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18 items from 2014


Stake Out "Embrace Of The Vampire"

14 April 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage and images from director Anne Goursaud's restored 1995 horror feature "Embrace Of The Vampire", starring Alyssa Milano, now available for the first time on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment

The film was released alongside director the new "Embrace Of The Vampire" update, also available on Blu-ray.

Goursaud's original feature stars Milano, Martin Kemp, Jennifer Tilly and Charlotte Lewis:

"...'Charlotte' (Milano) is a beautiful college freshman nearing her 18th birthday. 

"Charlotte's boyfriend 'Chris' would like to take their relationship to the next level, but Charlotte isn't sure if she's ready.

"Meanwhile, Charlotte finds herself aggressively pursued by a mysterious new suitor (Kemp). What Charlotte doesn't know is that she's the reincarnation of a Transylvanian princess ... "

Bessai's "Embrace of the Vampire", available from Anchor Bay Films in a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack October 15, 2013, stars Sharon Hinnendael, Victor Webster, C.C. Sheffield, Tiio Horn and Robert Moloney:

"...'Charlotte' »

- Michael Stevens

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Indiewire Presents: From Richard Linklater to Alejandro Jodorwosky, These Are the Faces of SXSW 2014

26 March 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At this year's SXSW, Indiewire partnered with photographer Daniel Bergeron to produce a series of portraits with talent representing films -- and the best in TV -- screened at the festival. From Alejandro Jodorowsky to Spandau Ballet to Elijah Wood, this year's lineup brought together a cross-section of filmmakers, actors and musicians, all of whom were obsessed with the conceptualization of identity and memory.  In Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" -- an expressive drama about the relationship between a suicidal young man and his niece -- we are asked to explore the different dimensions of ourselves; who we are here and now. Whereas Jodorosky's "The Dance of Reality," and "Spandau Ballet," meditate on how we are remembered.  Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is perhaps cinema's most in-depth examination of what it means to create a sense of self, while Showtime's "Halt and Catch Fire" takes on an entire industry and »

- Shipra Gupta

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On the trail of a con man

22 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Richard John Taylor had no problem attracting investors to his films. After all, he was a senior editor on EastEnders, ran a production company with Louis Theroux and had a lucrative deal with ITV. There was only one problem…

At the end of Tina Renton's book, You Can't Hide, she thanks her friend Richard John Taylor for everything he's done for her. Taylor, a film-maker, had become a saviour of sorts. He had met her through Rape Crisis in August 2011 when she was at her most vulnerable, befriended her, gave her a job as his personal assistant and made her feel worthwhile again.

Renton's story was as inspirational as it was shocking. She had been abused by her stepfather from the age of six. At 14, she told her mother, but her mother said if she went to the police, the family would be left homeless. She threw her partner out of the house, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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On the trail of a con man

22 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard John Taylor had no problem attracting investors to his films. After all, he was a senior editor on EastEnders, ran a production company with Louis Theroux and had a lucrative deal with ITV. There was only one problem…

At the end of Tina Renton's book, You Can't Hide, she thanks her friend Richard John Taylor for everything he's done for her. Taylor, a film-maker, had become a saviour of sorts. He had met her through Rape Crisis in August 2011 when she was at her most vulnerable, befriended her, gave her a job as his personal assistant and made her feel worthwhile again.

Renton's story was as inspirational as it was shocking. She had been abused by her stepfather from the age of six. At 14, she told her mother, but her mother said if she went to the police, the family would be left homeless. She threw her partner out of the house, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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Clarissa Dickson Wright dies aged 66: Tributes and reactions

17 March 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Clarissa Dickson Wright has died at the age of 66, 15 years after the passing of her Two Fat Ladies co-star Jennifer Paterson.

The food and celebrity world has responded to the sad news, and Digital Spy rounds up just some of the tributes below.

Very saddened to hear about Clarissa Dickson Wright. She was always entertaining to watch and was of course a passionate foodie x

Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) March 17, 2014

Clarissa Dickson Wright Rip a true foodie, brilliant personality & will be sadly missed. 2 fat ladies and Floyd changed food TV for ever.

James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) March 17, 2014

Just read the sad news that Clarissa Dickson Wright has passed away. It was always a joy to be in her company. I hope she sleeps well x

— kate thornton (@k8_thornton) March 17, 2014

Goodbye Clarissa. A truly fabulous woman. Worked with her many times and it was always fun, at least for me. She had a towering intellect. »

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SXSW Interview: The Soul Boys of the Western World... Spandau Ballet!

