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- Laura Berger
BBC One has had a strong year, achieving its best peak time share since 2008, and fueled by such series as Call The Midwife, Poldark, Doctor Foster, The A Word, Luther and the Sherlock special. At the Edinburgh TV Festival today, BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore unveiled a slate of six new series including divorce-lawyer drama The Split from Emmy-winner Abi Morgan and exec produced by Broadchurch‘s Jane Featherstone. Moore also revealed that Thandie Newton has been… »
UK film studio agrees deal with private equity fund; Swedish TV executive Christian Wikander joins Pinewood Television.
Pinewood Studios has agreed a deal to go private after accepting an offer of £323m from asset management business Aermont Capital.
The iconic UK studios, home to the Bond and Carry On franchises, as well as a string of recent Us blockbusters, has said the sale will fuel ambitious expansion plans.
Under the deal, shareholders will receive 560p in cash per share, as well as a 3.2p dividend.
Commenting on the offer, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, chairman of Pinewood, said: “The Board believes that [the deal] can provide Pinewood with the platform required for future growth. The Pinewood Group has been transformed in recent years but has been somewhat constrained in realising its ambitions due to the lack of share liquidity.
“As a result of the Strategic Review instigated by the Board, Pinewood now has the prospect of a funding structure for the »
Brie Larson, courtesy of Vanity Fair
Regardless of where you stood in the #OscarsSoWhite debate earlier this year, on some level you probably agree that The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has needed some new blood for quite some time. With a voting base comprised primarily of older white men, there isn't much room for films that don't fit a particular mold to stand out. It's why their Oscar telecast has struggled over the years, and why the films that get awarded are rarely the ones that inspire fans to go out to the movies.
Well, after years of minor facelifts, and temporary attempts at being timely or relevant, the Academy has just done something that could could significantly impact the Oscars moving forward:
They've just invited their biggest and most diverse group of voters ever. The Academy has extended an invitation to a staggering 683 new members, 46% of »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In its push for more diversity among its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued a record 683 invitations to new members, easily the largest number of new members ever.
The new members are heavily weighted to favor women and people of color - 46% are women, 41% are people of color. Should all elect to join, it would shift the demographic makeup of the Academy from 75 to 73% male, and from 93% to 89% white.
28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees are on the list, while 283 are considered international members. Amongst the high profile names are actors like John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Greta Gerwig, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Johnson, Byung-Hun Lee, Regina King, James Hong, Michelle Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, and Damon Wayans Jr.
- Garth Franklin
Are we about to get a Silver Sable movie? Sony has been in control of everything related to any and all Spider-Man movies for quite some time, but they recently struck a deal with Marvel Studios to allow Spidey into the McU. Sony still owns the rights to the character and his rogues gallery, but they seem to be letting Kevin Feige and Co. drive the ship. That said, Sony still never much has hopes of making more movies with other Spider-Man characters. As it turns out, we may already know one of the movies that Sony is planning as a Spider-Man spinoff for what has widley become known as 'The Spider-Verse'.
A new report from ComicBookMovie suggests that Sony is planning a Silver Sable movie, with Abi Morgan, the writer of The Invisible Woman, attached. The rumor comes from former editor of The Wrap Jeff Sneider, who is claiming »
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman, who stated that Sony plans to build a “whole Spider-Man universe” alongside the upcoming Spidey reboot which the studio is co-producing with Marvel Studios.
Well, it’s only taken a few hours for us to get our first rumour as to what that universe might entail, with Jeff Sneider claiming on Popcorn Talk that Sony is talking to screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame) about scripting a Silver Sable movie. There’s also talk that Eli Roth (Knock Knock) could be in contention for the director’s chair.
First debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 (hence the reason she’s part of the Spidey rights package), Silver Sable is the leader of the Wild Pack, a mecenary team who track down war criminals. The character was previously rumoured to be part of Sony’s female-led spinoff from The Amazing Spider-Man, »
- Gary Collinson
A few years ago, Sony gave the Spider-man universe the good ol' college try with The Amazing Spider-man 2. In that film, they set up what they'd hoped would be a Sinister Six film, which would've pre-empted DC in the whole "bad guys as leads" deal. Now that Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one would expect that Sony Pictures would abandon creating their own little universe. No such luck.
