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“I’m ready. I’ve got Bob. He’ll look after me.”
A true feel-good story based on the best-selling book of the same name, which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Cleopatra Entertainment LLC, the movie division of famed indie record label Cleopatra Records, has acquired all domestic rights to the feel-good true story A Street Cat Named Bob, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Turner and Hooch, Tomorrow Never Dies) and starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken), Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) and Joanne Froggatt (Downtown Abbey). The film, written by Tim John and Maria Nation, is based on the international bestseller by James Bowen and Garry Jenkins. Produced by Adam Rolston for Shooting Script Films, the uplifting story will be released domestically in theaters on November 18th, 2016. Check out the trailer for A Street Cat Named Bob:
When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, »
- Tom Stockman
French commercial broadcaster TF1 has picked up “Liar,” a thriller series from the creators of BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated “The Missing.” The show stars “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt. TF1 also acquired contemporary drama series “Innocent.” The pre-sales were inked by All3Media Intl.
“Liar,” which has been ordered by Britain’s ITV and the U.S.’s SundanceTV, is written by Harry and Jack Williams at Two Brothers Pictures, who also wrote “The Missing.” Froggatt stars alongside Ioan Gruffudd (“Forever”) in a story of a night that changes the lives of their characters, Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham, forever.
“An initial attraction between them leads to a date, but neither fully realizes the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families,” according to a statement. “Truth and consequences go hand in hand in a gripping thriller that examines both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth.”
- Leo Barraclough
In the run-up to Mip-tv, Paris-based animation producer-distributor Millimages has picked-up international rights to “Kemy Expedition,” produced by G&G, an animation company based in Seoul, and with offices in Japan, known by its anime productions such as “Kaleido Star,” co-produced with Japanese toon house Gonzo.
A 52-part short-format edutainment show, “Kemy Expedition” centers on Kemy, a small dinosaur, and his two duck friends. As a curious child, Kemy wants to explore his new world. The friends embark on an expedition through a cave connected to a secret base where Kemy explores a documentary world with his magic shuttle. Thanks to it, he discovers the animals’ wildlife and visits extraordinary places.
Blending 3D CGI and live action, the series is targeted at 4-9 kids.
“’Kemy’ will provide children with a lot of answers to their questions about animals and nature, while having fun. Which animal can see the best at night? »
- Emilio Mayorga
The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled a first look image from the upcoming romantic biographical drama Mary Shelley featuring Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon) as the iconic author of the gothic horror classic Frankenstein.
Mary Shelley is directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and tells the story of a young Mary Shelley’s love affair with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, played by Douglas Booth. Also featuring in the cast are Bel Powley, Ben Hardy, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane, and Joanne Froggatt. »
- Amie Cranswick
After a major last year with 20th Century Women and The Neon Demon, Elle Fanning‘s streak looks to continue into 2017. This week we got the fantastic first trailer for The Beguiled and she’s also leading How to Talk to Girls at Parties, but that’s not all. The actress is portraying the legendary author Mary Shelley in a new drama and the first look has arrived.
Aptly titled Mary Shelley (previously going by A Storm in the Stars), the biopic about the Frankenstein author comes from director Haifaa al-Mansour, who made a strong impression with her debut Wadjda just a few years back. Also starring Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge, the film depicts the early years of the author as she begins a relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
With footage screening at Berlinale for buyers, hopefully this gets picked up soon. »
- Jordan Raup
U.K. production company Two Brothers Pictures has been acquired by All3Media, the independent film, television and digital production and distribution company.
The producers of the BBC 2016 comedy hit “Fleabag,” which was bought by Amazon for the U.S. last May, Two Brothers was established in 2014 by writing and producing siblings Harry and Jack Williams. Last year, the company was joined by Claire Evans as chief operating officer. As well as producing the brothers’ own work, the company supports new writing talent, including “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
No financial details of the deal were disclosed, but All3Media International will act as the distribution partner for Two Brothers Pictures under the agreement. It marks the 23rd company label under the All3Media banner, which comprises production and distribution labels from across the U.K., U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. All3Media is jointly owned by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
“It’s very exciting welcoming Two Brothers to »
- Robert Mitchell
Elle Fanning has been commanding attention with films like “The Neon Demon,” “20th Century Women” and “The Beguiled” (which debuted its first trailer this week). Now, the 18-year-old is taking center stage in the biopic “Mary Shelley,” about the esteemed “Frankenstein” author.
The Hollywood Reporter shared the first photo from the upcoming film directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour. The image shows the actress sitting in a graveyard next to her mother Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s tombstone, with a book and pencil in hand. See the image here.
Previously titled “Storm in the Stars,” the drama follows the author’s early relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the work of writing her masterpiece. It also co-stars Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge.
Al-Mansour is best »
- Liz Calvario
8 February 2017 9:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The actress stars as the famed titular Frankenstein author in the drama, which was previously entitled A Storm in the Stars. It is being directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour, who rose to fame with her debut feature Wadjda.
HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution and is jointly representing U.S. rights with »
- Alex Ritman
The “Boys Are Back” in the first trailer for Season 2 of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard, which also now has a premiere date — Wednesday, March 15 at 10/9c.
In the series’ “Mucho Mojo”-themed, six-episode sophomore run (based off the second Joe R. Lansdale novel), Hap Collins (played by James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) find themselves caught in the middle of a murder mystery, one that begins with a skeleton, Trudy’s missing ashes, a literal pissing match with a neighborhood drug dealer and a piece of MeMaw’s famous pie. »
SundanceTV is partnering with BBC One for new drama “The Split,” the network announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“The Split” comes from Emmy-winning writer Abi Morgan (“The Hour”). The drama examines the fast-paced world of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters — rivals Hannah and Nina, and youngest sibling Rose — whose lives are upended by the return of their father Oscar after a 30-year absence.
“The remarkable creative team of Abi Morgan, Jane Featherstone, and Jessica Hobbs have tapped into an incredibly original, witty, poignant and compelling look at the world of divorce — in this case, through the lens of a family,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC and SundanceTV’s head of original programming.
The six-episode series, set in London, will go into production in the U.K. In addition to Abi Morgan, who is lead writer on the series, Jane Eden (“The Dumping Ground”) and Louise Ironside (“River City”) are »
- Oriana Schwindt
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