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Matthew Billingsly to Adapt ‘Stringer’ Starring ‘Hundred Foot Journey’s’ Manish Dayal

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew Billingsly, who penned the Black List script “Code Name Veil,” will adapt “Stringer: a Reporter’s Year in the Congo.” “The Hundred Foot Journey” actor Manish Dayal is set to star.

Dayal, Laura Hersh and Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment optioned the project last year and will produce.

The novel follows “Anjan” (to be played by Dayal) who turned down an offer at Goldman Sachs at the age of 22 to travel to the Congo and work as a freelance journalist during the country’s first democratic election in 60 years. “Anjan” uncovers a conspiracy involving the country’s enormous mineral wealth.

Development is being financed by restauranteurs Puneet Chandak and Sonia Batra of Spice Affair in Beverly Hills. UTA Independent Film Group will handle sales.

Dayal first found out about the book while watching a “Daily Show” episode with Anjan as guest and became fascinated about the story, which »

- Justin Kroll

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Downton Abbey: New Movie Talk Following 10 Emmy Nominations for Final Season

15 July 2016 5:16 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Fans of the Downton Abbey TV show on PBS and ITV would love a sequel movie. Creator and writer Julian Fellowes and Ep Gareth Neame are inclined to make one and are constantly asked about it by the entertainment press. Since the drama's sixth and final season has just been nominated for 10 Emmys, the two are back in the hot seat.Fellowes and Neame talk about a follow-up feature to the drama starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGoverny, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, and Maggie Smith.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Studiocanal UK: 10 years in the making

5 July 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Danny Perkins.

In 1999, the year Danny Perkins, Will Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing, they set out their stall as smart, nimble new operators in the UK distribution arena by re-releasing black-and-white British classic The Third Man (a Studiocanal film) opposite the George Lucas juggernaut Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Fast forward to 2016: Studiocanal UK (whose French parent Studiocanal, the subsidiary of pay TV giant Canal Plus, purchased Optimum in 2006) has assumed the mantle of the UK’s largest non-studio producer-distributor.

Off the back of huge successes including Paddington and Legend, it now finds itself entrusted with delivering the key building blocks of corporate owner Vivendi’s content strategy.

“A lot of the core values are still there,” Studiocanal UK CEO Perkins tells Screen of the heady journey from scrappy newcomer to cornerstone »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Studiocanal UK: ten years in the making

5 July 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Dany Perkins.

In 1999, the year Danny Perkins, Will Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing, they set out their stall as smart, nimble new operators in the UK distribution arena by re-releasing black-and-white British classic The Third Man (a Studiocanal film) opposite the George Lucas juggernaut Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Fast forward to 2016: Studiocanal UK (whose French parent Studiocanal, the subsidiary of pay TV giant Canal Plus, purchased Optimum in 2006) has assumed the mantle of the UK’s largest non-studio producer-distributor.

Off the back of huge successes including Paddington and Legend, it now finds itself entrusted with delivering the key building blocks of French owner Vivendi’s content strategy.

“A lot of the core values are still there,” Studiocanal UK CEO Perkins tells Screen of the heady journey from scrappy newcomer to cornerstone »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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StudioCanal planning a third Paddington movie

23 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month it was announced that Paddington 2 will start shooting in October ahead of a scheduled release next year, but StudioCanal is already looking beyond that, with The Tracking Board reporting that plans are already underway for a third movie.

StudioCanal have acquired Paddington and Company, giving them complete ownership of the Paddington Bear brand, and with the first movie giving the distributor their biggest ever hit with a $290 million worldwide gross, it’s hardly surprising that they will be looking to capitalise on the property.

Paddington 2 will once again be directed by Paul King, and while the cast is yet to be announced it is expected that Ben Whishaw will once again lend his voice to Paddington alongside returning stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

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- Gary Collinson

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Angelina Jolie Set For "Orient Express"

10 June 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Angelina Jolie is in early talks to join Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express" for 20th Century Fox.

The story revolves around a murder onboard the famous train of a rather nasty American tycoon. Belgian detective Uercule Poirot must figure out who is responsible before the train, currently stuck in the snow, is freed and allows for the potential suspects to disembark. The answer, which ties back to a famous child abduction case, is more complicated than he could have ever thought.

