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But the Potterverse will expand next year with the launch of a new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Below, we round up everything we know so far about the production.
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1. It isn't a prequel
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 29, 2015
The play was first spoken about in 2013, just two years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 concluded the movie series.
It was long-rumoured to be a prequel to the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Not so.
"I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel! »
Another two years have passed for our troubled youths, and they’ve reached the age of rave and Madchester – but conflict is clearly never far away
We first met the This Is England characters when they were kids in 1983, as they stumbled through the minefields of race, sex and youth in the Midlands – and we have since caught up with them, almost 7 Up style, every few years since.
Shane Meadows’s film begat TV spinoffs set in 1986 and 1988, charting how friends Woody, Lol, Shaun, Smell and the rest grew up and faced sometimes horrendous trauma. Now we’ve reached 1990; the era of acid house and Madchester has caught up with them, but they’re clearly not just getting off their faces in a field somewhere. Here’s the exclusive first glimpse of This Is England ’90.
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This Is England '90 is to premiere its first episode at The Guardian's Edinburgh International Television Festival in August.
The final TV offshoot of This Is England will be presented at a screening by writer Shane Meadows.
Channel 4 has not yet confirmed when it will subsequently air the miniseries.
It was also announced today (June 22) that comedian Frankie Boyle will be hosting the Edinburgh TV Awards as part of the festival.
Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: "Last year Frankie Boyle became one of the TV Festival's favourite speakers. We're delighted he'll be returning - he's thoroughly entertaining, often controversial - he'll undoubtedly add a spark to our 14th TV Awards."
She has a British Comedy Award and BAFTA Award under her belt for the dark comedy, which returns to Sky Atlantic later this year. »
The bright, brilliant fashion of the 1980s has often been captured on film – the over-the-top nature of the clothes lends itself beautifully to cinema, with some of the most iconic outfits of all time captured in this era. To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Most Violent Year, in which Jessica Chastain showcases an incredible array of 1980s-era Armani, we take a look at other films which demonstrate the fashion of the decade.
Richard Ayoade’s comedy drama stars Craig Roberts as 15 year-old Oliver Tate, who has two major ambitions – to lose his virginity to the beautiful Jordana (Yamin Paige), and to save his parents’ rocky relationship (a task made all the more difficult when his mother’s ex-lover reappears in their lives). Costume designer Charlotte Walters does a brilliant job of capturing the wonderfully quirky take on the classic coming-of-age tale, dressing the young cast in a wonderful array of duffle coats, »
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The former head of Film4 has resigned from her post as National Theatre chief executive after less than six months in the job.
Ross cited structural concerns as her reason for the departure. She was appointed to the job in March 2014 and began her new role last November, working alongside Nt director Rufus Norris, who officially succeeded Nicholas Hytner earlier this month.
However Ross ultimately decided that the National Theatre was not big enough for two creative executives at the top and has chosen to step aside at the end of April.
“I joined the Nt last year and have got to know the organisation in great detail,” stated Ross, who will stay on as consultant during the search for a replacement.
“However, it has become clear to me that the new leadership structure, with a separate role of chief executive, is not right for the Nt at this time, and so I have »
It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »
- Demetrios Matheou
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
Exclusive: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.
Former TF1 International and Funny Balloons sales executive Marta Ravani-Lorber has joined Protagonist Pictures as director of video, digital and TV sales, effective immediately.
Based at Protagonist’s London headquarters, Ravani-Lorber’s remit will include sales to all platforms of the Film4 Library, which Protagonist has handled since 2008, and its own back catalogue of more than 50 titles.
Ravani-Lorber previously worked across sales, production and acquisitions, most recently as international sales manager for TF1 International in Paris and before that as sales acquisitions manager with Funny Balloons.
The valuable Film4 Library contains films from Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Peter Greenaway, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass and Michael Winterbottom while Protagonist’s own library includes films from Ben Wheatley, Shane Meadows, Terence Davies, Kevin Macdonald and Peter Strickland.
Ravani-Lorber will attend upcoming MipTV in her new role. »
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This week Neil Calloway looks at the benefits of brands appearing in films…
I thought the peak of award season was always the Oscars, and I imagine you did too. Turns out I’m wrong; there is also the Brandcameo Product Placement Awards.
Given out yearly, the awards “honour” films for their use of brands, and brands for their use in films. They are not entirely serious, and it could be said that they are a sly dig at the paid use of brands in movies.
This year, Apple won the award for “Overall Product Placement”, with its products appearing, or named in, 9 out of the 35 movies that topped the Us Box Office in 2014. The other big award is the Achievement in Product Placement in a Single Film, won this year by Transformers: Age of Extinction, with appearances by 55 brands, seven ahead of its nearest rival, Gone Girl.
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- Neil Calloway
The stars of a gritty drama about a girl on the run from her father were spotted on the street. It’s a trail blazed by directors from Ken Loach to Shane Meadows, and has brought some of our most searing performances to the screen
Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar last week was the icing on the cake for what’s been a good spell for British acting. There was also recognition for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike at this year’s Oscars, and British actors have been routinely nabbing iconic American roles such as Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and even Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Not to mention Spider-Man, Superman and the last Batman.
But it’s a certain kind of British actor who has been celebrated of late, as evidenced by Vanity Fair’s recent Hollywood issue, which »
- Steve Rose
The Boardwalk Empire actor on the brilliance of The Sopranos, Venice in winter and taking the kids to see Kasabian
Actor Stephen Graham, 41, was born in Kirkby, Liverpool, and got his breakthrough role in 2000, when Guy Ritchie cast him as Tommy in gangster film Snatch. Since then, he has played Combo in Shane Meadows’s Bafta-winning This Is England film and TV series and Al Capone in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Gangs of New York. He is married to fellow actor Hannah Walters, with whom he has two children. His next role is in crime drama Hyena, released in the UK on 6 March.
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News of the singer's passing was posted last night (February 16) on Clark's Facebook page by his management.
"Gavin Clark tragically passed away last night," the message read.
"Until a full statement is released, we ask the press to respect the family's request for privacy at this time, so that they can grieve in peace."
He sung on several tracks on follow-ups End Titles... Stories for Film and Where Did the Night Fall.
Clark was the subject of Meadows's 2007 documentary The Living Room. He also provided the music for several of the director's films.
Clayhill's cover of The Smiths' 'Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want' closed Meadows's This Is England, and their track 'Afterlight' »
Shane Meadows has made a career of chronicling the messy complications of regular life. Whether it's in his ongoing "This Is England," or in efforts such as "Somers Town" and "Twenty Four Seven," the filmmaker has taken an observational and personal approach to storytelling. But for this latest effort, he turns the camera to a close friend, the result is "The Living Room," and you can watch the whole thing right now. Running just a shade under forty-minutes, the documentary — which circles back to a few years ago — focuses on Gavin Clark, Meadows' friend, musician, and former member of Clayhill, and his battle to return to the stage. He begins by hosting a series of solo living room concerts, and after his music for Meadows' "Somers Town" gets critical acclaim, he makes his way back on the big stage once again. Check out the low-key film below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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