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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: 8 Possible Storylines to Pursue Even After Everybody’s Had Their Happy Ending

22 June 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Downton Abbey” ended on the best possible note possible when it wrapped up after six seasons in 2016. Every character that fans cared about had a happy ending. People paired off — even the ones downstairs — and some had babies or babies on the way, a new business venture was started – and better yet, nobody was accused of murder.

Now comes word, according to a recent report, that a “Downton Abbey” movie will likely start cranking into production in 2018. Creator Julian Fellowes has been diligently working and reworking the script, and the cast has publicly stated that they’re game to return to Downton.

But where can it go from here? Short of resurrecting Matthew (Dan Stevens) from the grave for some creepy zombie triad love story, this was as tidy and pleasant an outcome as a fan could hope for. It will be intriguing to see what conflict the movie brings as a matter of course while storytelling but not tarnish the happiness that was granted the characters after so many hard times.

Read More: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals He’s Working on a Film Version

With very few clues to go on though, it’s not clear what will be in store for the Crawleys and friends when they return. The series’ timeline ended around 1925, and Fellowes had stated that he didn’t want to bring the story into the 1930s, so that leaves a window of five years for a time jump. Based on our knowledge of the characters and of general history, here are some of the things we’d want to see in the “Downton Abbey” movie:

The Crawleys in the Workforce

This was already in the works with Tom (Allen Leech) and Henry (Matthew Goode) teaming up to be used cars salesmen. Hopefully that business is flourishing, and maybe even Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will get involved because of course she’s not going to be a very involved mother even though she’ll have two (or more?) kids by the time the movie rolls around. We could see her taking charge of some innovative business ideas like driving around town to draw in female customers or arranging motor tours to Downton.

Mary Softens

Mary has been and can be a really garbage person at times, but Matthew brought out the best in her. It’s no accident that Mary only after she’s with Henry, that she commits a completely selfless act by not stealing Edith’s wedding-day thunder to reveal she’s pregnant.

A Really Good, Modern Nanny Arc

With the exception of the horrid Nanny West, who had called poor little Sybbie a “wicked little cross-breed,” the nannies haven’t been part of the fold either upstairs or downstairs much. Although it’s accepted that the nobility don’t really have a hand rearing their children, this could all change. Edith is far more involved with her daughter Marigold anyway, and who knows how Tom’s experiences in America may have changed his views. Mary is probably the most traditional, but with the lines blurring between classes, the nanny or nannies could become an indispensable family friend. Or it could be a friend they have already.

Stop Before the Great Depression

Given that this is probably going to be the last time we’ll see the “Downton” cast together since they’re no longer under contract and have been scattered to the winds on different projects, let’s not end on a really depressing (heh) note or cliffhanger. Besides, 1929 is also when frozen food was invented, and we really don’t want the knowledge of that to send the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) into an early grave. That said, the age of innovation can’t stop, won’t stop, and we’d love to see someone talking about the wonders of TV or talkies.

Ripped From the Headlines

While we don’t want to see the Great Depression happen, it’s always intriguing to see events of the day pierce the Crawley bubble. We can’t imagine that Edith (Laura Carmichael), the new Marchioness of Hexham, will fully give up journalism, especially since she’ll want to be a good role model to Marigold, and so we could see her getting involved with the biggest news items in some form. The British occupation of Shanghai and the resulting protests could create some new dramatic situations in which lines are drawn about imperialism. And we could see someone, maybe Daisy (Sophie McShera) or Edith getting pulled along the tide of women’s suffrage when women over 21 finally get the vote. Oh, and since Princess Elizabeth is born in 1926, there must be some diehard royalists who will be obsessed with her every move and appearance.

Read More: The ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale Brings All the Ships Into Port

Thomas Barrow Tries to Find Love

Sadly, this wishlist item is probably one of the most difficult storylines to make happen given the time period. As with Rose’s interracial romance that “Downton” tried and failed to make happen, a straightforward romance for Thomas (Robert James-Collier) would be improbable or at least incredibly difficult, and we do not wish Thomas any more pain. Homosexuality at that time was seen as indecent and criminal, consent not even part of the discussion, and it’s no wonder Thomas had issues. That said, despite society’s condemnation, queer people still existed and yes, even loved. We’ll leave the logistics to Fellowes.

