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Former Globe director Dominic Dromgoole launches movie company and feature debut

23 November 2016 2:21 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Open Palm Films launches with Dromgoole-directed drama ‘Making Noise Quietly’; first-look image.

Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of London’s Globe theatre, has launched film production company Open Palm Films.

The indie outfit has recently wrapped its first production Making Noise Quietly (for which Screen can reveal the first image), a drama which is directed by Dromgoole and is adapted from Robert Holman’s well-received stage play of the same name.

The triptych of war-related stories follows a conscientious objector and a roaming artist during the Second World War; a bereaved mother struggling with the loss of her son who died in the Falklands; and an ageing holocaust survivor who seeks to bring peace to a disturbed young boy in Germany.

The film stars Deborah Findlay (The Lady In The Van), Barbara Marten (Oranges and Sunshine), Trystan Gravelle (National Treasure), Geoffrey Streafeild (Rush), Luke Thompson (Dunkirk) and Matthew Tennyson who reprises his role from the stage »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Afm: Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard topline 'Dead In A Week'

3 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Altitude to launch sales on comedy due for 2017 shoot.

Altitude Film Sales has taken worldwide sales rights to comedy feature Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), currently in pre-production and set for an early 2017 shoot.

Two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and BBC/TWC’s War & Peace star Aneurin Barnard - who will be seen next summer in Christopher Nolan’s anticipated war drama Dunkirk - lead the cast alongside Mr. Turner actress Marion Bailey who recently played in Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van.

Tom Edmunds’ feature debut charts the story of a young man who outsources his suicide to an ageing assassin after his ninth unsuccessful attempt on his own life.

Additional casting is underway.

Producers are Daniel-Konrad Cooper (Burn Burn Burn) and Nick Clark Windo (Blooded). Executive producer is Gina Carter (Bright Young Things) of Sprout Pictures.

Mike Runagall of Altitude Film Sales, said: “The film »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Bob & Co partners with 'Shakespeare In Love' producer David Parfitt

18 July 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Trademark Films’ Parfitt will act as a creative consultant for the UK production and financing outfit.

UK producer David Parfitt (Shakespeare In Love) is set to partner with London-based media company Bob & Co as a creative consultant.

Parfitt will sit on the company’s Jersey-based Investment Committee for the Cultural Capital Fund, helping to guide ongoing media investments, which include film, TV and theatre projects.

He will also consult across Bob & Co’s media partners including newly-launched TV outfit Duchess Street Productions and Lilting production company Sums Film & Media.

Bob & Co has been working with Parfitt on its adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ The Girl At The Lion d’Or, which is currently in development.

Parfitt will continue to work on his Trademark Films slate, which has in the past produced titles including My Week With Marilyn and BBC-hbo TV mini-series Parade’s End.

Parfitt commented: “I have worked closely with Bob & Co on their brilliant adaptation of Sebastian »

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TV Review: ‘Center Stage: On Pointe’

25 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2000 film “Center Stage” — the source material for “Center Stage: On Pointe,” which is itself the third film in what we are now forced to call the “Center Stage” universe — is, for what it is, modestly brilliant. Written by Carol Heikkinen, who also wrote cult classic “Empire Records,” and directed by Nicholas Hytner, a theater director of some acclaim, the original “Center Stage” is a slightly too-cerebral melodrama about the pressures of professional dance meeting the pressures of being a teenager. It did not do notably well at the box office, but — like “Empire Records” — “Center Stage” found an audience after its theatrical release, due to some combination of home video sales and TV airings of the relatively family-friendly film.

Because the film is so easy to watch — this is a nice way of saying “mediocre” — it invites repeat viewings, to the point that what happens ceases to matter at all. Instead »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Tom Hardy Musical ‘London Road’ Lands Distributor

8 June 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You’d think with National Theater director Rufus Norris (“Broken”) and stars Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman on board, the movie adaptation of the British musical stage phenomenon “London Road” would be a cinch for a North American pickup.