12 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The '80s were an interesting time for music, especially in London, with fashion and politics often playing as large a part in a band's image as the notes they played. One such band was Spandau Ballet, who formed during the late '70s, but who didn't become big until they released their global hit "True." The band started to drift apart by the end of the '80s, leading to some disputes over royalties--guitarist Gary Kemp was the only credited writer on their songs--although a few members of the band tried to keep things going. Singer/frontman Tony Hadley and brothers Gary and Martin Kemp all remained present in various media, particularly television, but in 2009, the band reunited with the Kemps for a series of sold out British shows that generated new interest in a group »

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SXSW: Watch Live Interviews With Seth Rogen, Robert Duvall, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Kathryn Hahn and More (Video)

8 March 2014 11:34 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Scheduled To Appear: *Days subject to change Monday (tentative schedule, times in Cdt/Pdt): 11:00/9:00 a.m.: Ted Hope, Chris Kelly Fandor 11:15/9:15 a.m.: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Nacho Vigalondo “Open Windows” 11:30/9:30 a.m.: Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp Spandau Ballet 12:00 p.m./10:00 a.m.: Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei ”Honeymoon” 12:30 p.m./10:30 a.m.: Larry Abrahamson ”Frank” 1:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.: Shaq, “Shaq Fu 2″ 1:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.: Seth Rogen, Evan GoldbergNeighbors” 2:00/12:00 p..m.: Kerry Trainor Vimeo 2:20/12:20 p. »

- Wrap Staff

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Chance For Brit Films At Swsx As BFI Extends Funding Grant

6 March 2014 11:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

You may remember how in January the BFI (British Film Institute) launched a pilot scheme to help out Brit films at Sundance with Us distribution. Well, now this initiative has been extended to the upcoming film, music and arts SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

The scheme offers UK films without a Us distribution a budget of up to £25K to help with promotion and marketing. Three films have already benefited from the scheme at Sundance; Hong Khaou’s LiltingStuart Murdoch’s God Help The Girl and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s documentary about Nick Cave, 20, 000 Days On Earth all bagged a Us deal.

So which films might get lucky at SXSW? The potentials are all documentaries. First up there’s drugs cartel feature The Legend Of Shorty and coming of age exploration Beyond Clueless. The other three films explore British music, with the story of Edwyn Collins’ rehabilitation »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Tom Hardy set to play notorious British gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray

26 February 2014 4:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hardy, who stars as Elton John in a forthcoming biopic, may appear in thriller by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland

Tom Hardy to play Elton John

Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.

Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.

Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.

The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, »

- Ben Child

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Tom Hardy in talks to play both Kray twins

24 February 2014 4:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Tom Hardy in talks for thriller about notorious UK gangsters, from La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland; Working Title producing.

Working Title is the new home of a thriller about the Kray twins, written by Oscar-winning writer Brian Helgeland (La Confidential), who will also direct.

Tom Hardy is in talks to star as both brothers in Legend (working title), which will chart the tortured and unique relationship between gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, the identical twin brothers infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.

According to sources close to the British actor, the project is one of several The Dark Knight Rises star is considering. Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot in the UK later this year.

Working Title, whose recent features include Rush, About Time and Berlin title The Two Faces of January, is developing and producing the project.

The script takes in associates, rivals - such »

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

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Stake Out "Embrace Of The Vampire"

13 February 2014 6:58 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage and revealing images from director Anne Goursaud's restored 1995 horror feature "Embrace Of The Vampire", starring Alyssa Milano, available on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment

The film was released  alongside director Carl Bessai's 2013 "Embrace Of The Vampire" update, also available on Blu-ray.

Goursaud's original feature stars Milano, Martin Kemp, Jennifer Tilly and Charlotte Lewis:

"...'Charlotte' (Milano) is a beautiful college freshman nearing her 18th birthday. 

"Charlotte's boyfriend 'Chris' would like to take their relationship to the next level, but Charlotte isn't sure if she's ready.

"Meanwhile, Charlotte finds herself aggressively pursued by a mysterious new suitor (Kemp). What Charlotte doesn't know is that she's the reincarnation of a Transylvanian princess ... "

Bessai's "Embrace of the Vampire", available from Anchor Bay Films in a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack October 15, 2013, stars Sharon Hinnendael, Victor Webster, C.C. Sheffield, Tiio Horn and Robert Moloney:

"...'Charlotte' (Hinnendale) is »

- Michael Stevens

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Horizon: Man on Mars; Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades – TV review

10 February 2014 11:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Wasted muscles, psychological damage … and patchy Wi-Fi. We're not going to be ready to hit the ground running when we travel to Mars

When we abandon this increasingly useless planet and head, as surely we must, to Mars, there will be a few problems on arrival. It's not just that there is, as yet, no baggage reclaim, but rather that, after a 15-month flight across space, prey to radiation from solar flares, having recycled again and again our own urine and solid matter, we won't be ready to hit the ground running. In fact, our muscles and bones will have wasted so much during that 56m km journey that we will have to be carried from our landing craft and nursed until we recover the strength to stand upright.

In Alex Hearle's superb, if sexistly titled, Horizon: Man on Mars (BBC2), there was footage of enfeebled Russian cosmonauts »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Manifest introduce three at Efm

7 February 2014 1:57 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top Dog directed by Martin Kemp [pictured], Reign of the General and Red Billabong join growing slate.

Manifest Film Sales, a division of Intandem Media Group, are introducing three new films to international buyers at the Efm.

First up is Martin Kemp’s Top Dog, starring Leo Gregory and Ricci Harnett, which is currently in post-production. Universal has UK rights and will release in June.

