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Sparks & Embers review – romcom that never catches fire

20 December 2015 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kris Marshall and Annelise Hesme’s relationship can’t generate much heat in this overly tricksy Curtis-lite setup

“Maybe we’re in one of those Japanese horror movies – the ones with creepy empty apartments, corridors and lifts.” So says Kris Marshall’s just-made-redundant record-company worker Tom when he finds himself stuck in an elevator with Annelise Hesme’s Eloise, the French consultant who authorised his firing.

Sadly, rather than being in a horror movie, they’re trapped in a slightly naff British romcom that attempts to weld the beginning/end of the affair structure of Blue Valentine to some Richard Curtis-lite South Bank soppiness. Marshall and Hesme are amiable players, but writer/director Gavin Boyter packs their conversations (which cut back and forth across the years) with too much cliche and contrivance for their putative relationship to gel, let alone sparkle.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Sparks & Embers review – sparks fly, but this two-hander is excruciating

17 December 2015 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Competently put together by the standards of a TV commercial, this post-Richard Curtis romcom is let down by unbearable dialogue and characterisation

This bittersweet romcom two-hander is pretty excruciating, like a feature-length deleted scene from Richard Curtis’s Love Actually … Deleted, that is, because it frankly doesn’t work. Kris Marshall plays Tom, a guy who one Christmas finds himself moping around on London’s touristy-bohemian South Bank and accidentally bumps into Eloise (Annelise Hesme), his sleek French ex with whom he’s still very much in love. She has half an hour to kill before getting on a train and leaving the UK for ever, with her new partner. So they stroll around making halting conversation and the action periodically flashes back to their abysmally unfunny and unconvincing meet-non-cute: they were trapped in a lift together.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

14 December 2015 7:20 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets »

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Afm: Australian Comedy ‘Less Men’ Reaches More Buyers

4 November 2015 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Distributors in more than a dozen international territories have signed up for “A Few Less Men,” the sequel to Australian wedding comedy “A Few Best Men.”

The film, which entered principal photography last week in Perth, Western Australia, has been pre-bought by Lucky Red for Italy; Modus Vivendi for Eastern Europe; Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia; Italia Films for the Middle East; and by Galaxy for Vietnam. Studio Canal has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights. International sales are handled by the Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films.

The picture is directed by Mark Lamprell (“Goddess”) and written by Dean Craig, who previously penned “Best Men.” Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop all reprise their roles from the 2011 film, which was directed by Stephan Elliott.

Additional cast include Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, “The Sapphires” star Deborah Mailman, Jeremy Sims, Darren Gilshenan, Lynette Curran, Pamela Shaw, and Sacha Horler. »

- Patrick Frater

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Arclight closes early sales on 'A Few Less Men'

4 November 2015 1:36 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arclight Films has announced the start of principal Photography in Perth, Western Australia, on A Few Less Men and a slew of key pre-sales.

Rights to Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men have gone in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), Middle East (Italia Films), Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings) and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles in the story of men who must take their friend’s coffin back to London after a crash landing leaves them stranded in the Australian bush. Dean Craig once again is the writer.

Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and Gorean Films Limited are producing and Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge are co-financiers.

Craig, Arclight chief Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman served as executive producers.

Shane Jacobson, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Afm: Arclight closes early sales on 'A Few Less Men'

4 November 2015 1:36 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arclight Films has announced the start of principal Photography in Perth, Western Australia, on A Few Less Men and a slew of key pre-sales.

Rights to Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men have gone in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), Middle East (Italia Films), Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings) and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles in the story of men who must take their friend’s coffin back to London after a crash landing leaves them stranded in the Australian bush. Dean Craig once again is the writer.

Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and Gorean Films Limited are producing and Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge are co-financiers.

Craig, Arclight chief Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman served as executive producers.

Shane Jacobson, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ace cast for A Few Best Men sequel

4 November 2015 12:51 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Now filming in Perth,. the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 hit A Few Best Men boasts a supporting cast headed by some top comedic names and a few who are better known for dramas. A Few Less Men sees Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, Deborah Mailman, Jeremy Sims, Darren Gilshenan, Lynette Curran, Pamela Shaw and Sacha Horler playing a motley array of characters whom the lead trio encounters on their way back to London. Directed by Mark Lamprell and scripted by Dean Craig, the sequel follows the lads played by Xavier Samuel, Kevin Bishop and Kris Marshall as they transport their mate Luke.s coffin across Australia after a forced plane landing strands them in the middle of the bush. Jacobson is Mungus, whom the lads bump into after he accidentally takes Luke.s coffin home with him. Corr is mad cousin Henry, Mailman is a cop, Sims is a pilot »

- Don Groves

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Keith Allen and Jill Halfpenny are the latest stars to join Death In Paradise

18 October 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Keith Allen and Jill Halfpenny are heading to Guadeloupe for the upcoming series of Death In Paradise.

Not Going Out star Sally Bretton will also join them in the lighthearted crime drama's fifth series next year.

Other guest stars for series five include Paul Nicholls (EastEnders), Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks) and Heida Reed (Poldark), Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey) and Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who).

