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Looking back at Yes Minister/Yes, Prime Minister

Juliette Harrisson Jun 8, 2017

As the nation goes to the polls, we revisit two political comedy classics, now available on Netflix UK...

Yes Minister/Yes, Prime Minister was a BBC sitcom that ran for five series and one special between 1980 and 1988. It starred Paul Eddington as the Right Honourable James Hacker MP (later Prime Minister), Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, Permanent Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Affairs (later Cabinet Secretary) and Derek Fowlds as Bernard Woolley, Principal Private Secretary to the Minister for Administrative Affairs (later Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister). It was written by Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and was a favourite show of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Technically, it was two shows: the original Yes Minister and a sequel series called Yes, Prime Minister. However, while there are some obvious differences between the
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Alice Eve, Emile Hirsch, Vanessa Hudgens, Hugh Bonneville and David Koechner sign up for The Pre-Nup

Universal Pictures has announced that Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor), Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and David Koechner (Krampus) have signed up to star in the romantic comedy The Pre-Nup.

The film, which is being sold at the Berlin Film Festival, will be written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, and explores “what happens when an American groom suggests to his British bride the night before their wedding that they should consider a pre-nuptial agreement, a press release explained.”

“Jonathan has packed The Pre-Nup with tons of laughs, romance, and characters that are at once so maddening and lovable you can’t help but be hooked,” said Jamie Carmichael of Content Media Corporation. “Following in the tradition of great romantic comedies like Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Proposal, The Pre-Nup is a wholly original romantic comedy of errors about what
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Alice Eve, Emile Hirsch and Vanessa Huygens sign The Pre-Nup

Actors Alice Eve, Emile Hirsch and Vanessa Hudgens have signed up to star in writer/ director Jonathan Lynn’s The Pre-Nup. Lynn is the man responsible for the likes of My Cousin Vinny and The Whole Nine Yards, so expect heaps of comedy in the new film, which also has the likes of Hugh Bonneville, David Koecher and Sebastian Maniscalco amongst the cast.

In the film, Zac (Hirsch) is a well-to-do American investment banker, who couldn’t be more thrilled when he gets engaged to Alice (Eve), a British ex-pat and aspiring novelist. But as soon as the happy news trickles down to his friends and family, trouble flares up. Zac’s father is a former rock star and notorious womanizer who pays more alimony than most lawyers in Beverly Hills put together. With this in mind, he insists that Zac have Alice sign a pre-nup, or he’ll cut
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Alice Eve, Emile Hirsch, Vanessa Hudgens To Star In Jonathan’s Lynn’s The Pre-nup

Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Men in Black 3,” “Sex and the City 2”), Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “Lone Survivor”), and Vanessa Hudgens (“Sucker Punch”, “Spring Breakers”), David Koechner (“Anchorman 1& 2”, “Extract”) and rising comedy star Sebastian Maniscalco will star in the romantic comedy ‘The Pre-Nup”, directed and written by Jonathan Lynn (“Nuns On The Run,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “The Whole Nine Yards”) and sold in Berlin by Content Media Corporation.

Eve, Emile, Vanessa, David and Sebastian join Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey,” “Notting Hill”) in the Jeanna Polley (“The Politician’s Wife,” “Laws of Attraction”) produced film, which is expected to start shooting in June in the UK.

The Pre-Nup” follows the hilarious consequences of an American groom suggesting to his British bride that they should get a pre-nuptial agreement… the night before their wedding.

Zac (Hirsch) is a well-to-do American investment banker, who couldn’t be more thrilled
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Emile Hirsch, Alice Eve and Vanessa Hudgens join 'The Pre-Nup'

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Exclusive: Jonathan Lynn will direct the romantic comedy.

Emile Hirsch [pictured], Alice Eve and Vanessa Hudgens have joined rom-com The Pre-Nup for My Cousin Vinny and The Whole Nine Yards director Jonathan Lynn.

David Koechner and rising comedy star Sebastian Maniscalco have also come on board to join previously announced Hugh Bonneville.

Content Media president of film Jamie Carmichael and executive vice-president of sales and distribution Jonathan Ford are leading worldwide sales efforts at this week’s European Film Market (Efm).

Production is set for June in the UK on the story of an American investment banker whose womanising father pressures him into suggesting a pre-nuptial agreement to his fiancée on the eve of their wedding.

The alarmed young woman fights back, determined to negotiate ever details of their life together. Lynn wrote the screenplay and Jeanna Polley is the producer.

“Jonathan has packed The Pre-Nup with tons of laughs, romance, and characters
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The Internecine Project

The Internecine Project


Kino Lorber Classics

1974 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date January 3, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: James Coburn, Lee Grant, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Michael Jayston, Christiane Krüger, Keenan Wynn, Julian Glover.

Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth

Film Editor: John Shirley

Original Music: Roy Budd

Written by: Barry Levinson, Jonathan Lynn from a book by Mort W. Elkind

Produced by: Barry Levinson

Directed by Ken Hughes

Don’t let the ugly Italian poster art on the disc box throw you — The Internecine Project is a clever plot-driven murder tale in an espionage vein that gathers a string of B+ stars from the early 1970s for ninety minutes of suspense. It’s not the kind of suspense that makes you wonder what’s going to happen next, but the kind that points to a finish that we know will employ a big surprise, a killer-diller last-minute twist. Or three.

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‘Clue’ Stage Adaptation Coming in 2017

‘Clue’ Stage Adaptation Coming in 2017
Clue is heading out of the mansion and onto the stage. A new play is in the works from Jonathan Lynn, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 movie based on the Hasbro board game. The plan is for Clue to debut next year in Pennsylvania and then embark on a national tour. Variety reports the Clue stage adaptation will open at […]

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The 'Clue' movie is getting a stage version from original writer-director Jonathan Lynn

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The 'Clue' movie is getting a stage version from original writer-director Jonathan Lynn
Believe it or not, the classic Hasbro board game Clue was previously the subject of a stage adaptation in the mid 1990s with Clue The Musical, an interactive Off-Broadway production that closed after 29 performances and 17 previews. It was, um...not beloved, with New York Daily News critic Fintan O'Toole quipping in his review: "Making a musical from a board game is the kind of bizarre task that only a genius or a fool would undertake. And there is no sign of genius here." Fintan O'Toole, in print, with a poison pen. So what makes this latest stab/whack/shot at a stage version of Clue different? For one thing, it's based directly on the cult 1985 movie adaptation of the same name that starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Lesley Ann Warren. For another, it was penned by that film's writer-director Jonathan Lynn. Lastly, it is not a musical,
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Sir Antony Jay obituary

Co-writer of Yes Minister, BBC TV’s satire on the mechanics of government

Sir Antony Jay, who has died aged 86, was one of the two authors behind the influential 1980s BBC government satire Yes Minister and its successor Yes, Prime Minister. It was a broadcasting triumph that not only intrigued and attracted the civil service caste and politicians from Margaret Thatcher downwards, but has echoed around the world – with sales to 84 countries – and reverberated in spin-off books and a successful West End adaptation of Yes, Prime Minister.

The idea of a hapless politician, constantly thwarted, outwitted and occasionally saved by wilier, more devious, civil servants struck a resonant chord among viewers in democracies from Europe to Australia and the Us, and taught viewers valuable, if cynical, lessons about the shortcomings of governments. While it did not make Jay’s fortune – he and his co-author Jonathan Lynn were paid £1,200 an episode
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A 'Clue' Remake Will Have the Murder Mystery Span the Globe

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There's always an exception to a general rule. In the case of "you can't make a great movie out of a board game," the exception is obviously 1985's Clue. Director Jonathan Lynn found a fantastically entertaining way to turn the whodunit murder-mystery guessing game into a movie, and while it didn't become a massive box office hit, good luck finding anyone born in the '80s or early '90s who had cable TV and isn't a big fan. Naturally, as is the case with...

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A 'Clue' Remake Wants the Murder Mystery to Span the Globe

There's always an exception to a general rule. In the case of 'you can't make a great movie out of a board game,' the exception is obviously 1985's Clue. Director Jonathan Lynn found a fantastically entertaining way to turn the whodunit murder mystery guessing game into a movie, and while it didn't become a massive box office hit, good luck finding anyone born in the '80s or early '90s who had cable TV and isn't a big fan. Naturally, as is the case with all things '80s and pop culture, Clue is now being remade. Or, rather, we should say an earlier attempt to remake it has just gotten new life. Back when Hasbro was betting that Battleship would be a big hit (hey, it was...internationally), they were also lining up a Clue remake at...

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Clue Remake Finally Moves Forward at 20th Century Fox

Clue Remake Finally Moves Forward at 20th Century Fox
Way back in 2011, Universal Pictures dropped their long-gestating remake of the 1985 board game adaptation Clue, but we never heard any updates on the project since then. At the time, Gore Verbinski was attached to direct, but the project never found a new home. Until now. 20th Century Fox is joining forces with Hasbro Studios to bring this project back to life!

The Tracking Board reports that Josh Feldman is set to produce through Hasbro Studios, with Ryan Jones overseeing the project for Hasbro and Daria Cercek overseeing the project for 20th Century Fox. When Universal was developing the project, the studio was working from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt). It isn't know if the writers or director Gore Verbinski are still involved at this point.

This report reveals that 20th Century Fox is seeking to expand the scope of this movie remake, which seems
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Clue is getting a remake

Simon Brew Aug 17, 2016

A second movie based on the boardgame Cluedo is on the way…

The 1985 movie adaptation of the game Cluedo – which went by the its American title of Clue – was one of those films infamous for failing to set the box office alight on its original release, but went on to find a sizeable audience afterwards. That’s not a surprise, either: Jonathan Lynn’s movie remains a real treat, with a cast led by the peerless Tim Curry.

