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Churchill biopic to be directed by Jonathan Teplitzky; adds cast

6 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Stanley Tucci, Miranda Richardson join drama Churchill starring Brian Cox.

Upcoming Winston Churchill biopic Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the British wartime leader, has attached Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) as director.

Churchill will also star Miranda Richardson (Testament Of Youth) as the Prime Minister’s wife while Spotlight actor Stanley Tucci will portray Us General Eisenhower.

Set across the five days before D-Day in 1944, the film charts the tension between the British Pm and the Allied leaders, including Eisenhower and Montgomery, who are poised to launch the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Exhausted by years of war, Churchill is terrified of repeating the disastrous Gallipoli landings of the First World War, but gains strength from his brilliant wife Clementine.

Teplitzky replaces Brian Welsh on the project, which was written by historian Alex von Tunzelmann and is produced by Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of London’s Salon Pictures. Embankment is handling »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Churchill biopic to be directed by Jonathan Teplitzy; adds cast

6 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Stanley Tucci, Miranda Richardson join drama Churchill starring Brian Cox.

Upcoming Winston Churchill biopic Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the British wartime leader, has attached Jonathan Teplitzy (The Railway Man) as director.

Churchill will also star Miranda Richardson (Testament Of Youth) as the Prime Minister’s wife while Spotlight actor Stanley Tucci will portray Us General Eisenhower.

Set across the five days before D-Day in 1944, the film charts the tension between the British Pm and the Allied leaders, including Eisenhower and Montgomery, who are poised to launch the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Exhausted by years of war, Churchill is terrified of repeating the disastrous Gallipoli landings of the First World War, but gains strength from his brilliant wife Clementine.

Teplitzky replaces Brian Welsh on the project, which was written by historian Alex von Tunzelmann and is produced by Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of London’s Salon Pictures. Embankment is handling »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Bradford International Film Festival cancelled

9 February 2016 11:12 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Move by National Media Museum signals concern over regional provision in the UK for the arts.

As a furore brewed in the UK over the decision to move much of the National Media Museum’s photography collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London it was also announced by museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch that the Bradford International Film Festival would not be returning.

The festival, which began in 1995, had slowly carved itself a reputation as a well-regarded event on the national and international circuit. With a number of significant premieres during its history – include a widely publicised UK premiere of Chris MorrisFour Lions in 2010 – the festival also welcomed numerous guests over the years including Kenneth Branagh, Brian Cox, Ken Loach, Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, and Terry Gilliam amongst many others.

The festival was also seen as a key component in helping Bradford being named the very first Unesco City of Film.

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Jason Patric to Star in Wayward Pines Season 2

5 February 2016 7:34 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This summer, Fox's Wayward Pines is back for a second season with a star-studded cast which now includes Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Narc).

Press Release: Jason Patric (“Rush,” “Narc”) has been cast in a leading role in Wayward Pines, the hit psychological thriller event series returning for a second season this summer on Fox. Patric will portray Dr. Theo Yedlin, a confident, driven surgeon whose leadership skills will prove invaluable to the residents of Wayward Pines.

From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit”) and based on the world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books, the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. Theo Yedlin – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself »

- Tamika Jones

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Joseph Fiennes 'shocked' to be cast as Michael Jackson – video

5 February 2016 2:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

British actor Joseph Fiennes says he doesn’t know why he was approached to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming Sky Arts comedy. Defending his decision to play the late American superstar despite the furore over the casting of a white actor in the role of the black singer, Fiennes describes the opportunity as a wonderful challenge. The half-hour comedy imagines Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) taking a road trip together in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

Read: Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in 9/11 road-trip comedy

Opinion: Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson shows race problems before Oscars row

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Dear Hollywood, we're tired of your fat jokes -- fat isn't funny, it's beautiful

4 February 2016 3:14 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood is an industry built on body image. We all know this. But who defines which body images should be praised and which images should be ridiculed?  According to a recent study, which was featured on RunWayRiot, weight is mentioned in more Hollywood scripts than you would think. These statistics from Bulimia.com, whose staff read though 1,223 scripts that spanned the last 90 years of film making. They scanned each script looking for mentions of weight, size, and any characters whose names had to do with their body type. The study discovered that out of 1,223 film scripts studied, "707 contained at least one of the following terms: fat, fatty, chunky, big boned (combined with big-boned), chubby, husky, obese, overweight, plump, portly, and stout."  That puts 707 size mentions out of 1,223 scripts right around %58 -- that's more than half of every script they read. The study also broke down which films mentioned weight the most, »

- Lauren Gallaway

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Stacey Dash on Joseph Fiennes Being Cast as Michael Jackson: 'I Say, Bravo'

3 February 2016 10:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One week after Joseph Fiennes was unexpectedly cast as Michael Jackson, Stacey Dash is weighing in on the casting choice. "I say, 'Bravo!'" Dash wrote on her Patheos blog. "I'm sick and tired of being told, 'Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.' Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood - which looks like a diss to blacks - is actually what we've been saying all along: roles should Not be based on color." The always-controversial actress goes on to compare Fiennes casting to the Broadway play Hamilton, which casts actors of color to portray historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Funds sought for Scottish Moving Image Archive by Jennie Kermode - 2016-02-01 16:26:47

