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UK Management & Production Outfit 42 Pacts With ITV Studios Global

15 April 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Production and management shingle 42 was founded last year by Welcome To The Punch producers Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and agents Josh Varney and Kate Buckley. The UK-based company reps talent and develops film projects, now with a deeper move into television. An exclusive, multi-year development and distribution partnership with ITV Studios Global Entertainment will focus on scripted drama, an increasingly lucrative area for UK producers. When they created 42, Varney and Buckley exited UK agency Independent Talent Group, but continued to share certain clients. 42′s client roster now includes Michael Caine, Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend, Nicholas Hoult, Emily Mortimer, Tom Hollander, Jonny Lee Miller, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Monahan, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Cattaneo, Eran Creevy, Terry George, and Daniel Wolfe. The company is currently in post-production on feature Monsters: The Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth EdwardsMonsters. Pre-production has started on both Creevy’s Autobahn, starring Hoult, »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Our Idiot Brother

11 April 2014 1:11 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

As a happy-go-lucky hippie, Ned (Paul Rudd) is an embarrassment to his three uptight sisters in New York: frustrated housewife Liz (Emily Mortimer), aspiring comedian Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) and career driven Miranda (Elizabeth Banks). But when he's paroled after getting busted for selling weed, they each take their turn to help him back on his feet. Unfortunately, his habit of telling the truth plays havoc with their big city lifestyles. »

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Review: Season 1 Of 'Doll & Em' A Low Key, Charming Look At Friendship And Celebrity

4 April 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The word "famous" probably isn't one that you would use to describe Emily Mortimer. Respected and talented, her impressive range of work includes movies with folks like Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Nicole Holofcener and more, and though you would probably recognize her on the street, her name might not ring many bells with the average filmgoer. Which is what makes the premise of "Doll & Em" all the more clever, with Mortimer playing a fictionalized version of herself, that uses the backdrop of Hollywood to tell a story not about the business necessarily, but about how the dynamics of friendship can be strained when one of them is living out her dreams and the other....well, isn't. The concept is simple, when Dolly Wells (Mortimer's real life best friend, and co-creator and co-writer of the show) breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, Emily flies her in from London to L. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Season 1 Of 'Doll & Em' A Low Key, Charming Look At Friendship And Celebrity

4 April 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The word "famous" probably isn't one that you would use to describe Emily Mortimer. Respected and talented, her impressive range of work includes movies with folks like Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Nicole Holofcener and more, and though you would probably recognize her on the street, her name might not ring many bells with the average filmgoer. Which is what makes the premise of "Doll & Em" all the more clever, with Mortimer playing a fictionalized version of herself, that uses the backdrop of Hollywood to tell a story not about the business necessarily, but about how the dynamics of friendship can be strained when one of them is living out her dreams and the other....well, isn't. The concept is simple, when Dolly Wells (Mortimer's real life best friend, and co-creator and co-writer of the show) breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, Emily flies her in from London to L. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Doll & Em' finale: A Season 2 is not in the works

2 April 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

HBO's new mockumentary "Doll & Em" came to a close Wednesday (April 2) after airing its six episodes over three weeks. Star Emily Mortimer tells Zap2it that fans should not hold their breath for a follow-up season just yet.

"These six episodes were self-contained, they finished up the story we were telling," says Mortimer. "If we did get commissioned to do a second season, it would be something different."

The show ended with Mortimer and her real-life childhood friend having swapped situations on the show, as the "master becomes the servant and the servant becomes the master," Mortimer tells us. By the end of the series, Doll was the diva and Em ended up ... spitting on her. Yikes.

