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Dev Patel to Star in ‘The Wedding Guest’ From Michael Winterbottom (Exclusive)

Dev Patel to Star in ‘The Wedding Guest’ From Michael Winterbottom (Exclusive)
British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom has cast Dev Patel as the lead in his next film “The Wedding Guest.”

The film is largely set in India. Winterbottom has met actors in Mumbai and is currently scouting locations, but has not yet revealed plot details.

Variety spoke with Winterbottom at the Kolkata International Film Festival where he is part of a British Council delegation. A retrospective of Winterbottom’s films, including “Welcome to Sarajevo” and “The Road to Guantanamo,” is drawing sellout crowds.

Winterbottom’s Revolution Films will produce alongside London- and Los Angeles-based Riverstone Pictures. Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower founded Riverstone in 2014 with the backing of India’s Reliance Entertainment. The company currently has Raja Gosnell’s “Show Dogs,” and Annabel Jankel’s “Tell It to the Bees” in production.
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Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel

Anna Paquin in the upcoming miniseries “Alias Grace”: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Oscar winner Anna Paquin is switching from one period project to another. The “True Blood” star, who will next be seen in Sarah Polley’s “Alias Grace” miniseries on Netflix, has signed on to star in “Tell it to the Bees” alongside Holliday Grainger (“My Cousin Rachel”), Deadline reports. “D.O.A.” director Annabel Jankel will helm the project, an adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.

Paquin will portray Dr. Jean Markham, a woman who returns home to run her late father’s medical practice. “When a school-yard scuffle lands young Charlie (newcomer Gregor Selkirk) in her office, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and to tell his secrets to the bees as she once did,” Deadline summarizes. “The friendship between the boy and the doctor brings his mother Lydia (Grainger) into Jean’s world. The women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and which Lydia could never have expected. But in 1950s small-town Britain, the secret won’t stay hidden forever.”

“Tell it to the Bees” will co-star Kate Dickie (Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge”), Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”), Emun Elliott (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), and Steven Robertson (“T2: Trainspotting”).

Principal photography has already kicked off in Scotland.

Sisters and collaborators Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth (“Dixi,” “Fresh Meat”) wrote the screenplay for “Tell it to the Bees,” which Jankel describes as “an unholy mash-up of 1950s social and magical realism.”

Jankel is producing the project alongside Daisy Allsop, Nick Hill, and Nik Bower. Alison Owen, Lizzie Francke, Sunny Vohra, Deepak Nayar, and Ben Roberts serve as EPs.

Paquin’s recent projects include “Bellevue,” the Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell-created CBC crime drama centered around the disappearance of a transgender teen. Besides “Alias Grace,” you can catch her next in “The Parting Glass,” a drama following a grieving family as they travel to collect their late sister’s belongings.

Grainger appears next in the Alicia Vikander-led romance “Tulip Fever,” out August 25.

Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Filming underway on Tell It to the Bees starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger

Motion Picture Capital, BFI and Creative Scotland have announced that filming is now underway on Tell It to the Bees, an adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s critically acclaimed romance novel, which stars Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Holiday Grainger (My Cousin Rachel).

The film is being directed by Annabel Jankel (Live from Abbey Road, Skellig: The Owl Man) and features a supporting cast that includes Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) Emun Elliot (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Steven Robertson (Doctor Who), Lauren Lyle (Outlander) and newcomer Gregor Selkirk. Here’s the official synopsis…

Dr Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager, to take over her estranged late father’s Gp surgery. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her office, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The
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Anna Paquin Joins U.K. Movie ‘Tell It To The Bees’

Anna Paquin Joins U.K. Movie ‘Tell It To The Bees’
Anna Paquin has joined “Tell It To The Bees,” the movie adaptation of the 2009 Fiona Shaw novel.

The film is set in 1950s Britain and the “True Blood” star Paquin will play Dr. Jean Markham as she returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. She finds herself attracted to the mother of a patient, played by Holiday Grainger, prompting a secret romance between the two.