Anna and Bates Will Continue to Live Happily Ever After

Nothing bad can or will happen to them ever again. They get as many babies at they want and are very, very happy. We don’t care if that makes for boring storytelling. With rape, accusations of murder, jail time – and hey did we mention rape? – they’ve been through enough already. Ok, maybe some new medical treatment can give Bates (Brendan Coyle) some false hope about losing his limp, but it doesn’t, and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) can tell him how much she loves him because of his bum leg anyway. But that’s it.

The Requisite Giant Celebration

It’s not “Downton Abbey” without a really big set piece gathering everyone together. While we wouldn’t say no to a ball, a picnic or outdoors village activity might be the best because that would mean the servants wouldn’t be required to work too much, even though so many of them have their own separate lives now. A picnic is more egalitarian. But for old times’ sakes, maybe Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) and Daisy could bake something up again. And we’re not exactly sure what a happy and married Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) would look like, but we imagine them dancing and maybe partaking in some drinks. Who else? Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) doting on their grandchildren, and Cousin Isobel (Penelope Wilton) finally enjoying a life of her own with Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) would be essential, with wry commentary by the Dowager Countess of course.

What would you want to see in a “Downton Abbey” movie?

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Related storiesThandie Newton: Period Dramas Have Made It Harder for Black Actors to Find Work in England'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals He's Working on a Film VersionMichelle Dockery Finds Joy in the Rawness of 'Good Behavior,' But She Hasn't Left 'Downton Abbey' Behind »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: 8 Possible Storylines to Pursue Even After Everybody’s Had Their Happy Ending

22 June 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Downton Abbey” ended on the best possible note possible when it wrapped up after six seasons in 2016. Every character that fans cared about had a happy ending. People paired off — even the ones downstairs — and some had babies or babies on the way, a new business venture was started – and better yet, nobody was accused of murder.

Now comes word, according to a recent report, that a “Downton Abbey” movie will likely start cranking into production in 2018. Creator Julian Fellowes has been diligently working and reworking the script, and the cast has publicly stated that they’re game to return to Downton.

But where can it go from here? Short of resurrecting Matthew (Dan Stevens) from the grave for some creepy zombie triad love story, this was as tidy and pleasant an outcome as a fan could hope for. It will be intriguing to see what conflict the movie brings as a matter of course while storytelling but not tarnish the happiness that was granted the characters after so many hard times.

Read More: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals He’s Working on a Film Version

With very few clues to go on though, it’s not clear what will be in store for the Crawleys and friends when they return. The series’ timeline ended around 1925, and Fellowes had stated that he didn’t want to bring the story into the 1930s, so that leaves a window of five years for a time jump. Based on our knowledge of the characters and of general history, here are some of the things we’d want to see in the “Downton Abbey” movie:

The Crawleys in the Workforce

This was already in the works with Tom (Allen Leech) and Henry (Matthew Goode) teaming up to be used cars salesmen. Hopefully that business is flourishing, and maybe even Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will get involved because of course she’s not going to be a very involved mother even though she’ll have two (or more?) kids by the time the movie rolls around. We could see her taking charge of some innovative business ideas like driving around town to draw in female customers or arranging motor tours to Downton.

Mary Softens

Mary has been and can be a really garbage person at times, but Matthew brought out the best in her. It’s no accident that Mary only after she’s with Henry, that she commits a completely selfless act by not stealing Edith’s wedding-day thunder to reveal she’s pregnant.

A Really Good, Modern Nanny Arc

With the exception of the horrid Nanny West, who had called poor little Sybbie a “wicked little cross-breed,” the nannies haven’t been part of the fold either upstairs or downstairs much. Although it’s accepted that the nobility don’t really have a hand rearing their children, this could all change. Edith is far more involved with her daughter Marigold anyway, and who knows how Tom’s experiences in America may have changed his views. Mary is probably the most traditional, but with the lines blurring between classes, the nanny or nannies could become an indispensable family friend. Or it could be a friend they have already.