What did you think of the conclusion to "Doll & Em"? Would you tune in for more if a second season was commissioned? »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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HBO's Doll & Em Takes on Women's Spontaneous Friendship Combustion

1 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Why can't women stay friends? That's a trick question, of course, but also one that British actresses Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells -- lifelong pals in real life -- attempt to answer earnestly and honestly in their new HBO cringe comedy Doll & Em. In the six-episode series, Mortimer and Wells play sitcom versions of themselves as a thriving Hollywood thespian and her best-friend-turned-personal assistant, respectively. One has reached just about the highest level of success a middle-aged film actress not named Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett can; the other is so lost any opportunity looks like a step up. They reside in the same rented house, but live in entirely different worlds. As the series' creators and writers (the latter with Azazel Jacobs, who directs eve »

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'Doll & Em' Director Azazel Jacobs Explains Why He Doesn't Mind Working In Hollywood

26 March 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When posters for HBO's "Doll & Em" began cropping up around New York City, Azazel Jacobs couldn't resist posing for a few selfies with them. The ongoing miniseries stars childhood friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells as fictionalized versions of themselves -- with Wells crashing with Mortimer in Los Angeles following a bad breakup at home in the UK, and taking on the awkward role of Mortimer's personal assistant. While the two stars came up with the premise to riff on their real life relationship, Jacobs was the secret ingredient who helped bring the idea to life, having directed and co-written each episode (the second two installments air tonight). On Facebook during the week of the premiere, Jacobs was prone to posting photos of himself alongside the ads for the show, holding up a phone to mimic Mortimer's own pose. It was a canny gesture, and also more than a little precious, »

- Eric Kohn

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'Doll & Em' Director Azazel Jacobs Explains Why He Doesn't Mind Working In Hollywood

26 March 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When posters for HBO's "Doll & Em" began cropping up around New York City, Azazel Jacobs couldn't resist posing for a few selfies with them. The ongoing miniseries stars childhood friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells as fictionalized versions of themselves -- with Wells crashing with Mortimer in Los Angeles following a bad breakup at home in the UK, and taking on the awkward role of Mortimer's personal assistant. While the two stars came up with the premise to riff on their real life relationship, Jacobs was the secret ingredient who helped bring the idea to life, having directed and co-written each episode (the second two installments air tonight). On Facebook during the week of the premiere, Jacobs was prone to posting photos of himself alongside the ads for the show, holding up a phone to mimic Mortimer's own pose. It was a canny gesture, and also more than a little precious, »

- Eric Kohn

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Azazel Jacobs talks about Doll & Em

24 March 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Doll & Em director Azazel Jacobs: "I'm interested in looking at humans and seeing how people are with each other" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze After the premiere screening at New York's Museum of Modern Art of all six episodes of King Bee Productions and HBO's Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, I met up with director Azazel Jacobs to talk about the spirit of place in Hollywood and how it allows him to communicate with Charlie Chaplin, on site with Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Laurel and Hardy. He told me about the human growing from an idea and why tone triumphs over story.

We see Bradley Cooper stay on the red carpet, Jonathan Cake practice a pick-up line worthy of Hong Sang-soo, while ice cream determines master and servant.

Anne-Katrin Titze: The series producer Alessandro Nivola told me that the idea started with seeing Michael Winterbottom's The Trip. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Girlfriend Experience: Inside HBO's New Comedy 'Doll & Em'

20 March 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells exchange a quick look with each other before both yelling out, in perfect unison, "No!" and then start laughing hysterically. The two British actresses know they've probably answered a little too quickly, but given the nature of the project under discussion — the very reason that they are sitting together in the Bowery Hotel's lobby, sipping late-afternoon tea — they understand that it's natural to ask some rather personal questions.

The Best of 'The Newsroom,' Season One

After all, their HBO show Doll & Em (airing »

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Seitz on Doll & Em: The Dark Side of BFFhood

19 March 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Doll & Em is what you'd call low-stakes TV. Nobody gets killed, there are no ghosts or zombie or car chases or superheroes, the fate of the world never hangs in the balance. But if you stand back and look at it in the context of the rest of television, what's onscreen is remarkable: a realistic friendship between two realistic women existing in something resembling the real world.That "something resembling" qualifier is directed at the setting: the plasticine world of Hollywood, where a successful British actress named Em (Emily Mortimer) has moved to star in what's repeatedly described as a female version of The Godfather, even though the film's oddly awkward young director Mike (Aaron Himelstein) hates hearing it described that way. The story begins during the credits when Em's best friend Doll (Dolly Wells, Mortimer’s real-life pal) calls her from London to tearfully report a breakup (the call »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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'Doll & Em' review: HBO's latest L.A. meta-comedy

