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Vertigo Takes Hanway’s ‘Swimming With Men’ for U.K.

Vertigo Releasing is set to bring “Swimming With Men” to the U.K. The distributor has acquired U.K. rights to Oliver Parker’s comedy, starring Rob Brydon, from Hanway Films, the sales company announced Friday.

Brydon stars as an accountant who is trying to win back his wife (Jane Horrocks) and who stumbles upon a surprising solution in the form of a male synchronized-swimming team.

The film co-stars Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays and Charlotte Riley. It is directed by Parker from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta and produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for MetFilm Production and Maggie Monteith for Dignity Film Finance.

The U.K. deal was negotiated between Gabrielle Stewart for Hanway and Ed Caffrey for Vertigo.
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Rob Brydon-starring comedy 'Swimming With Men' gets UK deal (exclusive)

Vertigo Releasing acquires title from HanWay Films.

Oliver Parker’s Rob Brydon-starring comedy Swimming With Men has been picked up for UK distribution by Vertigo Releasing from sales agent HanWay Films.

HanWay’s MD Gabrielle Stewart negotiated the deal with Ed Caffrey on behalf of Vertigo Releasing. The UK release is being set for May-June this year.

In the film, comedian and actor Brydon plays Eric, who believes he can win back his wife Heather (Jane Horrocks) by diving into the world of male synchronised swimming. Joining his local team, Eric finds an unlikely brotherhood in his fellow swimmers as they train for the world championships in Milan.

Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays and Charlotte Riley also star. Oliver Parker directs from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta. Producers are Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch from MetFilm Production with Maggie Monteith from Dignity Film Finance.

Gabrielle Stewart commented:
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This February

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This January will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Thursday, February 1st

The Great Escape*

Based on the true story of an elaborately coordinated attempt to break out of a Nazi Pow camp, John Sturges’s The Great Escape is one of the most rousing adventure films of all time, anchored by Steve McQueen’s rebellious turn as “Cooler King” Captain Virgil Hilts. Featuring a powerful ensemble that includes Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, the film pulses with the humor of the prisoners’ camaraderie and the relentless suspense of their plan. Never released on DVD or Blu-ray, this 1993 Criterion laserdisc edition includes a long-unavailable commentary featuring Sturges,
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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52
Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children’s show “Teletubbies,” died on Jan. 17. He was 52.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram.

“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X,” she wrote.

The British actor took over the role of the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001, after original actor Dave Thompson was fired in 1997. Shelton also played the Dark Knight in the children’s game show “Incredible Games.”

Teletubbies” was an educational television show for young children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens who played each day in Teletubbyland. In its heyday, the program reached one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.

In 1999, conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell spoke out against the show, and Shelton
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Red Dwarf – The Top 5 Special Guest Stars from the Show’s Smegging History

With Red Dwarf Xii starting tonight on Dave at 9pm, Villordsutch takes a look back through the near 30 years of Red Dwarf history, to bring you the Top 5 special guest stars that have appeared in this smegging brilliant show.

5. Jenny Agutter, OBE (Psirens – Series 6, Episode 1)

So many people are smiling back right now.

Star of The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf in London. Jenny Agutter appeared as Kryten’s creator Professor Mamet, though in truth she was a shape-shifting Gelf (Genetically Engineered Life-Form) with a hankering for brains.

Jenny Agutter is to this day, even with her numerous acting achievements under her belt, still seen as a figure of lust. Though it is completely wrong to view any actor in this way, it doesn’t remove the memory of watching this episode – on its original airing – with my dad sat on the settee, suddenly barking,
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: new Radio 4 series confirmed

Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017

Douglas Adams’ cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy will return next year in a new Radio 4 series...

Radio 4 have got a real treat in store for us in the spring: they're in the midst of creating a new series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, featuring the original cast.

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Six instalments of Hexagonal Phase will debut in 2018, adapted from the spin-off book And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer. They'll also include some unpublished bits and bobs from the much-missed Adams, drawn from various notebooks and writings that are currently being kept safe in the St. John’s College library in Cambridge.

Simon Jones will be back as Arthur Dent in the series, with Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian. There'll also be guest stars, including
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Red Dwarf: top 20 episodes

Juliette Harrisson Oct 3, 2017

As series Xii arrives online this week, we count down twenty of the best Red Dwarf episodes from across the show's long history...