According to Jeff Sneider on Popcorn Talk's "Meet the Movie Press," a Silver Sable project, which was first revealed during the Sony Leaks a couple years back, is still in the works, and Sony has turned to Shame and Suffragette screenwriter Abi Morgan to make it a reality. The character, for those unfamiliar, is an anti-hero and mercenary very much in the vein of Black Widow. She would apparently exist within the current Spider-man universe, and by proxy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Joseph Medina
Sony’s Spider-Man movie universe received a boost yesterday when chairman Tom Rothman confirmed that the studio still plans to push forward with some of those long-rumored webslinger spinoffs. Sinister Six and Venom were two projects in development years ago that may be back on the table, and according to a new rumor, there’s another fan favorite character earmarked for a solo outing: Silver Sable.
Silver Sable hails from Marvel comics, and as part of Sony’s Spider-Man licensing deal from decades ago, the studio is entitled to use her on the big screen. She’s a spy, mercenary and generally a bit of an antiheroine, so that makes her perfect franchise fodder. After material like Deadpool proved audiences are happy to back an antihero, Silver Sable’s a solid choice for a Spidey spinoff.
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- Gem Seddon
As we've heard that even with the Marvel deal in place, Sony Pictures is still intent on developing an onscreen "Spidey-verse" featuring supporting characters from the comics.
Now, Meet the Movie Press has heard about one potential Marvel antihero who might be a part of that - Silver Sable. News of this potential first hit back during the Sony hack in late 2014, and The Wrap editor Jeff Sneider reportedly says on the podcast that Sony still wants to move forward with a Silver Sable movie.
In fact, it is indicated that "Shame" scribe and "The Hour" creator Abi Morgan is in talks to potentially pen the script. In the comics, Silver Sable is a mercenary (without superpowers) who has been both an ally and enemy of Spider-Man and several other characters.
No other details are provided. It's still early days though with Sony likely waiting to see how audiences react »
- Garth Franklin
This was first mentioned in those infamous Sony email leaks, and now rumor has it that the studio is making moves again. On this week's episode of Meet The Movie Press, former The Wrap editor Jeff Sneider says he's heard that Sony still want to move forward with a Silver Sable movie, and are talking with screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Hour, The Invisible Woman,The Iron Lady) with a view to her penning the script. Silver Sable is a marvel Comics antihero/mercenary who has been both an ally and enemy of Spider-Man and several other characters. She has no actual superpowers, so it might be the case that Sony is interested in developing a Punisher-like female-led comic book movie that would eventually crossover with the rebooted Spider-Man/Marvel universe. No other details are provided, but watch this space for updates. »
Screen International and the BFI London Film Festival have announced a three-year partnership to jointly unveil the UK and Ireland’s newest and most exciting actors, directors, writers and producers, to the industry at the Festival.
It builds on the success of a partnership struck last year, which saw the Screen International Screen Stars of Tomorrow launch during the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.
This year’s selected actors, directors, writers and producers will be revealed by Screen and the Lff at an event in London’s West End during the first weekend of the festival, which runs October 5-16.
Stars of Tomorrow will celebrate its 13th anniversary this year. It has a significant track record in identifying future stars since its first edition in 2004, which named James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Blunt, followed by Oscar »
Stern, a leading expert in terrorism and Ptsd, opens up in the memoir about being raped along with her sister by an unknown assailant when they were both teens. The story chronicles her attempts, decades later, to investigate the unsolved crime and address her own trauma surrounding it.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Darren Aronofsky is set to produce “Undeniable” — based on the best-selling memoir “Denial” by Jessica Stern.
Stern, one of the leading experts in terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder, published “Denial” in 2010. She opens up in the memoir about being raped along with her sister, as teenagers, by an unknown assailant. The book also chronicles her attempts, decades later, to investigate the unsolved crime and address her own trauma surrounding it.
Aronofsky will produce through his Protozoa Pictures. Although he has a first-look deal with New Regency, sources tell Variety that the company has passed on the project. It is unknown if Aronofsky will wait for more talent to come on board before shopping the package to other studios or take it out as is. »
- Justin Kroll
The search is on for Screen International’s annual talent showcase.