19 March 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Real-life BFFs Emily Mortimer (Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) write and star on Doll & Em (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), HBO’s latest L.A. meta-comedy about a movie star (Mortimer) who hires her childhood pal (Wells) as an assistant. (Possible alternate title: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ladies!) But once you clear the velvet rope, it’s apparent that Doll and Em is, at its heart, a portrait of female friendship rather than a Hollywood confidential

The comedy — which is partly improvised, but never reaches laugh-out-loud levels of funny — debuts with back-to-back episodes, and good thing, considering the premiere is a bit anemic. »

- Amy Wilkinson

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HBO's "Doll & Em": Female Frenemies in a Hollywood Satire

19 March 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Although some critics have speculated HBO scheduling "Doll & Em," starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells as fictional versions of themselves, in an atypical Wednesday-night slot as an extreme vote of no confidence, the reviews for the six-episode series offer glimmers of hope. The setting, with Mortimer playing herself as a high-maintenance actress who hires her down-on-her-luck best friend as a personal assistant, is immediately tired: Did you know that people in Hollywood are vain and needy and insecure? Well, you do now! But once the show establishes that premise, it's able to get into the friendship between Em and her lifelong friend, which though it is fictional (and they stress this a lot) nonetheless draws strength from the actresses' familiarity with each other. Airing two episodes at a time for three weeks, "Doll & Em," which was directed by American Azazel Jacobs, is too brief to serve as much more than »

- Sam Adams

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Emily Mortimer on Her HBO Comedy Doll & Em, Strong Female Role Clichés, and the Future of Will and Mac on The Newsroom

19 March 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If Emily Mortimer had gotten her way, the new HBO comedy Doll & Em would be called something else. In the show, she plays Em, a famous and insecure Hollywood actress who hires her best friend Doll (played by Mortimer’s real life bestie Dolly Wells of Peep Show fame) as her personal assistant. Spoiler: It doesn’t go well! Mortimer tells Vulture that the situation isn’t even semiautobiographical; in Doll & Em, for example, Em is starring in a movie described as “the female Godfather — the strongest woman ever!” With Doll & Em set to premiere tonight, Vulture chatted with Mortimer about the origins of the show, the real paranoia that sets in on a film set, and what’s next on The Newsroom.How did the idea to do a show with your best friend first come up?It came up an embarrassingly long time ago. I moved to America »

- Denise Martin

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'Doll & Em's' Emily Mortimer: The actor-assistant relationship is rife with cringeworthy comedy

19 March 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

HBO is launching a new half-hour comedy series Wednesday (March 19) called "Doll & Em," which is a fictionalized look at the real-life friendship between stars and creators Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer.

The comedy follows Mortimer, star of HBO drama "The Newsroom," playing an outrageous version of herself, who hires a down-on-her-luck Wells as her new personal assistant. Naturally, a life-long friendship turned into an employee-employer relationship is rife with uncomfortable comedy, which Mortimer tells Zap2it was the aim.

"We had this idea about an assistant and being curious about that relationship, the relationship that people have with their assistants, which is very -- there's room for massive amounts of confusion, there's a lot of gray area and overlapping a bit of business and private lives, and how difficult that can be, even when they're not each other's oldest childhood friend," says Mortimer. "We imagined putting a friendship like ours in that kind of jeopardy, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Review: HBO's 'Doll & Em' good at satirizing friendship, less at Hollywood