They'll join the likes of Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules and Joséphine Jobert in the drama, which focuses on the criminal investigations taking place on the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie.

Halfpenny said: "It was such a treat to dip into the world of Death in Paradise. One of the great joys of my job is being able to film with such strong talent and in such gorgeous locations - this year has taken me to Chichester, Guadeloupe and I will end it in Leeds! You can't ask for more variation than that! »

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Change of director for A Few Best Men sequel

13 September 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Goddess. Mark Lamprell is directing A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 hit comedy A Few Best Men. Lamprell takes over from Not Suitable for Children's Peter Templeman, who was named as the director when Screen Australia announced its investment in the project last month. Scripted by Dean Craig, A Few Less Men will see Xavier Samuel, Kevin Bishop and Kris Marshall reprise their roles as the guys who transport their mate.s coffin across Australia after a forced plane landing strands them in the middle of the bush.

Shooting is set to start on October 26 in Western Australia, produced by Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings, their second collaboration after Kill Me Three Times.

Chambers tells If, "The change of director was a very amicable and mutual decision. We continue to look for projects to do with Peter and are very excited to work with Mark. »

- Don Groves

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Casting: Exarchopoulos, Samuel, Seyfreid, Kilmer

12 September 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Faithful

Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") are set to star in Michael R. Roskam's noirish romance thriller "The Faithful" at Wild Bunch, Savage Films and Pathe.

Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre's script is set against the backdrop of crime gangs in Brussels. Filming is slated to begin next year. [Source: Variety]

The Last Word

Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried are teaming to star in Mark Pellington's comedic drama "The Last Word" for Myriad. Pellington, Anne-Marie MacKay of and Kirk D'Amico will produce.

MacLaine will play a controlling woman who wants to pre-write her obituary and is teamed up with a young writer at a local paper. The writer, however, wants to find out the real story and the reluctant partners begin a journey that will reawaken the older woman’s passion for life. [Source: THR

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Arclight closes key sales on 'A Few Less Men'

12 September 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company has secured a raft of key sales on the comedy follow-up to A Few Best Men and announced from Toronto an October 26 production start in Western Australia.

Deals have closed in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), Middle East (Italia Films), Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings) and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop will reprise their roles in the follow-up to the 2011 wedding comedy (pictured) written by Dean Craig.

Mark Lamprell directs and Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings produce. Financiers include Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and LotteryWest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge.

Craig serves as executive producer with Arclight chief Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto: ‘A Few Best Men’ Sequel Moves Forward (Exclusive)

12 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A Few Less Men,” the sequel to 2011’s Australian comedy “A Few Best Men,” has moved forward with Mark Lamprell on board as a director, Variety has learned exclusively.

Shooting is set for Oct. 26 in Western Australia. Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop will reprise their roles in the sequel, written by Dean Craig (“Death at a Funeral”).

Producers are Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings. The film’s financiers include Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and LotteryWest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge. Daniel Findlay is the co-producer. Executive producers are Dean Craig, Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman.

Arclight Films is handling sales for the film and has already sold the film to Lucky Red for Italy, Modus Vivendi for Pan Eastern Europe, Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia, Italia Films for Pan Middle East and Galaxy for Vietnam. Studio »

- Dave McNary

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Paul Nicholls, Emma Rigby and Poldark's Heida Reed will guest on Death in Paradise series 5

3 September 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Paul Nicholls, Emma Rigby and Poldark's Heida Reed are heading to the Caribbean for Death in Paradise.

The trio will guest star in the lighthearted crime drama's upcoming fifth series next year on BBC One.

Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall Q&A: 'It's been my hardest job'

Paul Nicholls, who appeared on The C Word as well as EastEnders, said: "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with the fantastic cast and crew on the upcoming series of Death in Paradise.

"I play a fashion photographer in my episode which is very different from many of my previous roles so was a great challenge. Filming in Guadeloupe was incredible too. We had so much fun!"

Rigby is known for her performances in Hollyoaks and Prisoner's Wives, while Icelandic actress Reed starred in One Day before taking on the role of Elizabeth Chynoweth in Poldark.

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‘Bait 3D’ Director Kimble Rendall to Stir up Chinese Co-Production ‘The Nest’

4 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Australia’s Kimble Rendall has set China-Australia co-production “The Nest” as his next project after his debut film “Bait 3D” scored with Chinese audiences.

The English-language picture will start pre-production next month and shoot from late October.

The story involves the innocent discovery of a well preserved mummified emperor from 200 BC that unlocks a 2,000 year old nightmare and secrets that should have remained buried.

Production is by Gary Hamilton and Ying Ye through Nest Holdings with Mike Gabrawy and Elliot Tong as executive producers. Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight will handle international sales. The identity of the Chinese partner has not yet been revealed.

The budget also remains undisclosed, though federal funding body Screen Australia Tuesday confirmed that the film will receive production finance.

Rendall previously made “Bait 3D,” which was a complicated Australian-Singaporean treaty co-production, that also used Chinese finance. The film struggled at the box office in most »

- Patrick Frater

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Screen Australia backs 'A Few Best Men' sequel

4 August 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Backing also allocated to China-Australia co-production The Nest.

