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13 items from 2016


Lesley Manville, James Norton join 'Hampstead'

13 May 2016 1:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jason Watkins and Simon Callow have also joined Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in the Joel Hopkins drama.

Lesley Manville (Another Years), James Norton (Rush), Jason Watkins (The Golden Compass) and Simon Callow (Amadeus) have all signed up for Hampstead.

Inspired by a true story, the plot follows an American widow (Keaton) who becomes involved with an unkempt man (Gleeson) after she sees him attacked by a group of thugs, employed by property developers looking to evict him.

Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) will direct from a screenplay by Robert Festinger (in The Bedroom). Producers are Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae for Ecosse Films.

Executive producers are Leon Clarance, Mark Woolley, Laure Vaysse, Jo Monk, Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder.

Cornerstone Films is handling international sales. Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the production. »

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Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins, Simon Callow Join Diane Keaton And Brendan Gleeson In ‘Hampstead’- Cannes

13 May 2016 12:26 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins, Simon Callow have joined Diane Keaton And Brendan Gleeson in Hampstead with Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) directing from a script by Robert Festinger (In The Bedroom). Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae from London-based banner Ecosse Films are producing. Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder's Cornerstone Films is handling worldwide sales. Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the production. Hampstead will shoot this… »

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Cannes: Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins, Simon Callow Join ‘Hampstead’

13 May 2016 12:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Lesley Manville, who was BAFTA nominated for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” James Norton, who was BAFTA nominated for “Happy Valley,” Jason Watkins, who won a BAFTA for “The Lost Honor of Christopher Jefferies,” and Simon Callow, who picked up BAFTA nominations for “A Room with a View” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” have joined Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in the cast of “Hampstead.”

Principal photography starts on May 22 in Hampstead, North London, and Central London. Inspired by true-life events the film will be directed by Joel Hopkins and produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae from Ecosse Films, with a screenplay by writer Robert Festinger. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales including North America. Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the production.

The story takes place in Hampstead Village, London, which is well-known for its beautiful and the Heath, a piece of quiet countryside in the middle of the metropolis. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: A.O. Scott, Orson Welles, Owen Gleiberman, Humphrey Bogart, and More

5 May 2016 1:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Part of the fun in rounding up recent books about (or connected to) cinema is the sheer diversity of releases. This latest collection features a dive into this history of Hollywood legends, lots more Force Awakens, compelling reads from two fascinating critics, texts highlighting the art of Batman v. Superman and The Little Prince, and more. Plus, if you’ve been coveting Constable Zuvio mentions, you’re finally in luck.

Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies by Owen Gleiberman (Hachette Books)

My favorite book of 2016 thus far has arrived, and it’s Movie Freak by former Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman. For many a nineties teen, EW was something of a pop culture bible, and Gleiberman’s incisive writing was a key reason. In Movie Freak, his unguardedly personal memoir, he talks of films loved (Blue Velvet, Manhunter), friendships dashed (with the likes of Oliver Stone and Pauline Kael), and »

- Christopher Schobert

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Golden Years review – pensioners-turn-crims comedy

28 April 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There are the seeds of something interesting in this cack-handed comedy, but the talent – including Virginia McKenna and Simon Callow – are ill-served

Related: Nick Knowles: 'I can’t go to Cannes because I’m recording a Saturday-night quiz show'

“Banks, bowls … and bingo” is the tagline of the pensioners-turn-crims comedy – and it’s cack-handedness offers an early clue to the botched plot and groaning dialogue to come (the script is courtesy of Diy Sos star Nick Knowles). Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna play Arthur and Martha Good – again, a bad sign, that – whose happy retirement is threatened after his pension pot is suddenly depleted. Erratic slapstick involving a shopping trolley means Arthur inadvertently robs a security guard, then continues his spree after he realises he’s due it all really and he can bail out similarly disenfranchised pals – including Simon Callow as a Welsh am-dram aficionado who gets his »

- Catherine Shoard

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Outlander season 2 episodes 1 & 2 spoiler-free review

11 April 2016 12:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Outlander season 2 premiere is beautifully performed, non-stop emotional turmoil...

The first season of Outlander was largely devoted to Scottish Jacobite intrigue, seen through the eyes of the outlander of the title, Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a nurse from 1946 who finds herself thrown back two hundred years in time, away from husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) and into the arms of new husband and laird-in-hiding Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). After a particularly nasty entanglement with Frank’s ancestor, Black Jack Randall (also played by Menzies), Jamie and Claire flee to France, at which point the first season ended.

Anyone familiar with Diana Gabaldon’s books, particularly Dragonfly In Amber on which this season is based, will be some way prepared for how this second season opens, but perhaps not ready for how well it is done. It’s forty minutes of nearly non-stop emotional turmoil, beautifully performed by »

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Daily | Data, Poetry and a List

9 April 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Following a list of some of the best recent American independent films, Girish Shambu offers notes on the work of Josephine Decker, Gina Telaroli, Khalik Allah, Jenni Olson, Amanda Rose Wilder, Joanna Arnow, Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley, Stephen Cone and Nathan Silver. Also in today's roundup: Jim Hemphill on Joe Dante's The Second Civil War, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild and Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day, an interview with Steven Soderbergh, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on All the President's Men, Simon Callow on Orson Welles and a podcast featuring Dennis Hauck (Too Late), Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs) and Gabriel Mascaro (Neon Bull). » - David Hudson »

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Biographer Simon Callow on Orson Welles: ‘He Was Deeply Insecure’

8 April 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Simon Callow has become the preeminent chronicler of the life and times of Orson Welles.