Stop Before the Great Depression

Given that this is probably going to be the last time we’ll see the “Downton” cast together since they’re no longer under contract and have been scattered to the winds on different projects, let’s not end on a really depressing (heh) note or cliffhanger. Besides, 1929 is also when frozen food was invented, and we really don’t want the knowledge of that to send the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) into an early grave. That said, the age of innovation can’t stop, won’t stop, and we’d love to see someone talking about the wonders of TV or talkies.

Ripped From the Headlines

While we don’t want to see the Great Depression happen, it’s always intriguing to see events of the day pierce the Crawley bubble. We can’t imagine that Edith (Laura Carmichael), the new Marchioness of Hexham, will fully give up journalism, especially since she’ll want to be a good role model to Marigold, and so we could see her getting involved with the biggest news items in some form. The British occupation of Shanghai and the resulting protests could create some new dramatic situations in which lines are drawn about imperialism. And we could see someone, maybe Daisy (Sophie McShera) or Edith getting pulled along the tide of women’s suffrage when women over 21 finally get the vote. Oh, and since Princess Elizabeth is born in 1926, there must be some diehard royalists who will be obsessed with her every move and appearance.

Read More: The ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale Brings All the Ships Into Port

Thomas Barrow Tries to Find Love

Sadly, this wishlist item is probably one of the most difficult storylines to make happen given the time period. As with Rose’s interracial romance that “Downton” tried and failed to make happen, a straightforward romance for Thomas (Robert James-Collier) would be improbable or at least incredibly difficult, and we do not wish Thomas any more pain. Homosexuality at that time was seen as indecent and criminal, consent not even part of the discussion, and it’s no wonder Thomas had issues. That said, despite society’s condemnation, queer people still existed and yes, even loved. We’ll leave the logistics to Fellowes.

Anna and Bates Will Continue to Live Happily Ever After

Nothing bad can or will happen to them ever again. They get as many babies at they want and are very, very happy. We don’t care if that makes for boring storytelling. With rape, accusations of murder, jail time – and hey did we mention rape? – they’ve been through enough already. Ok, maybe some new medical treatment can give Bates (Brendan Coyle) some false hope about losing his limp, but it doesn’t, and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) can tell him how much she loves him because of his bum leg anyway. But that’s it.

The Requisite Giant Celebration

It’s not “Downton Abbey” without a really big set piece gathering everyone together. While we wouldn’t say no to a ball, a picnic or outdoors village activity might be the best because that would mean the servants wouldn’t be required to work too much, even though so many of them have their own separate lives now. A picnic is more egalitarian. But for old times’ sakes, maybe Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) and Daisy could bake something up again. And we’re not exactly sure what a happy and married Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) would look like, but we imagine them dancing and maybe partaking in some drinks. Who else? Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) doting on their grandchildren, and Cousin Isobel (Penelope Wilton) finally enjoying a life of her own with Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) would be essential, with wry commentary by the Dowager Countess of course.

What would you want to see in a “Downton Abbey” movie?

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Related storiesThandie Newton: Period Dramas Have Made It Harder for Black Actors to Find Work in England'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals He's Working on a Film VersionMichelle Dockery Finds Joy in the Rawness of 'Good Behavior,' But She Hasn't Left 'Downton Abbey' Behind »

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Watchmen series coming to HBO from Damon Lindelof

21 June 2017 1:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

‘Who watches the Watchmen?’ is a question that could be answered soon as HBO is developing a Watchmen series based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel. According to Variety, Damon Lindelof, who just completed a three season run on HBO’s The Leftovers, is in talks to develop the series.

HBO previously tried to make a Watchmen series in 2014, but those plans fell through and this take is reported to be different from that attempt. Variety also states that this new series will be unrelated to Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation, so a direct prequel or sequel seems out of the question as well.

Written in 1986 by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave GibbonsWatchmen saw a familiar, yet vastly different world thanks to the presence of costumed or ‘super’ heroes, who now face a government ban. Published as a 12-issue miniseries, it told the story of a group of superheroes coming out of retirement to investigate the death of The Comedian, one of the few active heroes left. Through their investigation, they uncover a conspiracy that has the potential to destroy the world.