Putting together a list of the Top 20 episodes of Red Dwarf presented an unusual challenge. The truth is, there’s barely a bum note in the first 36 episodes (Series I – VI) and then it’s a case of finding the quality episodes among the less successful half hours in the following 31 (Series VII – XI). The most accurate ‘top 20’ would be composed almost entirely of episodes from those first 36. However, for this list, we’ve resisted the urge to simply list most of the first six series and have deliberately ensured that this selection covers a reasonable span of the show, with every series except IX represented somewhere. This way, we can offer a more balanced overview of the whole history of the show, and
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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'

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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'
Exclusive: Oliver Parker is directing the synchronised swimming comedy.

Screen can reveal the first look at Dad’s Army director Oliver Parker’s comedy Swimming With Men, produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch (The Infidel) of Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance (Brotherhood), in association with Amp Film.

Aschlin Ditta wrote the screenplay.

Exec producers include Paul Webster (Atonement) and Guy Heeley (Locke) of Shoebox Films and Al Morrow (Sour Grapes) and Jonny Persey (Little Ashes) of Met Film. Umedia are also on board as co-producers and financiers

The picture depicts (from left) Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Daniel Mays (Rogue One), Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager), Rob Brydon (The Trip) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).

Also starring are Charlotte Riley (Edge Of Tomorrow) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice).

HanWay handles sales on the movie, currently in production, about a man (Brydon) who finds new meaning in his life
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Rob Brydon squeezes into budgie smugglers to start filming on Swimming with Men

Author: Zehra Phelan

Rob Brydon has squeezed into those budgie smugglers he has tucked at the back of his drawers to start filming on the upcoming British comedy Swimming with Men alongside a pretty decent cast which includes Charlotte Riley ad Daniel Mays.

The production which is underway today in pools across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, is said to be a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.

At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.

Eric
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Oliver Parker’s ‘Swimming With Men,’ Starring Rob Brydon, Adds to Cast (Exclusive)

Oliver Parker’s ‘Swimming With Men,’ Starring Rob Brydon, Adds to Cast (Exclusive)
Oliver Parker’s synchronized-swimming comedy “Swimming With Men,” which stars Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), has rounded out its cast, with “Downton Abbey’s” Jim Carter, “Sherlock’s” Rupert Graves and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’s” Jane Horrocks among those boarding the film. HanWay Films is selling the pic.

The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose, and Nathaniel Parker. Principal photography started Tuesday in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The film tells the story of a man suffering a mid-life crisis (Brydon) who finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.

“‘Swimming With Men’ has the DNA of some of our most beloved British comedies, from ‘The Full Monty’ to ‘Calendar Girls,” said HanWay’s managing director Gabrielle Stewart. “If just half of the fun we have seen in practice in the pool these last few weeks translates onto the screen,
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Always in Style – The Forgotten Roles of Michael Caine

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Author: Zehra Phelan

“You’re were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” is and will always be Michael Caine’s most iconic line of all time, uttered in the 1969 British Caper The Italian Job. With a career spanning a hefty 64 years between 1953 and 2017, Caine hits our screens yet again this week starring opposite Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin in Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 heist comedy directed by Zach Braff. It tells the story of a trio of retirees who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled, proving he isn’t quite ready to hang up his acting shoes to start drawing his own pension.

At the tender age of 84 the man previously known as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, now known as Sir Michael Caine after being knighted by the queen in 2000, has starred in a staggering 125 films in his career to date. His
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Win Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie on DVD

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To mark the release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie on 5th December, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as the iconic Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as […]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Title: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Director: Mandie Fletcher Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks, Claudia Bing, Gwendoline Christie and Chris Colfer The witticism of ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ is not up to the standards of British humour. Director Mandie Fletcher opts for a coarse slapstick entertainment, as she condenses in a film the U.K. television show ‘Absolutely Fabulous.’ The comedy’s screenplay was written by Jennifer Saunders, based on her eponymous sitcom, where she plays the character of Edina Monsoon, the owner of a barely successful metropolitan PR company. Her best friend and partner in crime Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) relishes in the high life. Eddy [ Read More ]

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Kaleidoscope boards animation 'Little Princess' for Mip, Afm

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Kaleidoscope boards animation 'Little Princess' for Mip, Afm
Exclusive: Kfd will represent Little Princess & The Legend of Blue Foot for international sales and distribute in the UK.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) has boarded Illuminated Films’ new animated feature, Little Princess & The Legend of Blue Foot.

