead has Keaton and Brendan Gleeson as two people who live by the famous London landmark. One in a magnificent townhouse and the other in a shack. The film kicks off when a property developer wants to demolish the shack, and the pair find their differences melt away as they realise they have more in common than they thought.
James Norton, Simon Callow, Jason Watkins, Lesley Manville, Will Smith, Phil Davis and Hugh Skinner are the main supporting cast and the new trailer sets the scene perfectly. There’s the typical postcard London show, »
- Jon Lyus
3 March 2017 3:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The three days of glorious sunshine and blue skies that London enjoys each year have been taken full advantage of in the first trailer for Hampstead, the upcoming romance starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson.
The story sees Keaton play an American widow living near the picturesque Hampstead Heath in the British capital, who one day stumbles upon Gleeson's reclusive, shack-dwelling recluse.
When his home comes under threat from property developers looking to build luxury flats on the land, the two join forces to fight off the threat. James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow also star.
Hampstead is »
- Alex Ritman
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