Zack Snyder directed the movie adaptation, which starred Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Since then, DC Comics published Before Watchmen, a line of several stories from various writers and artists that took place before the events of the original series. Lately they’ve been bringing in elements from Watchmen into the main DC universe, culminating this fall in the series Doomsday Clock. If this HBO series is unconnected to Snyder’s film or be a remake, it could use Before Watchmen as inspiration.

An R-rated animated adaptation is also rumoured to be in development.

What do you think of a potential Watchmen series on HBO? Is that something you’d like to see or would you prefer they’d leave alone? »

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Win The Hatton Garden Job on Blu-ray

5 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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To mark the release of The Hatton Garden Job on 12th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; The Hatton Garden Job follows four ageing East End criminals – led by 76 year-old Brian Reader (Larry Lamb, TV’s EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey) – and one mystery man (Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game, TV’s Downton Abbey), who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these rag-tag, old-school (and just plain old) bunch of east-end crooks set about achieving the seemingly impossible; drilling into a steel-and-concrete secured safety deposit vault in London’s well-to-do Hatton Garden jewellery quarter, and pulling off the biggest theft in history.

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5 Details About Season 2 of The Crown That Will Make You Royally Excited

1 June 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It didn't take long for audiences to get swept up in The Crown, Netflix's decadent dramatization of Queen Elizabeth II's first few years on the throne, and it's pretty obvious why. Although there are a few things in the hit series that didn't actually happen, it still captures the essence of what it was like for the young royal to take over for her father, King George VI, after his shocking death in 1952. With season one in the bag (which reportedly came at a $130 million price tag), it's time to look forward: what do we know about season two? RelatedQueen Elizabeth II's Reaction to Watching The Crown Is Probably Not What You'd Think The Main Cast Lead actress Claire Foy took home multiple best actress trophies this award season for her spot-on, layered performance as the queen, so it should come as no surprise that she's signed on for season two. »

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The Crown season 2: Victoria Hamilton on what to expect

17 May 2017 12:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard May 17, 2017

The Crown's Victoria Hamilton has been chatting about filming the second season of Netflix's expensive royal family drama...

Walking the red carpet at the BAFTA awards last week, Victoria Hamilton stopped to have a chat about the return of Netflix's pricy drama about the royal family, The Crown. The actress plays the Queen Mother in the streaming service's popular show, and she'll be reprising the role once again when season 2 lands later this year.

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“It’s as rich and as detailed and as extraordinary as series one was,” she noted. “It’s moving into the 60s, so it’s very much about that very modern encroaching world and the world that is the establishment of The Crown. There’s obviously a lot more exploration of certain members of the Royal Family and their stories. It’s wonderful. »

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First look images of Lily James in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society movie

15 May 2017 6:04 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

As filming wraps on the Lily James-led Guernsey (aka The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), two official images from the project have been released of the 1940’s based British production with James leading the charge as journalist Juliet Ashton.

Related: Lily James news and interviews.

The British production of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel, carries one of the oddest titles of recent times, and has Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’s Mike Newell at the helm of the Don Roos (Marley & Me, The Opposite of Sex) adapted screenplay.

Set in 1946 Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII.  Juliet »

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First Look: Lily James in Mike Newell’s ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

15 May 2017 3:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Studiocanal has unveiled the first images of Lily James in Mike Newell’s “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” which has completed principal photography in the U.K. The “Cinderella” actress stars in the romantic drama opposite Dutch-born actor Michiel Huisman.

James plays a free-spirited journalist who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the German occupation of Guernsey during World War II. Huisman, who starred opposite Blake Lively in 2015’s “The Age of Adaline” and on television in HBO’s “Treme” and “Game of Thrones,” plays James’ love interest – the first contact she makes with the island and eponymous society.

Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton co-star in the film, which was adapted from the 2008 novel, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, by U.S. writer and filmmaker Don Roos. »

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Exclusive: Watch Glen Powell and Max Greenfield Record Hilarious Voices for Netflix’s ‘All Hail King Julien’

11 May 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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What’s it like to record a voice role for an animated series?