19 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the lessons drilled into any young writer is a simple one: "Write what you know." The problem, at least when applying this rule to television, is that what many of the people who work in television know about is television and nothing but, which is why there have been so many shows over the years — most of them failures — about characters who work in the entertainment industry. Inside showbiz stories aren't inherently bad, as seven seasons of "30 Rock," or even a showbiz-adjacent series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have amply demonstrated. But watching HBO's new comedy series "Doll & Em," all I could think about was how much I wished the setting was anywhere but Hollywood. The series was created by its stars, Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer (who already has an HBO job on "The Newsroom"), and they play fictionalized versions of themselves. In reality, Wells is a working actress, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Alessandro Nivola on Doll & Em and The Elephant Man

19 March 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells in Doll & Em Photo: Mischa Richter/Sky Living In part one of our conversation Alessandro Nivola discussed his role in Jc Chandor's upcoming A Most Violent Year and his collaboration with Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells on Doll & Em. Here, Nivola exposes Bradley Cooper's ingenious role in the making of Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, and the casting of The Elephant Man leading to a Broadway production this autumn with Patricia Clarkson.

On Monday evening the Us premiere of Doll & Em took place at the Museum of Modern Art with the creators in attendance. Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Andy Garcia and John Cusack have guest appearances on the show about friendship that also pointedly lays open in engaging parcels the dynamics of Hollywood parties, how to hold hands with a casting agent, how to gracefully sport »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Linkomaniac Pt. 1

18 March 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Daily Beast talks to Uma Thurman about Lars von Trier and gender politics

Five Thirty Eight parses Shakespeare and finds that Romeo & Juliet have a relationship that's not totally based on getting to know one another. Duh!

The Wire reviews Doll & Em, a new miniseries starring Emily Mortimer 

Playbill Katharine McPhee has landed a series lead gig in a CBS show called Scorpion. (I guess they never saw Smash?)

Salon on the eve of the release of Divergent, a reminder that not every Ya best-seller aiming for Hunger Games phenom status succeeds: Beautiful Creatures, City of Ember, The Host and more...

The Guardian Brittany Murphy's final film, Something Wicked, is completed four years after her death

Vulture 294 "issues" Glee has addressed in its first 99 episodes

Variety they went really young casting Peter Pan for that self proclaimed "international" and "diverse" Pan film which keeps casting white people in »

- NATHANIEL R

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HBO Comedy 'Doll & Em' Makes The Case For Why You Shouldn't Hire Your Friend To Be Your Assistant

18 March 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are real celebrities who've hired their best friends to be their personal assistants, but you have to imagine that it's the rare relationship that could survive the surreal strain of such a set-up. Being a personal assistant involves enacting an uncomfortable simulacra of actual friendship in which one person does the other all kinds of little favors -- driving him or her to work, picking up coffee, dry cleaning, keeping schedules straight, doling out affirmations -- and the recipient, instead of later responding in kind, offers up a paycheck. It's an intimate arrangement in which, no matter how close, one person is the talent and the other is the help and there's little delineation between when work ends and off-time begins, meaning any preexisting rapport blurs with the professional solicitousness the job requires. In "Doll & Em," the HBO miniseries premiering Wednesday, March 19th at 10pm, Emily Mortimer (playing herself »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO Comedy 'Doll & Em' Makes The Case For Why You Shouldn't Hire Your Friend To Be Your Assistant

18 March 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There are real celebrities who've hired their best friends to be their personal assistants, but you have to imagine that it's the rare relationship that could survive the surreal strain of such a set-up. Being a personal assistant involves enacting an uncomfortable simulacra of actual friendship in which one person does the other all kinds of little favors -- driving him or her to work, picking up coffee, dry cleaning, keeping schedules straight, doling out affirmations -- and the recipient, instead of later responding in kind, offers up a paycheck. It's an intimate arrangement in which, no matter how close, one person is the talent and the other is the help and there's little delineation between when work ends and off-time begins, meaning any preexisting rapport blurs with the professional solicitousness the job requires. In "Doll & Em," the HBO miniseries premiering Wednesday, March 19th at 10pm, Emily Mortimer (playing herself »

- Alison Willmore

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