Top Dog star Harnett’s Reign of the General (which he also wrote and stars in) is currently in pre-production and will commence principal photography at the start of March. Universal also holds the UK rights to the film that tells the story of underworld boss Carlton Leach.

Scheduled for a five-week shoot from late March on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Luke Sparke’s thriller Red Billabong stars Josh Helman and Lincoln Lewis and will feature the ‘bunyip’, a creature of legend that is said to hunt the Australian outback.

The three productions »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Manifest to introduce three at Efm

7 February 2014 1:57 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top Dog directed by Martin Kemp [pictured], Reign of the General and Red Billabong join growing slate.

Manifest Film Sales, a division of Intandem Media Group, are introducing three new films to international buyers at the Efm.

First up is Martin Kemp’s Top Dog, starring Leo Gregory and Ricci Harnett, which is currently in post-production. Universal has UK rights and will release in June.

Top Dog star Harnett’s Reign of the General (which he also wrote and stars in) is currently in pre-production and will commence principal photography at the start of March. Universal also holds the UK rights to the film that tells the story of underworld boss Carlton Leach.

Scheduled for a five-week shoot from late March on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Luke Sparke’s thriller Red Billabong stars Josh Helman and Lincoln Lewis and will feature the ‘bunyip’, a creature of legend that is said to hunt the Australian outback.

The three productions »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Berlin: Manifest Film Adds Trio of Pics to Sales Slate

6 February 2014 8:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Manifest Film Sales, a division of Intandem Media Group, has added “Top Dog,” “Reign of the General” and “Red Billabong” to its slate.

Top Dog,” directed by British multi-hyphenate Martin Kemp (“The Krays”), starring Leo Gregory (“Green Street Hooligans”) and Ricci Harnett (“28 Days Later”), is in post. Universal Pictures has U.K. rights and will release in June.

“Reign of the General,” with filming to start at the beginning of March, is written and directed by Harnett, who also stars. It’s the story of underworld boss Carlton Leach.

“Red Billabong,” set in the Australian Outback, starring Josh Helman (“Animal Kingdom”) and Lincoln Lewis (“Tomorrow When the War Began”), is skedded for a five-week shoot on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in late March.

Pic will feature the Bunyip, a creature of legend that is said to hunt in the Australian Outback, created with vfx house Cutting Edge.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Metro Int'l gets Spandau Ballet doc

4 February 2014 11:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards SXSW-bound doc about iconic 80s band.

Metro International has boarded sales on documentary Soul Boys of the Western World about iconic 1980s band Spandau Ballet, which is set to premiere at SXSW in March.

The archive film charts the rise, fall and reunion of the New Romantic group, comprising Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Steve Norman, John Keeble and Martin Kemp, which sold an estimated 20 million records worldwide.

The documentary, which debuts in SXSW’s 24 Beats Section, is directed by long-term Julien Temple collaborator George Hencken. Producers are Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney.

Metro International partner and head of sales Natalie Brenner told Screen: “We are very excited to have George Hencken’s entertaining and beautifully crafted documentary on our slate.

“It’s going to thrill the hordes of Spandau fans around the world but also delight anyone who harbors nostalgia for the 1980s music, fashion and culture.”

Brenner and Metro »

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Silent Witness tops Friday night ratings with more than 5m viewers

1 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Silent Witness was once again the highest-rated TV show outside of soaps on Friday night (January 31).

The final episode of the BBC drama series drew an average of 5.08 million viewers, representing a 22.9% audience share.

Earlier in the evening, The One Show attracted 4.26 million viewers (21%) at 7pm, while Room 101 with Michael Ball and Caroline Quentin reeled in 3.16m (13.6%) at 8.30pm.

The Graham Norton Show, which featured guests such as Dallas Buyers Club actor Matthew McConaughey, was seen by an average of 3.5 million viewers (25.4%) at 10.35pm, while a transfer deadline day edition of Football Focus picked up 1.19m (13%) at 11.25pm.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories with Martin Kemp was ITV's biggest ratings success outside of soaps, pulling in an average of 3.18m (14.3%) viewers at 9pm.

Meanwhile, approximately 2.87m (13.2%) tuned in to watch The Martin Lewis Money Show, which was sandwiched between two episodes of Coronation Street at 8pm.

Mastermind was BBC Two's highest rated show, »

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Martin Kemp reflects on brain tumour diagnosis: 'My wife was my rock'

29 January 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Martin Kemp has reflected on the trauma of being diagnosed with two brain tumours back in the 1990s.

Kemp stepped away from the spotlight in 1995 in order to undergo a series of major medical procedures, after noticing a lump on his scalp.

The actor has told Piers Morgan's Life Stories that having two brain tumours rather than one ultimately saved his life.

"When you know you've got a tumour in your head as big as [a grapefruit] you don't have to be told by anybody [that it's life or death]," he recalled.

Kemp went on to say: "There was a good side to it. Because I had two tumours. One on the outside of my head and one on the inside, which was growing in the middle of my brain.

"If they've never found this one [on my head], growing out, they wouldn't have found the one in the middle until it was too late, and that was the one that would have killed me. »

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