Glen Powell and Max Greenfield show us what it’s like in Et’s exclusive sneak peek inside the recording studio as the two actors record voices for the fifth season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning animated series, All Hail King Julien.

A spinoff of Madagascar, All Hail King Julien is about an ill-equipped, self-involved lemur who becomes king and absolutely has no idea what he’s doing. While a family show, the animated series’ fifth season, which debuts Friday, May 12, is an unexpected satire of current events with Powell and Greenfield joining as two stuck-up dolphins, Trent and Kipper, who want to rid the ocean of undesirable sea creatures. (Check out the final animated version below.)  

All Hail King Julien is just the latest of many projects for Powell. Following his breakout success on Scream Queens and in »

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Exclusive: The Meteoric Rise of ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Scream Queens’ Star Glen Powell

21 April 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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“I’m still working my way up the food chain,” Glen Powell tells Et of his breakthrough in Hollywood, which over the past two years includes celebrated roles in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! and Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens, as well as portraying John Glenn in the Academy Awards Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures. His latest is playing an Army sergeant in Sand Castle, a film inspired by true events that took place during the Iraq War, debuting on Netflix Friday, April 21. Co-starring Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill and Logan Marshall-Green, it’s the latest film to earn buzz for the actor, who has been dubbed one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars.

While the Austin, Texas, native’s recent breakout success has elevated him to a new level of attention -- fashion spreads in Interview and Coveteur magazines, an invitation to the 2017 Academy Awards -- Powell has been »

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Outsiders Cancelled After 2 Seasons

14 April 2017 11:22 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Outsiders are on the hunt for a new home; Wgn America has cancelled the drama after two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

Set in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, Outsiders starred David Morse (St. Elsewhere), Joe Anderson (Hannibal) and Gillian Alexy (Damages) as members of the Farrell clan, a group of mountain dwellers who frequently clashed with citizens in the town of Blackburg.

The show’s April 25 episode, previously billed as a season finale, will now serve as the series finale, should Sony Pictures Television »

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Watchmen R-Rated Animated Movie Happening at Warner Bros.?

14 April 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Warner Bros. is certainly keeping busy with their DC Comics Extended Universe (Dceu), the studio has also formed a separate animated universe that stands apart from its live-action counterpart. If a new report is to be believed, then it seems that the studio may be considering bringing the iconic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen back to life, as an R-rated animated superhero movie. While there hasn't been any confirmation from Warner Bros. about this project, the studio is reportedly gauging interest in this movie through an online survey.

A Film Buff Online reader sent the site an excerpt from an online marketing survey, where users were asked how excited they would be for a "made-for-video" movie based on the iconic Watchmen graphic novel. The online survey doesn't give any indication of whether or not this project has currently made it through any stages of development or production yet, »

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Exclusive: Jim Broadbent & Harriet Walter talk The Sense of an Ending

14 April 2017 2:16 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: David Sztypuljak

We’ve already heard from Director Ritesh Batra and Billy Howle who plays the young Jim Broadbent character (Tony Webster) in The Sense of an Ending but now it’s the turn of Broadbent and co-star Harriet Walter who talk about tackling the project.

The Sense of an Ending tells the story of a man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

In the interview conducted by Phoebe Winter, Broadbent talks about how much he ‘loved the character’ and how he would adore to play Tony. Harriet talks about how this role was quite different to other roles that she’s taken on and how this appealed to try something a little different.

They talk about working together previously and how working on this new project put them at ease. They also »

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Movie Review – The Hatton Garden Job (2017)

13 April 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hatton Garden Job, 2017.

Directed by Ronnie Thompson

Starring Matthew Goode, Larry Lamb, Phil Daniels, David Calder, Joely Richardson, and Stephen Moyer.

Synopsis:

Over the Easter weekend in 2015, a small team of experienced burglars broke into the basement vaults at The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company and stole millions of pounds in gold, cash and jewellery.  Based on true events.

