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Book to film adaptations by British authors

14 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now more than ever film studios are continually turning to books for inspiration. More audiences are likely to flock to cinemas to see their favourites novels hit the big screen. Over the years, book adaptations from a number of British authors have proven to be hugely successful. On the 22nd July, Roald Dahl’s Bfg will hit the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Bridge of SpiesMark Rylance, the film is set to be a summer hit. To celebrate the release, we’re taking a look at the best British book to film adaptations.

James Bond – Ian Flemming

Flemming created the fictional character of James Bond, a British Secret Service Agent in 1953. Bond was adapted for TV, radio, comic strips, video games, and most notably film. The franchise was hugely popular and is the longest running film series to date with twenty-four films. The franchise has made a massive cultural impact. »

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‘Sing Street’ Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: John Carney Talks Casting Two Young Leads

22 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s never easy to cast young actors, but when John Carney found Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton to play Conor Lalor and Raphina in his new film “Sing Street,” he struck gold. Set in inner-city Dublin in 1985, the film follows Conor as he enters Synge Street CBS, a free state school, after his parents can no longer afford to pay for his private school education. While Conor encounters bullies and pedophiles in the institution, he catches the eye of Raphina, a beautiful girl who sits across the street. In order to impress her, he tells her that he has a band and needs a model for a music video. Soon, Conor starts a band called Sing Street with other friends and the group starts writing and recording songs, all the while Conor and Raphina start to fall in love and contemplating leaving Ireland for better pastures. Watch an exclusive »

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Jurassic Park 4: the versions that never were

27 June 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Since life finds a way, Jurassic Park 4 was eventually made under the title Jurassic World. But many ideas floated around beforehand...

Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.

Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...

Early ideas stage

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Deadpool 2 Begins Shooting in Early 2017

24 June 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Long before Deadpool set the box office on fire with a record breaking opening weekend of $132.4 million, the highest ever for an R-rated movie, there was already talk of Deadpool 2. Rumors surfaced that the studio was planning on swapping out their planned Fantastic Four 2 sequel in favor of a Deadpool follow-up. After becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie ever, we know the sequel is coming, but we don't know exactly when. During the Saturn Awards last night, however, producer Simon Kinberg dropped a big hint.

Collider caught up with producer Simon Kinberg, who revealed that original Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are finishing up work on the script. Unfortunately, he wouldn't divulge any story details. But he did say when they hope to start shooting.

"The guys are working on the script and we hope to have a script very soon. We hope to shoot the movie »

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Brexit Fallout: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ and Oscar Favorites Could Face Trouble

24 June 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Update: “Game of Thrones” producers have told Entertainment Weekly that the Brexit vote will not affect production on the HBO series.]

Brexit has already brought crashing markets and Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. It’s reasonable to believe that the financing and production of the biggest TV and film productions could soon follow suit. Here’s a breakdown of the major categories that could feel the impact.

Large Hollywood Productions

The Star Wars franchise is one of many blockbusters that shoots at Pinewood, a top-notch UK soundstage. “Game of Thrones” makes great use of the green field of Northern Ireland.  “Outlander” creates it’s magical universe in Scottish castles and countrysides.  All told, Hollywood sends 10%-12% of its productions — and billions of dollars — to the UK.

Hollywood is attracted to shoot in the U.K. because of tax incentives which save 25% on up to 80% of total production costs.  These rebates are now in jeopardy due to Brexit. It is possible that the British government could decide to continue these incentives on their own. »

- Chris O'Falt

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What's Brexit, Anyway? All About the U.K.'s Vote to Leave the European Union - And Why It Matters to Americans

23 June 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Today, Britons head to the polls for a referendum on whether they'll remain in the European Union. It's a history-making vote that the British have nicknamed "Brexit." But what is a "Brexit?" And why should those of us across the pond care? First off, let's cover the basics. What is a Brexit?A Brexit is shorthand for "British exit" from the European Union. If Britons choose to leave - to Brexit - it will be monumental. No country has ever left the EU before. Trade deals will take years to renegotiate. The U.K.'s currency, the pound sterling, would »

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EU Referendum: Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote

22 June 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.

Heavyweight figures in the film and TV business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

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Some 23 major producers have co-signed a letter to industry, arguing that remaining in the EU was the “right thing to do for our industry”.

The King’s Speech and Top Of The Lake producer Iain Canning, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Big Talk’s Nira Park, Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson and Monumnetal duo Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, have all signed the letter.

