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China’s Oriental DreamWorks Looks Set to Restructure (Exclusive)

China’s Oriental DreamWorks Looks Set to Restructure (Exclusive)
Oriental DreamWorks, the production joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners, may be restructured, according to well-placed sources in China.

The sources say that Comcast is in talks with Oriental DreamWorks’ Chinese backers, including China Media Capital and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd., about possibly giving up Dwa’s 45% stake in the venture. If that happens, it would mark the end of one of the highest-profile linkups between Hollywood and China.

The potential restructuring comes as Oriental DreamWorks struggles to maintain a foothold in the competitive animated-feature marketplace. Its last outing, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” failed to perform as well as expected at the box office, and its only film currently slated for release, the Himalayan tale “Everest,” is not due out until September 2019. Last week, the company laid off some 40 animators at its Shanghai base.

At the same time, Glendale-based Dwa has been re-evaluating the projects in its own pipeline,
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How to Train Your Dragon 3 Delayed, Gets New 2019 Release Date

For those waiting for the next animated adventure of Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 3, you'll have to wait nearly one year longer. DreamWorks Animation revealed today that it has pushed the animated sequel from May 18, 2018 to March 1, 2019, where it currently has that particular weekend all to itself. It will, however, debut just one week before Marvel's long-awaited Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, and two weeks after an untitled Universal monsters reboot project. Take a look at the new plot synopsis for How to Train Your Dragon 3 below.

"As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind."

Back in October 2014, director Dean DeBlois revealed that
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Bonnie Arnold interview: Dragon 2, Dances With Wolves, DreamWorks

Producer Bonnie Arnold on the challenges of the How To Train Your Dragon movies, and looking back at Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves.

Interview

Bonnie Arnold has had some career. As the latest film she's produced, How To Train Your Dragon 2, arrives in UK cinemas, she chatted to us about the movie, about the big problems making the first, and her earlier days helping to bring Dances With Wolves to light. And she didn't touch a drop of her tea while telling us all of this...

Digging into your background, from what I can tell you started as a writer? Can you fill in some of the blanks there?

Well, it wasn't really a writer as such. I studied journalism, but I actually started in publicity. I did unit publicity writing, so that's how I started really. Really it was in film, film production stuff. But I was writing press releases,
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TV highlights 06/03/2014

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Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship | Holiday Hit Squad | The Hoarder Next Door | It Takes A Thief To Catch A Thief | 37 Days | Coronation Street – A Moving Story | The Smoke | Anna Nicole

Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship

6pm, Sky Sports 4

Opening day's coverage from Doral, Florida of the elite event featuring top ranking players from the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA and European tours. PGA world number one Tiger Woods was victorious here last year, and will be looking to continue an impressive run of form on this course – the 2013 championship was his seventh overall. Stiff competition should be provided by Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, who won the tournament in 2013. Gwilym Mumford

Holiday Hit Squad

8pm, BBC1

Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley return, donning their factor 40 and heading off in search of pressing consumer issues for holidaymakers. The perils of hotel balconies are given startling illustration from Lee Charie, who survived a fall in Thailand,
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Daniel Racliffe to play Seb Coe in Gold

Daniel Racliffe to play Seb Coe in Gold
Daniel Radcliffe is set to hit the track, with the star confirmed to play Seb Coe in Gold, a sporting biopic from BBC Films. The new film will chart the rivalry between Coe and his fellow middle-distance runner Steve Ovett, which reached boiling point at the Moscow Olympics of 1980. Radcliffe's casting will see him reunited with The Woman In Black director James Watkins, who has also signed on to join the project. With a first draft from William Davies having adapted the script from sports writer Pat Butcher's (not that one)...

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Daniel Radcliffe to play Sebastian Coe

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Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star as Sebastian Coe in Gold, a new feature which will tell the story of the Olympic gold medallist's rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

The film is based on the book The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies, and will reunite Radcliffe with Woman In Black director James Watkins.

It is not yet known who will play Ovett in the production.

Writer Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, told the BBC earlier this year the film was "a brilliant story" with a "perfect end".

"I hadn't realised how good it was until you dig into their past," he said. "They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met... apart from on the track - but not very often,
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Daniel Radcliffe Has Gone For Gold

Photo: Marco VitturBack in the dim, distant days of 2010, when Britain’s 2012 Olympic glory seemed like a fantasy, BBC Films decided to make a film about the rivalry between middle-distance runners Sebastian (Aka Lord) Coe and Steve Ovett. Gold, as it is now known, has been pottering along ever since but has now put on a burst of speed with news that The Woman In Black’s director James Watkins is aboard alongside that film’s star, one Daniel Radcliffe.Though the film wasn’t ready for 2012, the addition of this particular duo gives it a much better chance of finally reaching our screens. Radcliffe will play Coe, in a story that charts the rivalry between Coe and Ovett – at times fierce; at others cordial – which began with a school cross-country race in 1972 and came to a head at the Moscow Games in 1980.While Johnny English’s William Davies originally
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Daniel Radcliffe to Run for the 'Gold' in Olympian Sebastian Coe Biopic