Since a group of what the media gleefully described as “diamond geezers” raided the contents of up to 70 safety deposit boxes at The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company over Easter 2015, the rush has been on to bring one of the most audacious crimes in British history to the big screen.  The first attempt, Hatton Garden The Heist, sank without trace last year.  Signature Entertainment no doubt had a twinkle in its corporate eye when it decided to release the second one, Ronnie Thompson’s The Hatton Garden Job, this Easter weekend. »

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The Hatton Garden Job review – a swift and methodical theft of everyone's time

12 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Matthew Goode and Phil Daniels do their best as toughened crims in a story of the real-life 2015 heist, but they can’t rescue this geezer opera from trite tedium

The Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary in 2015 was the largest in English history, carried out by ageing veterans. When news of this caper broke, I – along with every other film journalist in the country – speculated about what the inevitable film version would look like and, in a spasm of sentimental optimism, I even invoked Jonathan Glazer’s masterpiece Sexy Beast, also about a safe deposit job.

A Working Title production with Michael Caine and Jim Broadbent is in the works. In the meantime here is another film – and it’s a most-expense-spared production, ropey and depressing, which fails to keep faith with the grey power ethos by inventing a sexy young crim leader for the older crew: Matthew Goode roughens up his vowels for the part. »

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The Hatton Garden Job Review

11 April 2017 6:10 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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An attempt at a super cool, stylish crime caper, a la Guy Ritchie, The Hatton Garden Job falls flat on its face because, well, Guy Ritchie didn’t make it. Imagine a Vauxhall Nova with a very expensive body kit, big noisy exhaust and go faster stripes down the sides. To the driver it might feel and sound like they’re driving a car from The Fast and the Furious franchise but to everyone else, it just looks like a Vauxhall Nova with some money thrown at it. And thrown in all the wrong places.

Based on the real life events that took place in April 2015 – Ronnie Thompson is the first, and unlikely to be the last, director to bring this remarkable story to the silver screen, of when four elderly men pulled off the heist of the century – stealing over £200m worth of items.

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HeyUGuys on set… We discuss the heist of the century with the cast & crew of The Hatton Garden Job

11 April 2017 5:33 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

When watching the news back in April 2015, to watch on as the events surrounding the Hatton Garden heist unravelled – where four elderly men pulled off one of the most ambitious robberies of all time – it was impossible to not envisage a movie. Lo and behold, barely two years on, and the first cinematic endeavour depicting this astonishing tale is set to hit our screens – and HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be invited on to the film’s London set.

The set was notable for its commitment to authenticity, with real life equipment – such as a monumental drill – being used to reenact the break-in sequences, to not only enrich the experience for the actors, but for the viewers too. However director Ronnie Thompson told us that he’s blending realism with a more overtly cinematic approach, vying to find the humour within this ordeal, and play up to it accordingly. »

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Win Allied on Blu-ray

26 March 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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To mark the release of Allied on 3rd April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Oscar® winners Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II.  But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable.  The film features an outstanding supporting cast  including Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Jared Harris (“The Crown”), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”).

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Watch a brand new clip from The Hatton Garden Job

24 March 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Coming to cinemas in April is the latest version of the story of the famous Hatton Garden heist, The Hatton Garden Job, and we have a brand new clip to share with you. The film stars Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, TV’s Downton Abbey), Larry Lamb (TV’s EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey), Phil Daniels (TV’s EastEnders, Quadrophenia), Mark Harris (Riot, Anuvahood), Joely Richardson (Snowden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), David Calder (Rush, The Lady In The Van), Clive Russell (TV’s Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Stephen Moyer (Concussion, TV’s True Blood).

A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; The Hatton Garden Job follows four ageing East End criminals – led by 76 year-old Brian Reader – and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school – and »

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Shooting begins on The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-03-23 17:50:43

23 March 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Filming of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has begun. The big-screen adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' international bestselling epistolary novel stars Lily James as journalist Juliet Ashton who forms a life-changing bond with an eccentric secret society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime.

The film is being directed by Four Weddings And A Funeral's Mike Newell from a script by Don Roos (Marley & Me), Kevin Hood (A Royal Night Out) and Tom Bezucha (Monte Carlo).

The film co-stars by Michiel Huisman (The Age Of Adaline), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

Studiocanal is financing the project and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

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