Well, while you have to give Hardy points for joining this ambitious sung musical—and pulling off his role, which is small—the London subject matter may be too arcane for a crossover arthouse hit. But I am happy to report that BBC Worldwide North America is bringing the movie, which debuted at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, to theaters in September.

In fact this ground-breaking theater musical helped to put Norris on the map—and landed him the directorship at the National.  The debut film by writer Alecky Blythe, with music by Adam Cork and lyrics by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, “London Road” features an ensemble mostly comprised of its original stage cast, who had the necessary chops to deliver it.

Read More: National Theater Directors Nick Hytner and Rufus Norris Hit the Movies

Astonishingly, the play used Blythe’s verbatim transcripts from people she interviewed who were involved in tracking a serial killer of prostitutes on London Road—she edited them into a sung musical, which the actors had to execute precisely. BBC Films backed the film, with the National Theatre executive producing; by the time they shot it, Norris had been appointed as the next director, in a clear vote for innovation.

The National, in one of its “experimental provocations,” threw Blythe together with composer Adam Cork in a kind of shotgun marriage in a workshop to write and compose together. And then Alecky went back to Ipswich in 2006 and started meeting people, and it built up from there. Norris decided to turn the hit play into a workable movie, altering the structure and adding one key song that performs the feat of moving the viewer into a musical.

Norris could only have pulled off the low-budget movie with actors who knew the material inside out, but they did add several cinema players to help get it made: Colman and Hardy. When “London Road” hits theaters, do check it out. You’ve never seen anything quite like it.

 

 

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- Anne Thompson

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DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch

19 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

New Indie: The Lady in the Van (Sony Home Entertainment) had all the markings of an awards season contender: It was the latest film from BAFTA and Tony Award–winning director Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys); it was based on beloved British writer Alan Bennett’s memoir; and, most importantly, it starred Dame Maggie Smith as the titular Lady. That so few people saw the movie during its theatrical release and that it earned so little award recognition is just one of those film-history mysteries. All the same, this story of an elderly woman who parks her van in Bennett’s driveway, and then lives there for the next 15 years, is a very audience-friendly bit of feel-good-ism (and name an Academy voter whose head can’t be turned by that sort of thing), one...

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- Alonso Duralde

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What happened to Alan Bennett in Nick Hornby’s Love, Nina?

14 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He is one of Britain’s most famous authors, depicted in films, plays and books – including Nina Stibbe’s hit memoir. So why doesn’t Bennett appear in its new TV adaptation?

Versions of Alan Bennett have been hard to escape over the last six months. First came Nicholas Hytner’s film of The Lady in the Van, featuring three depictions of its author – Alex Jennings as both “Alan Bennett”, a diffident north London resident in the 70s and 80s, and “Ab” the observing writer, plus a present-day cameo from Bennett himself.

Besides his 2015 diary in the Lrb, edited by his friend Mary-Kay Wilmers, subsequent sightings have included a regional revival of the autobiographical play Untold Stories, and the Radio 4 comedy Boswell’s Life of Bennett, in which the time-travelling biographer (Miles Jupp) repeatedly urges the Yorkshireman (Alistair McGowan) to reveal his secrets – “the cream cracker under the settee” – only »

- John Dugdale

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New to Streaming: ‘Tale of Tales,’ ‘The Foot Fist Way,’ ‘My Big Night,’ ‘Magical Girl,’ and More

22 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (Douglas Tirola)

While the last few decades or so of National Lampoon’s output has been less than stellar, their influence through their humor magazine and films such as the original Vacation and Animal House can still be felt today. For those curious about the formation of the group and their rise to ubiquitous status, a »

- TFS Staff

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

18 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir, »

- Gina Carbone

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Best Royal Movies

17 April 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation by Cecil Beaton

This week marks the 90th birthday of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official birthday on the second Saturday in June. (Trooping of the Colours)

She is the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regent in world history.