Continuing his rising career following the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has intriguing projects like a new Frankenstein (he'll be playing Igor) and a gritty crime thriller called Tokyo Vice. While he was recently falsely rumored to play Freddie Mercury, that role is hoped to go to Ben Whishaw, but Radcliffe will take on another real-life figure, this time in the athletic world. Following his turn as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, BBC Films has announced Radcliffe will star in Gold, the story of runner Sebastian Coe and his famous rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. The film will reunite Radcliffe with director James Watkins, who teamed with the British actor for his first film outside of the Harry Potter franchise, The Woman in Black. Even better news is the screenplay comes from Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy and How to Train Your Dragon
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Daniel Radcliffe to play Olympian Sebastian Coe

Daniel Radcliffe to play Olympian Sebastian Coe
Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play Sebastian Coe in the sports drama Gold, EW has confirmed.

Deadline, which first reported the news, notes that the movie will reunite the actor with his The Woman In Black director James Watkins. The story will be based on the book The Perfect Distance, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon).

The true story centers on the rivalry between Olympic runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett; Coe and Ovett started racing against each other in 1972 and were considered two of the fastest middle distance runners in the world.
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Daniel Radcliffe Reteams with The Woman In Black Director James Watkins to Go for Gold

Rush never caught fire in the way Universal hoped, but maybe audiences need a more relatable competition when it comes to a sports rivalry.  They may get it from director James Watkins, who will reteam with his The Woman in Black star Daniel Radcliffe for the Olympic drama, Gold.  According to BBC Films [via The Playlist], Watkins will work from a script from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon), which will focus on the rivalry between runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.  Unlike the similar wealthy upbringings of the rivals from Rush, Coe and Ovett came from very different classes and upbringings, but "between them they won three Olympic gold medals, two silvers, one bronze, and broke a total of twelve middle-distance records," according to the source material,  The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher. BBC Films doesn't say which athlete Radcliffe will play or who his co-star will be,
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Daniel Radcliffe Set To Go For "Gold"

Daniel Radcliffe is attached to play British politician and former Olympic athlete Sebastian Coe in "Gold" for Embankment Films.

Sounding like "Rush," but for the sport of middle distance running, Radcliffe plays the obsessive Coe in a film that deals with his rivalry with Steve Ovett.

Coe was a quiet loner driven to the limit of endeavour by his ambitious father. Ovett was an effortless and natural athlete fighting to prove himself in an elitist world.

James Watkins ("Eden Lake," "The Woman in Black") helms the film from a script by Simon Beaufoy and Will Davies.

Joanna Anderson, Vicky Licorish and Kevin Loader will produce. Filming will begin next year.

Source: Embankment Films
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Daniel Radcliffe to play Sebastian Coe in athletics drama

Coe's long-running track rivalry with fellow middle-distance runner Steve Ovett to be focus of Gold

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Daniel Radcliffe will play double gold medallist Sebastian Coe in a sporting biopic detailing the British middle distance runner's battles with rival Steve Ovett, reports Screen Daily.

The Harry Potter star will reunite with James Watkins, director of last year's supernatural box office hit The Woman in Black, on Gold. Producers have not yet cast Ovett, who was Coe's main British rival in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Slumdog Millionaire's Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy has written the screenplay with How to Train Your Dragon's Will Davies.

Coe and Ovett were fierce rivals from their junior days, but rarely raced each other at the pinnacle of their respective careers. Prior to the Moscow Olympics they were recognised as
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Radcliffe To Race For ‘Gold’ As Seb Coe In British Biopic

Daniel Radcliffe is fast making the memory of his boy wizard Harry Potter disappear with a number of acclaimed recent roles. After his superb portrayal of the Beat movement’s Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, he’ll next be seen leading Alexandre Aja’s gothic modern horror Horns, which is based of the novel by Joel Hill.

However, he’s not one to leave his British roots behind for the bright lights of Hollywood forever, as he’s officially set to play sporting hero Sebastian Coe in the rivalry biopic Gold. Radcliffe will reunite with his The Women In Black director James Watkins for a look as the lead up to the Moscow Olympic Games of 1980, where British athletes Coe and Steve Ovett competed in the 1500 metres.