They highlighted that the EU’s Media and Creative Europe Programme had delivered £100m to UK producers in the past 10 years, which has helped support thousands of creative and technical jobs nationwide.

They noted that one benefit of being a member of the EU was that »

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Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote

22 June 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.

Heavyweight figures in the film and TV business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

Full letter below

Some 23 major producers have co-signed a letter to industry, arguing that remaining in the EU was the “right thing to do for our industry”.

The King’s Speech and Top Of The Lake producer Iain Canning, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Big Talk’s Nira Park, Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson and Monumnetal duo Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, have all signed the letter.

They highlighted that the EU’s Media and Creative Europe Programme had delivered £100m to UK producers in the past 10 years, which has helped support thousands of creative and technical jobs nationwide.

They noted that one benefit of being a member of the EU was that »

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Hollywood’s UK Community Debates Brexit: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

21 June 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Britain doesn’t have to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but our friends across the pond are nevertheless faced with a hugely significant political decision of their own. Thursday’s vote on Brexit — the colloquial name given to the United Kingdom’s upcoming vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union — is a divisive issue, of course, with the husband of slain MP Jo Cox saying that the 41-year-old politician was murdered because of her strong political beliefs. The Economist currently tracks the polls at 44 percent in favor of remaining (or “bremaining”), 43 percent hoping to leave (“brexit”) and 11 percent undecided.

Read More: ‘A United Kingdom’ to Open BFI London Film Festival, Boosting Awards Chances

The divide doesn’t appear to be as sharp in the film industry, however, with more than 250 British celebrities (Patrick Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Steve McQueen »

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Keira Knightley on EU referendum: 'It only takes five seconds to mark X'

14 June 2016 1:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor has recorded a video for We Are Europe aimed at getting younger people to vote

Keira Knightley has recorded a 30-second video to urge younger voters to participate in the EU referendum.

Related: Begin Again director apologises to Keira Knightley: 'I'm ashamed of myself'

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- Benjamin Lee

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Four UK financiers found guilty in major film fraud case

7 June 2016 3:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Estimated £100m ($145m) of tax repayments claimed through fraudulent film investment scheme.

Four UK film executives have been found guilty of operating a fraudulent film investment scheme that was used to claim an estimated £100m ($145m) of tax repayments.

The men were found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court after they were shown to have falsely claimed to have invested £275m ($400m) in feature films and used offshore companies to hide their activities, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

The four executives comprise former Little Wing Films partners Charles Savill and Keith Hayley; Robert Bevan, a former co-director at film sales company Salt; and Monaco-based accountant and corporate services provider Norman Leighton.

More than 275 investors contributed more than £76m ($110m) to the scheme, according to Hm Revenue & Customs. The scheme used tax breaks to attract investment from footballers, investment bankers and a pop star.

The men claimed to have spent more than £250m ($365m) on pre-production and development »

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

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10 Famous People You Probably Didn’t Know Were In Star Wars

2 June 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Star Wars has always been able to attract the great and the good. Even before the saga was a surefire hit, the first film managed to nab respected thespian Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (despite the actor’s infamous indifference towards the material).

This has only continued over the decades as more of Hollywood’s finest have become fans of the franchise and are now clambering to appear in it. This came to a head in The Force Awakens, which contains more celebrity cameos than you can shake a lightsaber at.

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Alternatively, the series has been lucky enough to cast some future stars before they got famous. The most commonly known example of this is Keira Knightley, who appeared in The Phantom Menace at the age of 12 as the decoy of Queen Amidala.

There are plenty more where Keira came from, though, and here »

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How Michael Bay Responded To Those Kate Beckinsale Allegations

2 June 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It’s been quite a week for airing cinematic grievances. John Crawley has now backtracked on his comments disparaging working with Keira Knightley on Begin Again, while Kate Beckinsale also made some rather unsavoury comments about Pearl Harbor director Michael Bay, too. However, now Michael Bay has come and insisted that all is still good between himself and the actress, explaining that Kate Beckinsale’s quotes were just spun by the dastardly media. The Rock, Bad Boys 2 and Transformers blockbuster director took to his own website to reveal that he and Kate Beckinsale have already laughed over the online kerfuffle, insisting that it’s just a "funny story" that has been blown out of proportion. Michael Bay wrote about the pair now being enemies: Well, totally untrue. Kate and I are friendly. She is a fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her »

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Bond's female director rumour and the Keira apology – the Dailies film podcast

2 June 2016 5:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Guardian film team’s round-up of Thursday’s movie news

Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: reports suggest that The Night Manager director Susanne Bier could be in charge of Bond’s next adventure and how does John Carney’s apology to Keira Knightley rank in comparison to other celebrity sorries?