Looking to celebrate her Majesty’s birthday? First, everyone rise for the national anthem of the United Kingdom.

God save our gracious Queen!

Long live our noble Queen!

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the Queen!

For more on the Queen’s schedule, visit the official site: www. »

- Movie Geeks

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Wamg Giveaway – Lady In The Van Blu-ray and Screenplay

13 April 2016 7:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“The Virgin Mary. I spoke to her yesterday. She was outside the post office.”

The Lady In The Van, the British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years, arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD April 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics film features the magnificent Maggie Smith (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), whose portrayal of Miss Mary Shepherd earned her a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Alex Jennings (Babel) heads the ensemble cast, along with James Corden (TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn), and Jim Broadbent (Brooklyn). The Lady In The Van was written by Oscar®-nominated playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) and directed by BAFTA and »

- Tom Stockman

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Fox Searchlight Signs First-Look Deal with ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Producer Damian Jones

23 March 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Damian Jones’ DJ Films, which recently wrapped principal photography on “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” which will be released by Fox Searchlight on July 1 in the U.K. and July 22 in North America, is based on the television series directed by Mandie Fletcher, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

Last year Jones produced the British comedy film “Dad’s Army,” directed by Oliver Parker, and “Lady in the Van,” directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Maggie Smith, who was nominated for both BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for her performance. Jones is developing “Goodbye Christopher Robin” with Steve Christian and director Simon Curtis.

Jones’ relationship with Fox Searchlight started with “The History Boys,” and continued through through “Belle” into “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” and “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures has a long and exciting history »

- Leo Barraclough

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Damian Jones signs first-look deal with Fox Searchlight

23 March 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British producer most recently worked on Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that Damian Jones, through his DJ Films outfit, and Fox Searchlight (UK) Ltd have signed a two-year, first-look deal.

Jones most recently completed principal photography on Fox Searchlight Pictures release Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, based on the hit British television series directed by Mandie Fletcher, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. The film is set for UK release on July 1 in the UK and July 22 in North America.

Jones said: “’I am thrilled to have this deal with the exceptional team at Fox Searchlight. From our relationship starting with The History Boys through Belle, into Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and the upcoming production, Goodbye Christopher Robin it only felt natural to formalise our desire to make more wonderful and diverse films together.”

Jones added that Ariadne Kotsaki will be joining DJ Films as Development Executive.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has a long »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Maggie Smith sees off Grimsby, big debuts for 10 Cloverfield Lane, Love Punjab

13 March 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Lady in the Van.

Maggie Smith beat all comers at the local box office last week, leaving upstarts Grimsby and Deadpool in her wake as The Lady in the Van pulled in more than $1.6 million over the weekend..

That's a mere twenty-one percent drop from last week. The film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, has now rung up $5.1 million in Australia in two weeks.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby was next best, debuting on 247 screens for and making more than $1.5 million.

Grimsby narrowly pipped Deadpool, now in its fifth week and going strong on 267 screens.

The Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero comedy dropped thirty-eight percent over the weekend, and is about to crack $40 million at the local Bo.

Paramount's 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams, debuted on 212 screens, with a per-cinema average of $6,489 - higher per-screen than The Lady in the Van, Deadpool and Grimsby.

The Dan Trachtenberg-directed thriller made »

- Harry Windsor

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Maggie Smith sees off Grimsby, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Love Punjab debut strongly

13 March 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Lady in the Van.

Maggie Smith beat all comers at the local box office last week, leaving upstarts Grimsby and Deadpool in her wake as The Lady in the Van pulled in more than $1.6 million over the weekend..

That's a mere twenty-one percent drop from last week. The film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, has now rung up $5.1 million in Australia in two weeks.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby was next best, debuting on 247 screens for and making more than $1.5 million.

Grimsby narrowly pipped Deadpool, now in its fifth week and going strong on 267 screens. The Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero comedy dropped thirty-eight percent over the weekend, and is about to crack $40 million at the local Bo.