Investment from Screen Australia means filming is set to go ahead on A Few Less Men, the sequel to 2011 ensemble comedy A Few Best Men.

At the same board meeting, the government agency also backed Kimble Rendall’s The Nest, a China-Australia co-production to be primarily made in Australia.

Arclight Films International will represent both films.

A Few Less Men will see Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop return to their roles as hapless friends, who become stranded in the Australian bush with a friend’s body after their plane makes a forced landing.

It is understood that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), who played Daphne in the first film, will not reprise her role.

A Few Best Men screenwriter Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral) will return to pen the sequel, although he will not direct as previously reported.

Peter Templeman will take on directing duties, marking his second »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Screen Aus funds three projects

3 August 2015 5:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kimble Rendall.s 3D action adventure The Nest, a sequel to A Few Best Men and a TV drama starring Rebecca Gibney are being co-funded by Screen Australia.

The agency is investing $3.19 million in the three projects, a remarkable economic multiplier as the combined budgets are $38.4 million.

An official Australian/Chinese co-production, The Nest tells of the discovery of a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China, which unleashes a 2,000 year-old nightmare.

Arclight Films, which produced Rendall.s Chinese hit Bait 3D, is producing through Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye and Mark Lazarus with a Chinese partner yet to be identified.

Shooting in Australia and China is due to start in the fourth quarter with an international cast. Tait Brady.s Label is the Australian distributor.

Rendall has been developing the script since he finished Bait. "I was researching Chinese history," he tells If today on the line from Beijing.. "The Nest »

- Don Groves

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Review: In 'Song From the Forest,' Louis Sarno Joins a Pygmy Tribe, Starts a Family and Returns to New York

6 April 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The saga of Louis Sarno has never been a secret. In the 1980s, American writer and musicologist visited the remote Bayaka Pygmy clan in the Central African Republic to record their unique music; with time, he settled among them, married a member of the tribe and started a family. In 1993, he published a memoir of his experiences, followed by an album collecting the Bayaka's earthy acoustic melodies in 1996; in 2010, Lavina Currier's feature-length "Oka!" fictionalized Sarno's journey with Kris Marshall cast as an embellished version of Sarno. But the true record of his unique tale finally comes together in "Song From the Forest," documentarian Michael Obert's perceptive and utterly gorgeous look at Sarno's life today and his experience returning to his old haunts in New York. Through an elegant juxtaposition of jungle and city life, "Song From the Forest" (which takes its name from Sarno's book) not only shows what »

- Eric Kohn

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Death in Paradise review: the TV equivalent of a boring holiday timeshare

26 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Series four of the Caribbean-set comedy drama bowed out with the usual bumbling Englishness, things being knocked over and comedy lizards

It’s rare there isn’t something new starting off, or something interesting and original happening, on television. But last night was one of those barren nights. So here’s something not very interesting or original coming to an end, the final episode of the current (fourth) series of Death in Paradise (BBC1).

It has been a while since I dropped into the Caribbean Island of Saint Marie, and I’m sad to see that DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) is no longer around. But a big bonjour to DS Florence Cassell (Josephine Jobert), whose role seems to be the same – to be beautiful and chic and neat and French in order to make Di Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) look even more shambolic and bumblingly British. And, along with the pretty scenery, »

- Sam Wollaston

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Death In Paradise, Cucumber

22 January 2015 7:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Death In Paradise: BBC One, 9pm

Winter blues? Watch whodunit drama Death In Paradise, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean island Saint Marie.

In tonight's episode, all is not as it seems as a death rocks the island's seemingly cosy Heritage Society. Meanwhile, Di Goodman (Kris Marshall) tries not to let his feelings for Camille (Sara Martins) get in the way of his job.

Cucumber: Channel 4, 9pm

Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies presents an original new comedy-drama series, exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life in Britain.

Cleverly interlocking with two other series, Cucumber is followed by Banana at 10pm on E4, while the first episode of Tofu also debuts tonight on 4oD.

Banana: E4, 10pm

The second of Russell T Davies's new trilogy series comes to E4, featuring witty and heartfelt interlinking stories with exciting new acting »

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Death in Paradise's Will Mellor: 'I want to do action role like Taken'

12 January 2015 6:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Will Mellor has revealed that he hopes to surprise fans with his new role on Death in Paradise.

The Broadchurch actor plays doctor Karl Slater in this week's instalment of the BBC One series, a part he described as a "challenge".

"It was different for me - I don't play doctors very often," Mellor told Digital Spy. "I'm a working-class lad, so I play a lot of cheeky chappies.

"But I've been doing a lot more drama recently with Broadchurch and Dates, and I did In the Club on BBC One this year... so I'm hopefully going to do a lot more drama and challenge myself with different parts."

Mellor admitted that his dream acting part would see him take on an action hero role, in a project similar to Liam Neeson's Taken film franchise.

"I want to play a hero - I want to save peoples' lives," he said. »

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