1 February 2016 8:26 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow - soon to be home to the Scottish Moving Image Archive. Photo: Rept0n1x, licensed under Creative Commons

The Scottish Moving Image Archive is getting ready to take a big step this year as it moves from its temporary base on a Hillington industrial estate to Glasgow's Kelvin Hall, where it will be housed in a purpose-built facility complete with a small cinema. In the final stages of fundraising for the move, it has won support from a host of industry celebrities, including Martin Scorsese, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and Bill Paterson.

Martin Scorsese Photo: Georges Biard

The new facility is designed to make the archive, curated by the National Library of Scotland, easier for the public to access, and not just in terms of location. It will have enhanced research facilities and private viewing booths as well as a video wall where visitors can get »

- Jennie Kermode

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Agent Linker

27 January 2016 3:32 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

W Magazine Rooney Mara loves the sex scene from Rust & Bone. Who knew?

Decider Joe Reid reminds you to catch up with the Golden Globe and Critics Choice winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 

Guardian wonders who historically accurate The Big Short is... this is such a predictable part of awards season, yes?

Guardian after a bit of rights shuffling the Little House on the Prairie movie is back on 

Coming Soon Spider-Man (2017) set for IMAX so you can see Tom Holland real big like when he swings and flips and supers around

EW Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet are going to star in a Robert Mapplethorpe biopic. This is not, as far as we can tell, an adaptation of Patti Smith's Just Kids book, that was supposedly going to be adapted. So perhaps there are competing projects? 

Awards Daily on why she thinks The Big Short is going to win Best »

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Joseph Fiennes Talks Michael Jackson Role: 'He Was Closer to My Color'

27 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Everyone on Twitter has an opinion about Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story) playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming British made-for-tv movie — including the actor himself.

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But before we get to his latest comments, here’s a refresher for those going “huh?” right now: A 2011 Vanity Fair article alleged that Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando road-tripped to Ohio — California was their intended destination — shortly after the 9/11 attacks. That story is now being retold in the movie Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon on the UK’s Sky Arts, with Fiennes playing Jackson, »

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Joseph Fiennes has spoken out on the Michael Jackson outrage and you're not going to like it

27 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, Joseph Fiennes became the target of outrage when it was announced that the white actor -- best known for playing William Shakespeare in the 1999 Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love -- would be playing black musical icon Michael Jackson in a new telefilm for the U.K. network Sky Arts. Not a joke! Now, the actor is speaking out in defense of his casting in the film, which would dramatize an alleged post-9/11 roadtrip Jackson took with friends Elizabeth Taylor (to be played by Stockard Channing in the film) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox). "[Jackson] definitely had an issue -- a pigmentation issue -- and that's something I do believe," Fiennes said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "He was probably closer to my color than his original color." Additionally, the actor defended the film by saying it's "a light comedy" that's "not in any way malicious. It's actually endearing. »

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Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in 9/11 road trip comedy Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon

27 January 2016 1:19 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sky Arts has announced that Joseph Fiennes is set to play legendary singer Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a one-off comedy special that details a reported road trip between Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the events of 9/11. He will be joined in the cast by Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.

The project is based on events detailed in Vanity Fair back in 2011, where it was claimed that Jackson had invited Taylor and Brando to two of his concerts at Madison Square Garden, with the trio subsequently finding themselves trapped in New York after 9/11 after all air traffic was grounded. They apparently then set out on a road trip across the country, making it as far as Ohio.

“It’s a tongue-in-cheek, fun, light look at three wonderful characters that we know — Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, and Marlon Brando — and they go on a road trip together, »

- Gary Collinson

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Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson and More Unlikely Real-People Casting Choices—Some That Worked, Some That Didn't

27 January 2016 12:55 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Surely when the news broke that Joseph Fiennes was going to play Michael Jackson, we weren't the only ones to wonder at first which Michael Jackson they were referring to. Because Ralph Fiennes' little brother, the brooding star of Shakespeare in LoveEnemy at the Gates and American Horror Story: Asylum, wouldn't exactly rank near the top of our list of choices when it comes to who'd be most likely to be cast as the late "King of Pop" in any medium. Yet such is the case, alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor in a half-hour one-off comedy for Britain's Sky TV, based on a tale told in a Vanity Fair article about a supposed road trip »

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Joseph Fiennes Responds to Playing Michael Jackson in Road-Trip Comedy

