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16 items from 2014


‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ Celebrates One Year In London’s West End

1 July 2014 3:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sam Mendes’ superb production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a musical production that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing twice now. Since its debut on the West End stage exactly a year ago, the show has been packing in delighted audiences night after night. With a rotating young cast, who are simply superb, and near perfect accompaniment from Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) and Barry James (Grandpa Joe), the show really is a must see if you’re in town with want of an unforgetable night out at the theatre.

I had the pleasure of joining in with the first birthday celebrations at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London  just the other night, and had the pleasure of attending the sugar-filled after party right afterwards. Take a look at some fantastic footage from the evening below, and also some interviews with the awesome cast.

Read our original review here. »

- Paul Heath

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TriStar Productions And BBC Films Greenlight The Lady In The Van Starring Maggie Smith

3 June 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has joined with BBC Films to greenlight The Lady In The Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir.

Dame Maggie Smith, the star of the Downton Abbey phenomenon, will reprise one of her most-loved stage roles for the big screen, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner.

The film tells the true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Smith, who will play the singular Miss Shepherd, will be joined by Alex Jennings (The Queen), who will play both Bennett and, with some movie magic, his alter ego, Ab.

The film will be Hytner’s first directorial outing after ending his massively successful decade at the head of the British National Theatre. »

- Michelle McCue

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Casting Net: Will Smith may tackle NFL concussion pic, more

3 June 2014 5:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Will Smith is reportedly in talks to star in an untitled NFL concussion drama for Sony. The story will be based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’ 2009 article “Game Brain” that was published in GQ. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is set to write and direct the pic, which is being described as a whistleblower tale similar to The Insider. Smith would play Dr. Bennet Omalu, according to the report. [Variety]

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) will star as Miss Shepherd in The Lady in the Van, which just got the greenlight at TriStar Productions, the studio announced Tuesday. The story is the true account of »

- Lindsey Bahr

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TriStar, BBC Films ready Lady in the Van

3 June 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October in London and the parties have earmarked release for the second half of 2015.

TriStar will distribute worldwide through the Sony pipeline while the BBC has taken the first TV window in the UK and made an additional investment in production costs. 

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore serve as executive producers.

Hytner and Bennett previously collaborated on The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions nascent slate includes Ricki And »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Maggie Smith for film adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van

3 June 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Maggie Smith is to star in the film adaptation of The Lady in the Van.

The play, written by Alan Bennett, is an autobiographical piece about an elderly lady who took refuge in the author's Camden garden and has been a hit in the West End.

TriStar Productions will partner with BBC Films for the movie, which will be written by Bennett and directed by Nicholas Hytner. The pair previously worked together on The History Boys.

The Downton Abbey actress will star as eccentric pensioner Miss Shepherd, who lived on Bennett's driveway for 15 years.

Meanwhile, Alex Jennings will play Bennett in the film, which is set to be released late next year.

Of the project, director Hytner said: "My collaboration with Alan Bennett has been at the centre of my creative life and this true story is perhaps his most compelling and remarkable.

"Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings are two of Britain's greatest actors, »

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TriStar, BBC Films line up Van

3 June 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October in London and the parties have earmarked release for the second half of 2015.

TriStar will distribute worldwide through the Sony pipeline while the BBC has taken the first TV window in the UK and made an additional investment in production costs. 

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore serve as executive producers.

Hytner and Bennett previously collaborated on The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions nascent slate includes Ricki And The Flash »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Maggie Smith Joins "Lady In The Van"

3 June 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in a feature film version of "The Lady In The Van" for TriStar Productions and BBC Films.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett's adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett's driveway and stayed there for 15 years.

Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab. Shooting is scheduled to begin in October in London for release late 2015.

Hytner, Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce.

Source: Screen »

- Garth Franklin

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Maggie Smith Will Be The Lady In The Van

3 June 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After playing the same part in an acclaimed West End play version, Dame Maggie Smith has agreed to take on the title role in the upcoming adaptation The Lady in the Van. Based on the memoir by Alan Bennett, the film will center on a woman named Miss Shepherd (Smith), “an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years.”

Alex Jennings, known best for his roles in The Queen and Babel, is set to play the Alan Bennett character, while Nicholas Hytner is attached to direct. Hytner previously helmed The Madness of King George, The Crucible and The History Boys for TriStar Productions, which is behind The Lady in the Van. The studio’s founder, Tom Rothman, said of the project:

“‘The Crucible,’ ‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘The History Boys »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Maggie Smith to Star in TriStar Adaptation of Hit Play ‘The Lady in the Van’

3 June 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dame Maggie Smith is driving her van to the big screen. The Oscar-winning actress will reprise her role in a film adaptation of the West End stage hit “The Lady in the Van,” a dramatization of writer Alan Bennett's memoir. Smith plays Miss Shepherd, “an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her broken down van in Bennett's London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years.” Also read: ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith Has Yet to Watch an Episode Alex Jennings will play the Bennett character, as well as his alter ego, Ab. The film, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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TriStar Productions Teams With BBC Films on Maggie Smith’s ‘Lady in the Van’

3 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has teamed with BBC Films to greenlight “The Lady in the Van” starring “Downton Abbey’s” Maggie Smith.