Over three sprawling biographies, Callow has traced Welles’ rise, fall, and years in the Hollywood wilderness. “Orson Welles: One-Man Band,” Callow’s latest book, follows the multihyphenate from  1948 to 1965. It’s a period of self-exile, one that finds the “Citizen Kane” director scrambling to cobble together money in Europe for films such as “Macbeth” and “Othello” that are daring and intermittently brilliant, but often show signs of their troubled birth and shoe-string budgets. It also recounts the making of two of Welles’ signature films — the pulpy and galvanizing “Touch of Evil” and the revelatory “Chimes at Midnight,” perhaps the most kinetic Shakespeare cinematic adaptation of all time.

Callow, an acclaimed stage and film actor in his own right who has appeared in the likes of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “A Room With a View, »

- Brent Lang

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TV Review: ‘Outlander’ Season 2

5 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Given that “Outlander” is a feast for the senses, why not dwell on a single image from season two?

One day while visiting the gardens of Versailles, Claire Fraser leans over a floral display, wearing one of the most gorgeous 18th century ensembles ever seen on any screen. As she delicately sniffs the arrangement, she wears a wide straw hat bedecked with flowers, and sports a fitted light brown dress artfully decorated with blossoms in complementary colors. Striped poles hold up the bright awning that shields the bonbon-laden table she lingers near, and despite the rich tableau of flora, food and fabrics, nothing clashes. It’s a vision from a Louis Xv haute couture pictorial, color-saturated and sublimely framed.

It’s hard to resist the urge to stop and bask in the kind of sumptuous imagery “Outlander” supplies regularly in its second season, which is an improvement on its strong first go-round. »

- Maureen Ryan

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David Oakes, Simon Callow to star in Russian period drama 'The Portrait'

11 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Oakes and Simon Callow will both feature in Anastasia and Elena Baranoff’s adaptation of The Portrait.

UK actors David Oakes and Simon Callow are among the cast in Anastasia and Elena Baranoff’s $3m adaptation of 19th Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Portrait.

Oakes - whose credits include The Pillars of Earth and The White Queen - will appear as the portrait painter Andrei Chartkov opposite Russian actor Stanislav Ryadinskiyy (Pechorin) as writer Alexei Pravdin in the Baranoffs’ feature debut, which they will be producing through their own company Tempera Movement.

The UK and Russian cast is yet to be finalised, but will also include actress-director Louise Salter and rising star Oliver Dench, great-nephew of veteran actress Judi Dench.

There will also be a Russian-uk mix behind the camera with Kuzma Bodrov composing the score and the UK’s John Lee (the ITV series Victoria) serving as DoP.

Principal photography »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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David Oakes,Simon Callow to star in Russian period drama 'The Portrait'

11 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Oakes and Simon Callow will both feature in Anastasia and Elena Baranoff’s adaptation of The Portrait.

UK actors David Oakes and Simon Callow are among the cast in Anastasia and Elena Baranoff’s $3m adaptation of 19th Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Portrait.

Oakes - whose credits include The Pillars of Earth and The White Queen - will appear as the portrait painter Andrei Chartkov opposite Russian actor Stanislav Ryadinskiyy (Pechorin) as writer Alexei Pravdin in the Baranoffs’ feature debut, which they will be producing through their own company Tempera Movement.

The UK and Russian cast is yet to be finalised, but will also include actress-director Louise Salter and rising star Oliver Dench, great-nephew of veteran actress Judi Dench.

There will also be a Russian-uk mix behind the camera with Kuzma Bodrov composing the score and the UK’s John Lee (the ITV series Victoria) serving as DoP.

Principal photography »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Prince Charles Carries a Tune! The Royal and Camilla Join a Sing-Song at Historic Musical Hall

28 January 2016 10:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A very royal double act took to the stage of a famous old venue on Thursday. Prince Charles, 67, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 68, hit the stage at Wilton's Music Hall in London's East End - to re-open the restored Victorian gem, thought to be the world's oldest grand music hall. Charles, who first visited the magical place in 2006 and is a great supporter of preserving traditional and historic buildings, told guests he was "a sucker for these sorts of projects." The prince, who became patron of the musical hall soon after his first visit, said, "I'm thrilled to have had »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Did Evil Dead Finale Kick Ash? Was Hotel Showdown a Miss? Do Feminists Like The Bachelor? And More TV Qs

8 January 2016 11:12 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Supergirl, NCIS, American Horror Story and The Daily Show!

1 | Did your old-school Evil Dead freak flag fly high and proud (and bloody) on Saturday, as the Ash vs. Evil Dead season finale closely evoked the early films?

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2 | Did any Galavant fans not familiar with Simon Callow spend an amount of time trying to figure out who »

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