Kfd will represent the film globally and will release it in the UK market.

The feature, aimed primarily at the 3-7 year-old demographic, is being launched to buyers at Mipcom.

Little Princess & The Legend Of Blue Foot is the feature film spin off from the successful TV series, whose three series have been broadcast globally. Tie-in books have sold an estimated 3.5 million copies.

The series is made through London-based Illuminated Film Company, the animation outfit set up by Iain Harvey in 1993.

The film is currently in pre-production. Voice cast from the TV series, which includes Jane Horrocks as the Little Princess and Colin McFarlane in several roles, are expected to be involved in the movie.

Harvey describes
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Film Review: ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ Too Thin to be Completely Winning

Chicago – As far as TV shows that fans wish could be movies, the cult hit “Absolutely Fabulous” was high on the list. The adventures of Patsy and Edina, two middle age Brits with an appetite for self medication, has had a dedicated following since it premiered in 1992. Even though there were six full TV seasons, and various reunions, “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” has emerged.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Although series creator (and portrayer of Edina) Jennifer Saunders wrote the screenplay, the film suffered with a not-quite-enough storyline that made 90 minutes seem longer. However, there are some magic and bizarrely funny moments in the film, even though the substance-abusing duo are getting a bit long in the tooth to keep the characters viable. But this is “Ab-Fab,” and viability is not really high on the radar, darling. For fans of the show, this is welcome fun, and for those not as familiar, caveat emptor.
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'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' Review: Lush for Life

'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' Review: Lush for Life
Ever since Absolutely Fabulous swanned onto the BBC in 1992, there's been talk of a feature-film adventure — and now, 24 years later, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has left Brexit-land to splash down on our shores. Moviegoers are now in the enviable position of spending decadent quality time with P.R. guru Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her fashionista and champagne-and-coke savant bestie Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley). Diehard fans will find Eddy and Patsy even more AbFab on the big screen. The movie? Not so much. Too many locations, a convoluted plot,
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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Review

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites fashionista-wannabee gal pals Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) from the 1990s hit British TV comedy for more of their hard partying, party-crashing, champagne-swilling inappropriate shenanigans.

First off: if you are not already a fan steeped in the old British TV show Absolutely Fabulous but think Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie might give you a taste of what all the fuss was about, forget it – this film is not for you. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is strictly for fans, and unlike some movie adaptions, it does not give the uninitiated even much thought. It is possible to watch the whole film with nary a chuckle, having the nagging feeling there are plenty of in-jokes there soaring over your head. You would be right.

If you are a committed Ab Fab fan, the movie version may well be hilarious. At the promotional screening, there
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie In St. Louis

Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the river Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

Fox Searchlight Pictures presents in association with BBC Films a DJ Films/Saunders & French production, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, also starring Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Chris Colfer, Kate Moss, Lulu, Emma Bunton, Robert Webb,
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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie review: grab the Bolly, darling

Sends up one-upwomanship, egotistical self-help, and reflexive hedonism with zing. It is a sheer triumph to see two older women being really funny onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): love the TV show

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Did model Kate Moss fall off that balcony at a glitzy London fashion party, into the Thames and presumably drowned, her body lost to the currents of the river? Or was she pushed? Oh, of course she was pushed! But was it an accident, or did legendary PR veteran Edina Monsoon mean to take out the fashion icon?

Sweetie! Darling! Anyone who knows Eddie like we do knows she would never intentionally destroy her goddess, especially not when she was hoping to snag Moss as a new client. And know Eddie well we certainly do, we lovers of the BBC sitcom that
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Second Opinion – Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, 2016.

Directed by Mandie Fletcher.

Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie and June Whitfield.

Synopsis:

Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

Making the move from beloved TV sitcom to the big screen is always going to be a risk. Cinemagoers have seen the dizzy heights of The Inbetweeners and Alan Partridge translate easily but they are exceptions to the rule. Usually you find the characters you love are now unfunny,
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