Branagh not only directs but stars in the film as Poirot, but what role Jolie will play is unclear. The likes of Jessica Chastain, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, John Gielguld, Vanessa Redgrave, Alfred Molina, Michael York, Anthony Perkins, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Hershey, Hugh Bonneville and David Morrissey have starred in the three previous screen versions of the story. »

- Garth Franklin

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5 British TV Shows That Successfully Crossed the Pond

7 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

British shows have never been more popular in the U.S. than they are now. Thanks to the explosion of online streaming sites, Americans can get their fix of British TV in a way that would have been difficult even 10 years ago.

Here are a few British TV shows that really struck a chord with American audiences.

1. 'The Office (UK)' (2001 - 2003)

Before Michael Scott, there was David Brent. Hilarious, cringe-worthy, and frankly brilliant, "The Office" was just two seasons and a Christmas special of some of the best comedy ever made. You can't compare the original to the American remake, simply because both are hilarious -- yet very different -- shows. No one who ever saw Brent's insane Comic Relief day dance will ever forget it. The 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series -- Musical or Comedy was well-deserved, and Brent's portrayal kicked off a stellar career for Ricky Gervais. »

- Ferozan Aziz

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‘Downton Abbey’ Final Season: Behind the Scenes of That Bloody Dinner Table Moment

2 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The threat of endings loomed large over the final season of “Downton Abbey,” and so when Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) interrupts a stately Downton dinner by spewing blood all over the table, fans were immediately worried for his fate. “The idea for having the scene from ‘Alien’ in the show came from Julian Fellowes,” says executive producer Gareth Neame. “He had spoken some time ago with a doctor and saw all this dramatic potential in the fact that (Grantham’s) ulcer could burst rather spectacularly.”

Adding to the challenge of the scene: filming in a real estate populated by priceless antiques. “That van Dyck painting alone is worth, I don’t know what, $25 million?” says executive producer Gareth Neame. “The idea of an actor sitting adjacent to it spitting a lot of fake blood out of his mouth was something that took a lot of care and planning.” Neame breaks »

- Geoff Berkshire

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After seven nominations for playing Don Draper, the eighth time was the charm for Jon Hamm, who finally took home the prize last year for “Mad Men” in its final season. With Hamm now out of the race, the path is cleared for an actor who has never won for his current role. Some of the category’s frontrunners have won previously, some for lead actor, some in other categories, including Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), who won for “Friday Night Lights”; Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl”), a “Boardwalk Empire” winner; Aaron Paul (“The Path”), who won for “Breaking Bad”; and “Billions” pair Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who took home prizes for “Homeland” and “John Adams,” respectively. Actors who have received previous noms for their current characters without a win include Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). The likely newcomer »

- Variety Staff

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5 Characters Found in (Practically) Every Period British TV Show

30 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ok, you can admit it now -- you loved "Downton Abbey" just like the rest of us. The show captured almost everyone's attention for as long as it was on the air and introduced TV devotees to the glory that is British period television. Once viewers found out that the updated versions of these (mostly) historical events were packed with salacious details, torrid affairs, sassy grandmas, and so much more, they were in for the duration.

Now that you're obsessed with British period shows, whether they're loosely based on true events, like "The Tudors," or are works of fiction set in historical times, similar to "Outlander" (sometimes referred to as a British-American show hybrid), get to know the handful of usual suspects that we can't help but notice make their mark in nigh every show.

1. Privileged White Male Who Is Struggling With ... Something

This one is a no-brainer. It's basically »

- Chelsea Perrotty

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Emmy Contenders 2016: Sneak Peek of the Top Races

24 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s that time of year — Emmy season is almost upon us. Before the race for TV’s top trophy takes off in earnest, Variety takes a look at nine key categories and breaks down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the running and which newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.

Drama Series

What’s out: AMC’s “Mad Men” retired after seven seasons and eight series noms.

What’s back: AMC’s “Better Call Saul”; PBS’ “Downton Abbey”; Showtime’s “Homeland”; Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”; and HBO’s reigning champ, “Game of Thrones,” are all eligible again.

Looking to return: CBS’ “The Good Wife,” last nominated in 2011, has one final chance to make its case.

What’s new: Among freshmen contenders, USA’s “Mr. Robot” has a leg up thanks to a Golden Globe victory, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Paddington 2 to start shooting later this year

15 May 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

StudioCanal has announced that production on its upcoming sequel to 2014’s Paddington will go into production in the UK this October.

Paul King is returning to direct the film, and while the cast is yet to be announced it is expected that Ben Whishaw will be back to voice the titular bear alongside Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

The first movie was a huge hit at the box office, pulling in almost $260 million from a budget of $55 million. The sequel is set to hit UK cinemas on November 24th 2017.