Paramount's 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams, debuted on 212 screens, with a per-cinema average of $6,489 - higher per-screen than The Lady in the Van, Deadpool and Grimsby.

The Dan Trachtenberg-directed thriller made »

- Harry Windsor

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Sir Ken Adam obituary

11 March 2016 9:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Production designer of extravagant sets and gadgetry for the James Bond films

A good film production designer must be an architect, engineer, painter, decorator, draughtsman and visionary. Sir Ken Adam, who has died aged 95, was all of these and more. He had a knowledge of the arts in general, which he was able to use to recreate the scrupulously researched historical period of a movie, exemplified by his two Academy Awards for best art direction, both set in the 18th century: Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975), inspired by the English landscape and portrait paintings of the period, and Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George (1994).

It was Adam’s designs for seven James Bond movies, however, that made him probably the only production designer whose name and work are widely known. He provided the visual template for the 007 franchise in Dr No (1962), the first in the enduring action-adventure series. »

- Ronald Bergan

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James Bond, 'Dr. Strangelove' designer Sir Ken Adam dies aged 95

11 March 2016 3:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two-time Oscar winner Adam was the first production designer to receive a knighthood.

Sir Ken Adam, the two-time Oscar winning production designer known for his work on James Bond films of the 1960s and 70s, died Thursday [10 March] at his home in London.

In addition to his work on Bond films including Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, Adam was highly regarded for his iconic production design in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. Director Steven Spielberg described the film’s ‘War Room’ as the best film set ever built.

He was also known for designing the original car for 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [pictured below].

Adam won his first Oscar in 1976 for his work on Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, and his second in 1995 for Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness Of King George. He received three additional nominations for Around The World In 80 Days, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Addams Family Values.

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The Lady in the Van hits Blu-ray and Digital April 19

7 March 2016 10:10 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith is The Lady in the Van, on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD April 19!

The Lady In The Van, the British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years, arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD April 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics film features the magnificent Maggie Smith (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), whose portrayal of Miss Mary Shepherd earned her a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Alex Jennings (Babel) heads the ensemble cast, along with James Corden (TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn), and Jim Broadbent (Brooklyn). The Lady In The Van was written by Oscar®-nominated playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) and »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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DVD Review: Lady in the Van

7 March 2016 3:05 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ British director Nicholas Hytner returns to the work of playwright Alan Bennett for new film The Lady in the Van, an adaptation of Bennett's hit West End play of the same name. that Hytner also directed for the stage. Reprising her role from the original 1999 theatrical production, as well as the 2009 Radio 4 version, Maggie Smith stars as the titular lady, Miss Shepherd who - up until serial melodrama Downton Abbey came along - was perhaps her most iconic role. The film tells the 'mostly' true story of Bennett's (played once again by Alex Jennings) real life, strained relationship with one Mary Shepherd, an eccentric, cantankerous and hygienically uncouth homeless woman who, one day in the 1970s, rocks up in her van on a staunchly conservative residential street in the London Borough of Camden.

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Deadpool reigns, Maggie Smith pulls them in, three Aussie directors struggle

6 March 2016 2:58 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van.

Deadpool remains on top at the Australian box office after four weeks, ringing up $2.5 million over the weekend.

The profane superhero played by Ryan Reynolds appeared on 281 screens across the country. The Fox outing has now made $37.2 million overall.

The next best, and first among debutants, was The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith as a rather different kind of hero.

The film, directed by Nicholas Hytner and based on Alan Bennett's play about the vagrant who lived in his driveway for decades, took in close to $2.2 million in its first week.

WB's How To Be Single remained steady, dropping thirty-five percent to ring up $1.3 million over the weekend. The Rebel Wilson-starring comedy has now made over $8 million in Australian cinemas.

In its second week, the Coens' Hail, Caesar! dropped forty-seven percent to rake in $673,896, for a cume of close to $2.5 million. »

- Harry Windsor

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