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'Speech & Debate': Film Review

10 April 2017 8:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What seemed charmingly provocative onstage falls thuddingly flat in the film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s 2007 acclaimed off-Broadway play Speech & Debate. The playwright, who’s since gone on to win a Tony Award for The Humans, has here adapted his own work for the screen. But his cinematic inexperience, and the tonally awkward direction by Dan Harris (Imaginary Heroes), reduces the work to the level of a risqué Afterschool Special. The film’s stage origins, and a cameo appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, may be of interest to theater buffs, but everyone else will be left wondering what all the fuss was »

- Frank Scheck

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Fulwell 73 to Produce Boxing Biopic ‘Benn v Eubank’

4 April 2017 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The legendary rivalry between controversial former British World Boxing champions Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn is set to live again in a new biopic about the pair, being produced by Fulwell 73.

Fulwell 73 announced Tuesday that it was set for “imminent production” on the new boxing biopic “Benn v Eubank,” which will chart the individual journeys of the two fierce rivals, who dominated British boxing in the late 1980s and early ’90s, their hatred of one another and the two matches (in 1990 and 1993) that came to define their careers.

“Benn and Eubank’s rivalry was palpable and defined an era,” says director Kieron Hawkes. “I watched the whole thing playout when I was a kid, and to now be involved in bringing it to life through cinema is completely thrilling. This film will be modern British cinema at its best: dangerous, relevant and necessary.”

As well as producing “The Late Late Show with James Corden »

- Robert Mitchell

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Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank movie heads to production

4 April 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Fulwell 73 (The Class of 92) and Lorton (Maradona) team on boxing biopic.

The Class Of 92 and I Am Bolt production outfit Fulwell 73 is in pre-production on feature biopic Benn v Eubank, about the rivalry between celebrated UK boxers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.

The drama will chart the former world champion fighter’s journeys and maverick personalities and the intense rivalry that culminated in two anticipated fights in the early 1990s.

Benn v Eubank will be directed and co-written by Kieron Hawkes (Piggy), whose recent high-end TV credits include J K Rowling crime-drama Cormoran Strike for BBC, Ripper Street and Fortitude.

The film will be co-written by sports writer Daniel Harris and produced by Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman. It will be financed in conjunction with Julian Bird at Lorton Entertainment, whose credits include Oasis documentary Supersonic and Asif Kapadia’s upcoming documentary Maradona.

The production is aiming to shoot later this year »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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