Follow us on Twitter (GuardianFilm, Henry, Ben, Catherine, Andrew and producer Rowan) and check out our Facebook page. Comment on the show below.

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- Presented by Henry Barnes with Benjamin Lee and produced by Rowan Slaney

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Begin Again Director Apologizes for Keira Knightley Criticism: 'I'm Ashamed of Myself'

1 June 2016 6:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Begin Again director John Carney is hoping he can do just that when it comes to his relationship with Keira Knightley. Carney, who directed the actress in the 2013 musical romantic comedy, is apologizing for questioning Knightley's acting ability in a recent interview with The Independent. The director called his comments "petty, mean and hurtful" in a typed statement posted to Twitter. "I'm ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I've been trying to account for what they say about me. In trying to pick holes in my work, I ended up blaming someone else," he wrote, adding, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Begin Again Director Apologizes for Keira Knightley Criticism: 'I'm Ashamed of Myself'

1 June 2016 6:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Begin Again director John Carney is hoping he can do just that when it comes to his relationship with Keira Knightley. Carney, who directed the actress in the 2013 musical romantic comedy, is apologizing for questioning Knightley's acting ability in a recent interview with The Independent. The director called his comments "petty, mean and hurtful" in a typed statement posted to Twitter. "I'm ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I've been trying to account for what they say about me. In trying to pick holes in my work, I ended up blaming someone else," he wrote, adding, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Hump Day Link Night

1 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Vanity Fair Brie Larson reportedly frontrunner to play Captain Marvel. I'll believe that movie when I see it.

Boy Culture 90 things Marilyn Monroe would have done if she'd lived to be 90 today

The Playlist Susanne Bier, the Oscar winning Danish director of Brothers and After the Wedding fame, is rumored to be in the running to direct the next Bond film

Screencraft Do professional readers only read the first ten pages of each screenplay in their stacks? If you're an aspiring screenwriter you should read this.

Variety Jake Gyllenhaal to star in The Division, an adaptation of a video game

 

People Archives Mark Harris pointed us to this amazing profile of Sandy Dennis, Oscar-winner and crazy cat lady from 1989 

Vox has a detailed analysis and cool sortable list of all major TV characters who died this season, As per usual they're still killing off minorities in disproportionate numbers. Out of »

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Director shows real honesty & admits insecurity caused him to blast Keira Knightley

1 June 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Director John Carney's new musical Sing Street has critics swooning. The Sundance darling currently stands at 97% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but that's not what has the Once helmer in the public eye this week. In a recent interview with The Independent Carney criticized Keira Knightley's work ethic. Saying that, “Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.” Adding that his takeaway from the experience was that he'd "never make a film with supermodels again." The actress co-starred with Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine in Carney's Begin Again in 2013.  Carney has since come forward with a refreshingly honest and unrestrained apology. “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me,” the director reflected in a statement. Here's what really stands out »

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Begin Again director apologises to Keira Knightley: 'I'm ashamed of myself'

1 June 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Carney goes back on negative comments made about working with the two-time Oscar nominee on Begin Again by issuing an apology on Twitter

The Irish film-maker John Carney has issued an apology, days after publicly criticising Keira Knightley during an interview with the Independent. Carney worked with the actor on his hit 2013 romantic comedy, Begin Again, and had described her in the interview as a “supermodel”, adding that she hadn’t got the essence of her character, a singer-songwriter, and was constantly surrounded by an entourage.

On Twitter, Carney posted a screenshot of a typed statement saying: “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me. In trying to pick holes in my work, I ended up blaming someone else.”

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Director John Carney Apologizes for ''Petty'' Keira Knightley Comments: ''I'm Ashamed of Myself''

1 June 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

John Carney is regretting some not-so-nice remarks he made about Keira Knightley, and now he's trying to make amends. The Begin Again director penned an apology, which was posted on social media today, after receiving some backlash for criticizing the actress' talent during an interview with The Independent. "I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful," he wrote. "I'm ashamed of myself that I can say such things and I've been trying to account what they say about me. In trying to pick holes in my own work, I ended up blaming someone else. That's not only bad directing, that's shoddy behaviour that I'm not in any way proud of. It's arrogant »

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