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- Gary Collinson

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Paddington 2 starts shooting in October

11 May 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Cannes Film Festival is underway, and we're getting some big announcements from the gathering of some of the biggest names and companies in the film world. According to Variety, Studiocanal took the opportunity to announce that production on Paddington 2, the sequel to 2014's Paddington, will begin in October.

This is good news for fans of film and furry creatures, alike. The first Paddington, an adaptation of Michael Bond's classic children's book series about a bear who is discovered in Paddington Station and adopted by a human family, met with both critical and box office success. The film currently enjoys a 98 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and made $267 million worldwide on a $55 million budget. This represents the highest gross ever for a non-u.S. studio-released family film.

Studiocanal is looking to sell the sequel to international distributors »

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Cannes: ‘Paddington 2’ Sets Production Date

10 May 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Produced by David Heyman, “Paddington 2” will go into production in October in the U.K., Studiocanal confirmed Tuesday at Cannes. Film is also for sale at the Cannes market making it in all likelikhood the biggest-budgeted movie to be sold in the marketplace this year. The original “Paddington” was budgeted at $55 million and grossed nearly $270 million worldwide.

No cast is set but after the smash-hit success of the original “Paddington,”  it is expected that Ben Whishaw (Paddington) along with Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will reprise their roles.

Directed again by Paul King, and co-written by King and Simon Farnaby, “Paddington 2” will be released on Nov. 24 2017 in the U.K. according to Studiocanal’s Rodolphe Buet.

The second installment is distributed by Studiocanal in the U.K., France, Germany and Australia/New Zealand, where it runs its direct distribution operations. The Peruvian bear comedy is fully-financed by Studiocanal, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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"Paddington" Sequel Sets Production Date

10 May 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Studiocanal has confirmed that production on a sequel to "Paddington" is set to kick off in October in the U.K.

Budgeted at $55 million and grossing nearly $270 million worldwide, the first film wasn't just a box-office hit but a surprise smash with critics highly lauding it. The second is said to have a budget on or about equal size.

Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will reprise their roles in the film which will once again be directed by Paul King, and co-written by King and Simon Farnaby. The film is currently targeting a November 24th 2017 release in Blighty.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

9 May 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, »

- Gary Collinson

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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Shakespeare outdoes Game of Thrones in the BBC's Hollow Crown

7 May 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Henry VI plays are condensed into two servings of power battles, sex and witchcraft with fine performances from Hugh Bonneville and Sophie Okonedo

Shakespeare’s early histories used to be written off. Harold Bloom, in his massive book on Shakespeare, devotes a derisory seven pages to the three Henry VI plays and tells us “they do not live now”. But, as RSC revivals of the complete trilogy by Michael Boyd and Terry Hands have proved, they make terrific theatre. I would guess that the first two-hour segment of the BBC version, broadcast on Saturday night, will have also kept viewers riveted to their screens, astonished that Shakespeare could outdo Game of Thrones.

Condensing the trilogy into two sections, as Ben Power and Dominic Cooke have done here – and as Peter Hall and John Barton did in their 1963 Stratford production of The Wars of the Roses – inevitably means some loss. »

- Michael Billington

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Saturday's best TV: The Hollow Crown; Attenborough's Passion Project; Miranda

6 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shakespeare’s history plays get a star-studded adaptation, the naturalist’s most personal films get another airing and there’s a weekend binge of the slapstick-filled sitcom

9pm, BBC2

A second series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays begins with the story of an ineffectual young king (Tom Sturridge) and a nation about to descend into civil war. The famous faces (Hugh Bonneville, Adrian Dunbar, Sally Hawkins and more) can be distracting and this isn’t one of the Bard’s best works, but there’s power enough to carry you along – and Sophie Okonedo is terrific as Margaret of Anjou. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Julia Raeside, Paul Howlett, Phil Harrison

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Watch the trailer for The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III

19 April 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC has released a trailer for the second cycle of its historical drama series The Hollow Crown, subtitled The Wars of the Roses. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III and Henry VI Parts I, II and III, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as King Richard III alongside Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo, Andrew Scott, Michael Gambon, Anton Lesser, Keeley Hawes, Sally Hawkins and Tom Sturridge; take a look below…

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses is set to premiere on May 7th.

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- Amie Cranswick

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