Screen International is looking for new actors, writers, directors and producers to showcase in its 13th annual Stars of Tomorrow portfolio.
For the first time, Screen will open a direct line for recommendations, which should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open from now, the final deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.
Candidates for inclusion in Screen International Stars of Tomorrow should be professional and with a track record, albeit brief, in the film business. They should be UK or Republic of Ireland nationals, ideally under the age of 30. Directors may not yet have shot their first feature. All names will be verified in a lengthy vetting process.
Stars of Tomorrow is the film industry’s most successful new talent showcase, with an unrivalled track record for discovering fresh UK and Irish actors and key creatives.
Screen International’s reviews editor and chief film critic Fionnuala Halligan »
Lgbt festival also sees industry and filmmaker delegate numbers double.
BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-27) has reported a 9% audience boost for its 30th anniversary edition, which closed on Sunday with a gala screening of Catherine Corsini’s French lesbian drama Summertime.
Audiences at all events and screenings over the 11-day festival totalled 25,623 – up on the 23,500 recorded in 2015.
This year’s festival also saw a boost in industry numbers with 168 visiting filmmakers and more than 300 press and industry delegates – up on the 120 filmmakers and 200+ industry that attended last year.
This was due to an expanded industry offering that included daily press screenings, alongside talks with an Lgbt focus on development, production and distribution with speakers including Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) and new series The Makers, with key international filmmakers Silas Howard (Transparent), Fenton Bailey (Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures), and Donna Deitch (Desert Hearts).
Clare Stewart, head of festivals »
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Woodhead was formerly executive producer at Kudos Film & Television, where he worked on multiple series of the BAFTA-nominated “Spooks” and ITV’s “Law & Order U.K.,” he also acted as an executive producer on the first season of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller “Fortitude” and Sky 1’s “Sinbad.” Woodhead also produced Abi Morgan’s BAFTA-winning single film “White Girl.”
Recently, he has been focusing on his own projects, which include developing an adaptation of The Man Booker prize-winning “The Luminaries” (currently in development), and producing “Marcella,” written by Hans Rosenfeldt (“The Bridge”) for ITV.
Working Title Television is based in London and L.A. and is a joint venture between NBCUniversal International Studios, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The L.A. office is led by recently appointed president, Andrew Stearn.
Based in London, »
- Leo Barraclough
Brit production powerhouse Working Title has tapped Andrew Woodhead as the new managing director of its TV division. Woodhead was previously an exec producer at Kudos, working on the likes of Spooks and the UK version of Law & Order. He also served as exec producer on Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude and Sky 1's Sinbad. He also produced Abi Morgan's BAFTA-winning single film White Girl. Recently, he has been developing his own projects, including an adaptation of The Man Booker… »
Carey Mulligan is consistently acknowledged as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She had already made a powerful impression on stage (in London when she was just 21, as Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull, a role she reprised on Broadway) and on television (Bleak House, Northanger Abbey and the memorable Dr. Who episode “Blink”) before her breakout film performance in Lone Sherfig’s An Education, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Since then she has shone in such wide-ranging roles as warm, vulnerable Irene in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive, Michael Fassbender’s troubled sister in Steve McQueen’s Shame and a furious folk singer in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. And she has not forsaken theatre, having returned to the West End last year and subsequently onto Broadway in the »
- Paul Heath
The 30th edition of the festival will run this year from November 10-17 in Hollywood.
AFI Fest 2015 hosted 130 films from 45 countries, of which 77 were features and 53 were shorts.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognises AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the live-action and animated short film categories at the Oscars.
Last year’s edition included the world premiere of The Big Short, which won the best adapted screenplay Oscar on Sunday, and there was a dual tribute to 45 Years stars Charlotte Rampling, who was also nominated for an Oscar, and Tom Courtenay.
On-stage conversation participants included Ridley Scott, Benicio Del Toro, Suffragette director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan, Youth’s Michael Caine and director Paolo Sorrentino, and Johnny Depp and his Black Mass director Scott Cooper. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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