The pic is an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s West End hit with Smith reprising her role of Miss Shepherd.

The play was based on the true story of an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for the next 15 years. Alex Jennings will play Bennett.

Nicholas Hytner will direct from a script by Bennett. The two have previously teamed on “The Madness of King George” and “The History Boys.”

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce, along with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore will serve as executive producers.

TriStar won the film rights in a competitive situation and will distribute worldwide, with the BBC taking the first television window in »

- Justin Kroll

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Maggie Smith Will Be The Lady In The Van

3 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Director Nicholas Hytner and writer Alan Bennett have forged a fruitful collaboration through the years, particularly when they work together on Bennett’s stage plays. That has extended to cinema with The History Boys and the pair is looking to repeat the trick with an adaptation of The Lady In The Van, starring Maggie Smith.The actress, who has won a new gaggle of fans thanks to her caustic put-downs on Downtown Abbey, will reprise her role from the play on film, starring as Miss Shepherd. She’s based on a real eccentric who parked her van in Bennett’s Camden driveway and then lived there for 15 years. Hytner has Alex Jennings set to tackle the dual role of Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.The project, which has the backing of BBC Films and TriStar Productions, also features a reunion for the team that brought both History Boys and »

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BBC Unveil New Slate Ahead of Cannes Film Festival

14 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Though today marks the opening of Cannes, it’s one of the features that’s closing the festival which has since piqued our interests, as HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be at a special event hosted by the BBC, where they unveiled their new slate, with poignant drama Pride set to close the director’s fortnight at the prestigious, annual film festival.

That’s not all the BBC wanted to discuss, as Christine Langan, the Head of BBC Films, was thrilled to announce that they will be collaborating once more with Alan Bennett, reuniting the team behind The History Boys to bring us The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

Langan commented, “Our ambition is to be a creative hub enabling exciting British filmmakers to tell their stories. From Pride at Cannes through to today announcing The Lady in The Van with Alan Bennett, BBC Films »

- Stefan Pape

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BBC Films Unveils Lavish Film Slate Ahead of Cannes

9 May 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Before closing Cannes Directors' Fortnight with Matthew Warchus' "Pride," about gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher and starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming roster of star-studded films. BBC Films will continue their collaboration with playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett on the adaptation of his celebrated memoir "The Lady in the Van." This will reunite BBC Films with Bennett, Oscar-nominated in 1995 for "The Madness of King George," for the first time as a writer since "History Boys" in 2006. Starring Alex Jennings (as Bennett), "Lady" is based on his experiences with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a vagrant who lived in his driveway for 15 years, and it's directed by Nicholas Hytner. Director Pete Travis' "City of Tiny Lights" will also be produced by BBC Films. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, and written by Patrick Neate from his own novel, the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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BBC Films Boards Alan Bennett Memoir ‘The Lady in the Van’

9 May 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — BBC Films has boarded “The Lady in the Van,” which reunites the team behind “The History Boys.” The pic, which is an adaptation of playwright Alan Bennett’s memoir, will be directed by Nicholas Hytner. Producers are Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Hytner.

Pic stars Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, who plays Bennett. It is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her decrepit van outside his house and stayed for 15 years.

BBC Films also has revealed that it will be producing “City of Tiny Lights” with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, the film will be directed by Pete Travis, and adapted by Patrick Neate from his novel of the same name.

Ahmed will play cynical London private eye Tommy Akhtar, hired by Melody Chase (Cush Jumbo) to find her missing friend. His journey to uncover the truth leads him »

- Leo Barraclough

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BBC Films to adapt Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van

9 May 2014 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New feature, starring Maggie Smith, will reunite the team behind The History Boys. BBC Films to also produce crime drama City of Tiny Lights starring Riz Ahmed.

BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming slate ahead of Cannes, which highlights its ongoing strategy to develop new talent and bolster existing relationships with filmmakers. 

The slate is headlined by The Lady In The Van, an adaptation of the memoir of playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett.

Reuniting the team behind The History Boys, BBC Films and Bennett will be joined by Nicholas Hytner who will direct. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Nicholas Hytner will produce. 

Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Bennett, The Lady In The Van is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her clapped out old dormobile in his drive and stayed for 15 years.

BBC Films also revealed that they will be producing City of Tiny Lights with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto »

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

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Kevorkian lines up thriller Georgie

23 April 2014 1:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Johnny Kevorkian will direct psychological thriller Georgie, written by Craig Rutherford.

Gerry Maguire of Pins & Needles Media produces.

The story is described as a Polanski-esque thriller about a teenager in contemporary suburban England who is traumatised by a violent death in her youth.

Maguire will be in Cannes speaking to financiers and sales agents about Georgie, as well as the rest of the Pins & Needles slate.

The project is being readied for a late summer 2015 shoot; the script is now out to cast.

Kevorkian’s debut feature The Disappeared, a psychological horror thriller set on a London council estate and starring Harry Treadaway, Tom Felton, Greg Wise and Alex Jennings, was released by IFC in the Us and Soda Pictures in the UK.

Christina Pickworth at Imagine Talent represents Kevorkian. »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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