Paquin’s recent work includes Wgn drama “Bellevue,” and she will be in in Netflix’s upcoming Margaret Atwood adaptation “Alias Grace.”

Principal photography on “Tell It The Bees” is now underway in Scotland, and additional cast includes include Kate Dickie (“Game of Thrones”), Emun Elliott (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Steven Robertson (“T2: Trainspotting”), Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”), and Gregor Selkirk.

Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have adapted the novel for the big screen. Annabel Jankel is directing.
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Anna Paquin boards UK lesbian romance 'Tell It To The Bees'

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Anna Paquin boards UK lesbian romance 'Tell It To The Bees'
Filming is underway in Scotland on BFI, Creative Scotland backed project.

Anna Paquin has boarded Tell It To The Bees, the BFI and Creative Scotland backed period romance which is now shooting on location in Scotland.

As previously announced, Holliday Grainger will also star in the project and Film Constellation will handle sales.

Also joining the cast is Kate Dickie, Emun Elliott, Steven Robertson, Lauren Lyle and newcomer Gregor Selkirk.

Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have written the screenplay, which is adapted from Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name, and Annabel Jankel is directing.

The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, played by Grainger, and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice, played by Paquin.

Producers are Daisy Allsop, Nick Hill, Annabel Jankel, Nik Bower. Executive Producers are Deepak Nayar, Alison Owen, the BFI
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Anna Paquin Joins Lesbian Romance 'Tell It to the Bees'

Anna Paquin Joins Lesbian Romance 'Tell It to the Bees'
True Blood star Anna Paquin has boarded Tell It to the Bees, the period romance that has now started shooting on location in Scotland.

The film — based on Fiona Shaw's 2009 novel of the same name — also stars Holliday Grainger (Tulip Fever, Cinderella), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Emun Elliott (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Steven Robertson (T2: Trainspotting), Lauren Lyle (Outlander) and newcomer Gregor Selkirk.

Annabel Jankel is directing from a screenplay by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth.

Set in 1950s small-town Britain, Tell It to the Bees chronicles a lesbian romance between a single mother (Grainger) who is...
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Anna Paquin Will ‘Tell It To The Bees’ With Holliday Grainger In Period Romance

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Anna Paquin Will ‘Tell It To The Bees’ With Holliday Grainger In Period Romance
Principal photography is just getting underway in Scotland on the Annabel Jankel-directed Tell It To The Bees with Anna Paquin boarding to star opposite Holliday Grainger. The period romance is based on British author Fiona Shaw’s novel that Jankel (Max Headroom, D.O.A.) calls “an unholy mash-up of 1950s social and magical realism.” Paquin plays Doctor Jean Markham who returns to her hometown to take over her late father’s practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands young…
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Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson’s thoughts on Resident Evil reboots and sequels

The video game movie industry is in a renaissance at the moment. The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hit last year, and Warcraft made an incredible amount of money from the Chinese market alone. Since then we’ve seen adaptations of Tomb Raider and Rampage go into production, as well as more and more video game movies being be announced.

With Paul W.S. Anderson bowing out of the movie series he created with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin Films announced over the weekend they were rebooting the franchise with James Wan producing a six-film series. While there were a few shocked reactions from fans, producer Samuel Hadida had hinted in 2012 that he wanted to reboot the franchise at some point, because that is the nature of Hollywood.

Released this coming July, Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made details the behind-the-scenes stories of
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Holliday Grainger boards 'Tell It To The Bees' with Film Constellation

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Holliday Grainger boards 'Tell It To The Bees' with Film Constellation
Exclusive: Alison Owen to exec produce period romance.

Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre) will star in Tell It To The Bees, director Annabel Jankel’s period romance which has Alison Owen onboard as executive producer.

The project has been developed by the BFI with National Lottery funding. Producers are Daisy Allsop and Nick Hill along with Film i Vast and Filmgate Films.

Film Constellation has boarded sales on the project and is introducing to buyers in Cannes.

Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have written the screenplay, their feature debut, which is adapted from Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.

The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, played by Grainger, and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice, a role which is still being cast.
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The Pain and Gain of Making Video Game Movies

The Pain and Gain of Making Video Game Movies
In 1993, an Oscar-nominated producer, the biggest video game company in the world, and the most famous plumbers of all time teamed up for a movie. What could possibly go wrong with a big-screen adaptation of Super Mario Bros.?

As it turned out, quite a lot.

First-time directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel oversaw a fraught production of the first big-budget video game movie, which would go on to be one of the most infamous bombs of the '90s and would even see stars Bob Hoskins (Mario) and Dennis Hopper (the villain, King Koopa) later disavow the project. 

"It was a really complicated...
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Super Mario Bros movie: director looks back on what went wrong

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Co-director Rocky Morton on where he thinks 1993's Super Mario Bros movie, starring Bob Hoskins, went wrong...

Nintendo is only now cautiously exploring bringing more of its characters to the movies, and part of the reason is arguably given how it got its fingers burnt with 1993’s notorious Super Mario Bros movie. It would be fair to say that Nintendo was not happy with the movie. At all.

But then even through some form of rose-tinted specs, Super Mario Bros is not a good film, and time, if anything, has been unkinder to it. In a new interview with SciFi Now, co-director Rocky Morton – who made the film with Annabel Jankel - has been looking back at why he think it went wrong.

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’ ginal] script was the script that Annabel and I wanted to make”, he said. “It was a different script,
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The director of 'Super Mario Bros.' just gave a delicious tell-all interview about making the infamous flop

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The director of 'Super Mario Bros.' just gave a delicious tell-all interview about making the infamous flop
In the summer of 1993, Super Mario Bros. was greeted by awful reviews and grossed just $20 million at the box office on a budget of $48 million. Though the film was praised by many critics for its visual flair, the script was almost universally panned. Wrote James Berardinelli: "As everyone knows, arcade-style diversions are not known for strong, original narratives or well-developed characters. In that sense, this film is worthy of its inspiration." Ouch! Now, co-director Rocky Morton (who helmed the film alongside his creative partner and future wife Annabel Jankel) has spoken out on the "harrowing" experience of directing the video game adaptation in an interview with SciFiNow (via Uproxx). He's not kidding! Here are a few highlights from the conversation, which you can and should read in full here. 1. They cast Bob Hoskins as Mario because he was "available" (but really wanted Danny De Vito). "Danny De Vito turned us down.
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NXPress #32: ‘Typoman’ plus the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie and ‘Animal Crossing’

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Back in 1993, director Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel were given the tough task of converting a non-narrative Nintendo video game into a motion picture. That movie of course is Super Mario Bros. and it’s the first live-action video game movie ever made. It is also not very good and this week the NXpress team set aside some time to discuss this strange beast. During our main event, we review Typoman, a two-dimensional puzzle platformer distinguished by a unique game world. You slip into the role of the Hero struggling to make your way through a dark, surreal world. Despite your small stature you have a powerful gift: You can use letters to alter your environment! And finally, Tim gives us his long awaited review of Animal Crossing amiibo Festival for the WiiU. All this and more!

*Also, as promised, our Mario Maker levels! Let us know what you think!
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Videodrome: how Cronenberg subverts the noir thriller genre

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David Cronenberg's Videodrome isn't just a classic sci-fi horror, but also a brilliant noir thriller. Ryan explains why...

Everything in Max Renn’s life is beginning to pulsate. First the Betamax videotape sent to him by one Bianca O’Blivion, which seems to breathe in his hand as he removes it from its beige packaging. Then Max’s television, squatting in the corner of his apartment, appears take on a life of its own: veins twitching, the screen bulging to the sound of a woman’s voice: “Come to me, Max. Come to me...”