Still, it’s remake time. 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to make further films based on Cluedo, and it has a new movie on the way. Josh Feldman is producing, and the plan this time is tell the story of a ‘worldwide mystery’, this time with ‘action-adventure elements’. Furthermore, if all goes to plan, then expect an ongoing franchise of films.

There had been earlier plans for a new Cluedo movie,
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‘Clue’ Remake in the Works, Which Was Probably Inevitable When You Really Think About It

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‘Clue’ Remake in the Works, Which Was Probably Inevitable When You Really Think About It
If you count “Battleship” among your favorite movies of the last few years and are inordinately excited for the upcoming “Ouija” sequel, prepare for good news. The Tracking Board is reporting that 20th Century Fox is remaking “Clue” along with Hasbro, most likely to the dismay of fans of the 1985 adaptation — a cult classic that, whatever its flaws, was certainly ahead of the board-game-adaptation curve.

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Josh Feldman will produce from Hasbro’s end, with Daria Cercek of Fox also onboard; Ryan Jones is serving as executive producer. TB further reports “a desire to move the story out of the parlor and make it a game of ‘worldwide mystery’ with action-adventure elements, potentially setting up a possible franchise that could play well internationally.” Because when you think “Clue,” the phrase that first
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Read Our Free Winter Issue of Deadly Magazine, Featuring Krampus and Clue

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With the holidays in the rearview mirror and winter upon us, we're kicking off 2016 with a new issue of Deadly Magazine that includes special features for the holiday horror film Krampus, the cult classic Clue: The Movie, and more.

The winter issue of Deadly Magazine pays tribute to both the past and present of genre entertainment. Heather Wixson's review of Krampus can be found within its pages, as well as her insightful interview with the film's director, Michael Dougherty.

Wixson also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Clue through informative discussions with director Jonathan Lynn and Miss Scarlet herself, Lesley Ann Warren. Ending the issue on a nostalgic note is Scott Drebit, who takes a loving look back at 1978's The Swarm.

This issue of Deadly Magazine is available to read in its entirety for free. Below, we've included links to read and download our latest issue of Deadly Magazine.
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Communism Was a Red Herring: 30 Years Later, Clue: The Movie is Still Comedic Perfection

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On December 13, 1985 Paramount Pictures released Clue: The Movie, the feature film ‘adaptation’ of the popular Parker Brothers board game which was directed by Jonathan Lynn and was brought to life by a top-notch ensemble of talent including Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, and Colleen Camp.

Clue was a remarkable film for many reasons- many of which we’ll get to shortly- but its greatest feat just might be that, even though it was released some 30 years ago now, it still remains one of the greatest exercises in farcical comedy ever that has continued to grow in popularity over the decades.

At the time, Clue was an unusual venture for a studio; these days, it’s not uncommon to base a film upon a board game (Battleship, Jumanji or Zathura being modern examples) but in the early 1980’s, such an idea
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Clue

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Thirty years ago today, Clue, a whodunit spoof inspired by the popular board game in which the players have to find out who killed someone, and where, and with what, hit the theatres. First movie based on a board game, Clue had three alternative endings. In 1985, people who wanted to see the three endings had to go to three different theatres. Fortunately, the DVD version offers the three endings.

Set in New-England in 1954, this Jonathan Lynn's first feature is about a blackmailer, Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), who, after having invited his six victims in his mansion, is found dead. Panic-stricken, his six guests, Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), and Miss Scarlett (Leslie Ann Warren), and his butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), will be trying to solve the mystery. To make things worst, other crimes will be committed...

To commemorate the release of Clue,
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Movie Review – The Knowledge (1979)

The Knowledge, 1979.

Directed by Bill Brooks.

Starring Mick Ford, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Elphick, David Ryall, Jonathan Lynn, Kim Taylforth, Maureen Lipman and Leslie Joseph.


Four out-of-work Londoners decide to train to be taxi-drivers. But, before they can take charge of a Hackney cab, they need to learn ‘The Knowledge’…

All Brits know about “The Knowledge”. In fact, many tourists to England’s capital may know of it too. It’s the legendary expectation of London Cabbies. Even in this Sat-Nav era, Hackney-cab drivers need to know every road in a six miles radius from Charing Cross by heart. A challenge that takes between two and four years to learn. They need to recall over 400 ‘runs’, between different locations, and over 25,000 roads to speed between. According to a 2012 article in The Guardian, “it takes over your life” – and judging by the four characters in Bob Brooks four-part film, it changes your life forever.
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Daily | Issues | cléo, Necsus, Cineaste

The new issue of cléo features interviews with Sally Potter and Julie Taymor, a profile of Sylvia Schedelbauer and articles on Alexander Payne’s Election, Jonathan Lynn's Clue, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps and Jon Hall's Beach Girls and the Monster. Necsus has rolled out its autumn issue with and essay by the late Harun Farocki. In the new journal Kinetophone, we can read about Dario Argento's Opera, Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Federico Fellini's E la nave va. The new Cineaste is out and Fireflies is preparing its second issue on Abbas Kiarostami and Béla Tarr. » - David Hudson
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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger
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