27 January 2016 12:34 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando taking a road trip together sounds kind of like it should be a sleeping-pill commercial, but the possibly real occurrence is the subject of a TV movie for Britain's Sky Arts. While Stockard Channing will play Taylor and Brian Cox will play Brando, it was the choice of Joseph Fiennes as king of pop Michael Jackson that has raised eyebrows. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek, fun, light look at three wonderful characters that we know — Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, and Marlon Brando — and they go on a road trip together,” Fiennes told Et Canada. “Some say it’s an urban legend, and our story basically says, ‘If it happened, maybe it happened like this.’ They’re stuck in a car for 500 miles as they drive to Pennsylvania, and we get to hear some of the shtick that goes on.” Hmmm ... a fun, light look, »

- Emma Barrie

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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy, People Share Outrage on Twitter

27 January 2016 11:09 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story, Camelot) has been cast as Michael Jackson in a British television comedy about the the iconic pop star’s supposed road trip to get back home after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City. Reportedly with Jackson during this road trip were Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, who will be played by Stockard Channing and Brian Cox, respectively. The comedy, which is scheduled to premiere on Sky Arts sometime this year, is titled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon and takes a “light-hearted look at a reportedly true event; Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson. It is

Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy, People Share Outrage on Twitter »

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Joseph Fiennes 'Shocked' to Play Michael Jackson in TV Comedy

27 January 2016 10:18 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Joseph Fiennes, like the entertainment industry at large, is surprised he's been hired to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming, one-off half-hour comedy for Sky TV. "I'm a white, middle-class guy from London," he told Entertainment Tonight. "I'm as shocked as you may be."

The project, Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, is based on an urban legend – originating from a 2011 Vanity Fair story – about Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor embarking on a rental car road trip. The trio, as myth goes, were unable to a make a flight out of New »

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Joseph Fiennes To Play Michael Jackson In Post 9/11 Road Trip TV Comedy 'Marlon, Michael & Elizabeth'

27 January 2016 10:16 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Given the current #OscarsSoWhite climate, the orchestration of the following news could've been timed better —you've likely seen reactions on social media, which range from "Wtf" to straight-up outrage. Indeed, Joseph Fiennes is going to play Michael Jackson. Yeah, this sounds perfectly bonkers. The project, titled "Marlon, Michael & Elizabeth," is a one-off, half-hour comedy for Britain's Sky Arts, finding Brian Cox in the role of Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor. The show will be based on a possibly true story (which Taylor's friends deny) detailed in Vanity Fair that claims that after the 9/11 attacks, the trio left New York City (Jackson had just performed at two 30th Anniversary shows honoring his career at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 7th and Sept. 10) and promptly took a road trip. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows Of 2016 Of course, getting a white British actor to play the dominant African-American. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joseph Fiennes To Play Michael Jackson In Post 9/11 Road Trip TV Comedy 'Marlon, Michael & Elizabeth'

27 January 2016 10:16 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Given the current #OscarsSoWhite climate, the orchestration of the following news could've been timed better —you've likely seen reactions on social media, which range from "Wtf" to straight-up outrage. Indeed, Joseph Fiennes is going to play Michael Jackson. Yeah, this sounds perfectly bonkers. The project, titled "Marlon, Michael & Elizabeth," is a one-off, half-hour comedy for Britain's Sky Arts, finding Brian Cox in the role of Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor. The show will be based on a possibly true story (which Taylor's friends deny) detailed in Vanity Fair that claims that after the 9/11 attacks, the trio left New York City (Jackson had just performed at two 30th Anniversary shows honoring his career at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 7th and Sept. 10) and promptly took a road trip. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows Of 2016 Of course, getting a white British actor to play the dominant African-American. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy

27 January 2016 9:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Here's possibly the oddest movie we'll see in the next couple of years. As yet untitled, the Michael Jackson 9/11 Road Trip Comedy is exactly what it sounds like. And it is a reimagining of a fateful trip that 'presumably' happened. Weirdest part about the announcement of this upcoming comedy is that none other than Joseph Fiennes, known for his roles in American Horror Story, Hercules and Strangerland, is taking on the lead role of Michael Jackson.

Joseph Fiennes confirmed the news himself, speaking with WENN.com. And it sounds like an unlikely choice for the Shakespeare in Love star. The movie tracks a rumored cross-country road trip that The King of Pop took with none other than Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. All three icons piled into a car after the events of 9/11 and drove from New York to Los Angeles, so that Michael Jackson could get away from the terrorists attacks and regroup. »

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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy

27 January 2016 8:50 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Joseph Fiennes, who was BAFTA nominated for “Shakespeare in Love,” is set to play the late singer Michael Jackson in “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” a one-off, half-hour comedy ordered by U.K. pay TV network Sky, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Stockard Channing will play Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox will take the part of Marlon Brando in the show, which re-enacts a road trip the three friends allegedly made following the New York terrorist attacks in September 2001. In an attempt to get home to the West Coast, the trio are said to have driven from New York to Ohio, with frequent stops at fast-food restaurants, at Brando’s insistence. The trip was written about in an article in Vanity Fair. Some of Taylor’s friends claim she did not make the trip.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Fiennes conceded the incongruity of a white actor being asked to play an African American singer. »

- Leo Barraclough

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