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, released in 1982, is loaded with violent and startling imagery like this. Like Apocalypse Now, its very narrative seems to disintegrate as its morally suspect protagonist Max Renn (James Woods) embarks on a journey into his own heart of darkness: a fascination with the origins of a video signal soon leads him to a world of corruption,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

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Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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‘Ace Attorney’ is king among game-to-movie adaptations

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Ace Attorney

Written by Takeharu Sakurai & Sachiko Ōguchi

Directed by Takashi Miike

Japan, 2012

I’ll come right out and say it: Takashi Miike’s Ace Attorney, based on the first entry of the popular Capcom video game series, is the single-best cinematic adaptation of a video game property of all time. Now some of the more snide readers out there will no doubt think that this a pretty low bar to clear. There’s at least a partial truth to that: the current all-time champion of video game (henceforth Vg) movie critical acclaim is 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, coming in at a cool 44% on Rotten Tomatoes (not that the Rt metric is reflective of quality in any capacity, but that’s another discussion for another time). While the movie was a watershed moment from a technical standpoint (it had some of the most impressively detailed CGI in movie
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'Super Mario Bros.' Animated Movie Is Happening at Sony

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'Super Mario Bros.' Animated Movie Is Happening at Sony
21 years after the disastrous Super Mario Bros. live-action movie flopped at the box office, Sony Pictures is pursuing the video game property, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad trying to secure the distribution rights from Nintendo. BuzzFeed initially reported that the producer had closed a deal for the movie rights, information which was obtained through emails leaked from the Sony hack, but Avi Arad responded in an email that negotiations with Nintendo are "just the beginning." In an October 23 email to Sony's Amy Pascal, Avi Arad stated, "I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]."

Amy Pascal later forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony-based Tri-Star Pictures, stating that Avi Arad "closed" Mario Bros. and that it would be an animated feature. In another email, Amy Pascal suggested that Genndy Tartakovsky should direct the new Super Mario Bros. film, stating, "It's soooo perfect for him.
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Interview: Rocky Morton, 'Super Mario Bros.'

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The name Rocky Morton may not be familiar with many of today's film fans, but in the late 80s he was the co-creator (along with Annabel Jankel) of the cutting edge and hugely popular transatlantic satirical television series, Max Headroom (1987-1988). Martin and Jankel went on to co-direct Denis Quaid and Meg Ryan in D.O.A (1998) before being offered the chance of a lifetime directing the video game adaptation of Super Mario Bros. (1993). Unfortunately the film failed to impress critics, bombed at the box office and became renowned for its tumultuous behind-the-scenes exploits. Now re-released on DVD and Bu-ray (you can read our review here), we recently spoke with Morton about his experiences on the film.
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Blu-ray Review: 'Super Mario Bros'

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★☆☆☆☆One of the earlier attempts to forge a creative and commercial symbiosis between the gaming and cinematic world, Super Mario Bros (1993) still stands out as a prime example of what not to do when trying to construct a watertight feature-length narrative on the foundations of a simplistic platform game. Effectively killing the filmmaking career of husband and wife directorial team Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (known for 1985's Max Headroom), the duo's approach of throwing everything at the screen and seeing what sticks results in a bloated, headache-inducing mess with little to engage anyone, even the intended demographic.
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‘Super Mario Bros.’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha Mathis, Dennis Hopper, Fisher Stevens, Richard Edson, Fiona Shaw, Dana Kaminski, Mojo Nixon, Gianni Russo, Francesca P. Roberts, Lance Henriksen | Written by Parker Bennett, Terry Runte, Ed Solomon | Directed by Rocky Morton, Annabel Jankel

Let’s be honest, Super Mario Bros: The Movie is not a great movie. It’s not even a great video game adaptation. As a movie-loving teen the film was high on my must-see radar, so imagine my disappointment when I eventually saw the film on VHS… However since then I’ve come to appreciate the film for the bizarre Sf-tinged adventure movie that it is, rather than an adaptation of my all-time favourite video game franchise.

A critical and commercial failure on it’s original 1993 release, Super Mario Bros: The Movie has, in the intervening years, become something of a cult classic. So much so that the out-of-print DVD
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