The film is adapted by Simon Beaufoy and Will Davies from the non-novel ‘The Perfect Distance’ by Pat Butcher. It’s set
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Daniel Radcliffe to Play Sebastian Coe in Gold

Embankment Films has announced that Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter" films) is attached to play British politician and former track and field athlete Sebastian Coe in Gold , to be directed by James Watkins from a script by Simon Beaufoy and Will Davies. The film, which will be sold at Afm, is described as follows: Sebastian Coe (Daniel Radcliffe), obsessive and nurtured, is a quiet loner driven to the limit of endeavour by his ambitious father. Steve Ovett, effortless and natural, is a confident joker and outsider, fighting to prove himself in an elitist world. Both are fuelled by rivalry but burdened by the weight of expectation and fear of failure. Lovers, family loyalties and the human spirit are tested to breaking point in a relentless race for glory....
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Daniel Radcliffe to Play British Track-Star and Olympic Organiser Sebastian Coe in ‘Gold’

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Harry Potter star and all-round top bloke Daniel Radcliffe is set to play Lord Sebastian Coe in the new new movie Gold. The film comes from the pen of Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon) and will be directed by James Watkins who recently directed Radcliffe in The Woman In Black.

According to the site:

The script tells the story of Coe’s world-famous rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Seb Coe has been in the spotlight an awful lot over the past five or six years in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics as he took on the lead role as Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and brought in the likes of Danny Boyle to direct the opening ceremony. Coe set eight outdoor and three indoor
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Daniel Radcliffe to play Sebastian Coe for 'Woman in Black' director

Daniel Radcliffe will play Sebastian Coe in an upcoming biopic.

Screen Daily reports that the actor will reunite with The Woman in Black director James Watkins to play the four-time Olympic gold medallist in Gold.

The drama will follow Lord Coe in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, and specifically his rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett.

Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon) co-wrote the script.

Gold is based on the book The Perfect Distance by former Times athletics correspondent Pat Butcher.

Shooting is due to begin in April of next year in locations in the UK and Russia.

Radcliffe's next film Kill Your Darlings is released in the UK on December 6.

Watch Radcliffe in a clip from Kill Your Darlings below:
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Daniel Radcliffe Goes for ‘Gold’

Daniel Radcliffe Goes for ‘Gold’
London — In the run-up to the Afm, Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star in “Gold,” which tells the story of Sebastian Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Pic will reunite Radcliffe with British director James Watkins (“Eden Lake”) following their 2012 box office hit “The Woman in Black.” Its screenplay is by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Will Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”), and the film will be produced by Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish (“Small Island”) and Kevin Loader (“Hyde Park on Hudson,” “Le Week-end”).

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with Al Films. BBC Films’ head Christine Langan will executive produce.

Financing is also provided by Ingenious Senior Film Fund, represented by Gavin Poolman.

Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films is selling worldwide and will be launching the film at the Afm.
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Afm: Daniel Radcliffe to Play British Olympic Medalist Seb Coe

Afm: Daniel Radcliffe to Play British Olympic Medalist Seb Coe
London -- Daniel Radcliffe is to play Sebastian Coe, a man famous to one generation of Brits as a Olympic gold medalist middle distance runner and another generation for overseeing the London Olympics 2012 as chairman of the Games' organizing committee.  Radcliffe will star as the athlete-turned-Olympic tsar in the film Gold, written by Oscar winning scribe Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon). Photos: Growing Up 'Harry Potter': Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint The project will be directed by James Watkins, who directed Radcliffe in the box office horror smash Woman In Black.

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Daniel Radcliffe to play Seb Coe

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Exclusive: Radcliffe to star as Olympic champion in Gold. Simon Beaufoy’s script to be directed by James Watkins, Embankment to handle sales.

Daniel Radcliffe is to play four-time Olympic gold medallist Sebastian Coe in what will be one of the hottest projects to hit the American Film Market (Afm) next month.

Radcliffe will reunite with Woman in Black director James Watkins on Gold, which will tell the story of Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

The buzzed-about screenplay is by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon).

Planning is underway for a shoot in the UK and Russia in April next year.

The film will be produced by Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish (Small Island) and Kevin Loader (Hyde Park on Hudson, Le Week-end).

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with Al
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Guiding Lights mentors include Madden, Park, Abrahamson

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Guiding Lights mentors include Madden, Park, Abrahamson
Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have confirmed a number of top filmmakers in mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.

The 2013 directing mentors include Oliver Parker, John Madden [pictured], Joanna Hogg and Lenny Abrahamson,

Writing mentors include Will Davies, Peter Straughan and Lucinda Coxon.

Producing mentors are Nira Park, Andrea Calderwood and Robyn Slovo.

This year’s participants are directors Afarin Eghbal, Laura Smith, Andrew Lang, Henry Darke and Carmel Winters, writers Andy Yerlett, Lucy Moore, Martin Wallace and Thomas Martin, and producers Jessica Levick, Rob Watson and Alexa Seligman.

Each mentor is paired with a mentee they work with over nine months. Some mentorships extend beyond this scheme — for instance producer Nicky Bentham was mentored by Eon’s Barbara Broccoli, who is now executive producing Bentham’s The Silent Storm.

Guiding Lights patron Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International (Ffi), said, “During the four years that I’ve been involved with Guiding Lights, first as a mentor
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