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The casting directors searched local Gloucestershire schools to find boys with authentic accents and spotted Archie, who they described as "an exciting new discovery", despite the fact that he has no previous acting experience.
Archie will star as Laurie know as 'Lol' in the story which chronicles his journey from boy to man, first love, loss and family upheaval. Lol’s boyhood escapades take place in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars - a place suspended between history and modernity.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Emma Curtis »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Samantha Morton is to star in 'Cider With Rosie'. The Golden Globe award-winning and Oscar-nominated actress has been cast as Annie Lee in the upcoming BBC One adaptation of Laurie Lee's classic novel of the same name. She said: ''I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC One's 'Cider With Rosie' as it is one of my favourite books.'' The drama is to be directed by Call the Midwife's Philippa Lowthorpe and adapted by Ben Vanstone and will air on the channel next year as part of its season of classic 20th century literature. Starring »
The adaptation will air on BBC One in 2015, as part of the channel's classic 20th Century literature season. »
On screen, the parents of seriously ill children are often (probably quite accurately) portrayed as unsung heroes, battling the system, denying themselves, and doing everything they can to protect their kids. In The Harvest, the long overdue return to cinema from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton, it’d be easy to initially mistake Samantha Morton’s character, Katherine, for one of these parents. But it soon becomes clear just how completely off the mark this impression is.
The film focuses on Katherine’s relationship with her pre-teen son, Andy (Charlie Tahan). Andy is sick. He’s so sick, he can’t walk. He needs a cocktail of specialised drugs, which Katherine, a doctor, breaks the law to obtain for him. At first, her overprotectiveness seems understandable, if a little intense. But things get worse. Andy mustn’t have friends: friends might infect him. He mustn’t ever go outside. »
- Becki Hawkes
Ulmann wrote Miss Julie based on the play by August Strindberg about a troubled noblewoman in late 19th century Ireland who over the course of one midsummer night attempts to seduce her father’s valet.
Wrekin Hill negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and has set a December theatrical release. Wild Bunch handles international sales. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The deal comes three weeks after the drama, directed by Liv Ullmann, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film is set during the course of a midsummer night in Ireland in 1890 with Chastain portraying an unsettled daughter of Anglo-Irish aristocracy, who encourages her father’s valet (Farrell) to seduce her. The valet is already engaged to the cook, played by Morton.
- Dave McNary
Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Liv Ullmann's “Miss Julie,” which stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, it was announced Friday by Wrekin Hill president and CEO Chris Ball. “Miss Julie” premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Wrekin Hill will release the film in theaters in December 2014. Ullmann adapted the play by August Strindberg, and the film was produced by Synnøve Hørsdal, Oliver Dungey, and Teun Hilte. “Miss Julie” is set during the course of a midsummer night in Ireland in 1890. It centers around the unsettled daughter (Chastain) of Anglo-Irish aristocracy, »
- Jeff Sneider
The Last Panthers originated as an idea from French journalist Jerome Pierrat and the screenplay has been written by Jack Thorne, whose film and TV credits include Skins, This is England, A Long Way Down, Glue and The Fades.
Filming will start on 27th October with the four key shooting locations in London, Marseille, Belgrade and Montenegro.
Worldwide distribution is being handled by StudioCanal-owned Tandem and BSkyB’s international division, Sky Vision »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London – Samantha Morton, John Hurt and Tahar Rahim will topline the cast of six-part crime drama “The Last Panthers,” which has been greenlit by U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB and French counterpart Canal Plus.
The series opens with a diamond heist before plunging into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and crooked moneymen — “banksters” — now rules.
Morton plays Naomi, a British loss adjustor charged with recovering the stolen diamonds whatever the cost, while Hurt is Tom, her nefarious boss. Also in pursuit is a French-Algerian policeman Khalil, played by Rahim.
The series is produced by Peter Carlton of Warp Films, and Caroline Benjo and Jimmy Desmarais of Haut et Court. It is based on an idea by French journalist Jerome Pierrat, and the screenplay is from Jack Thorne (“Skins”).
- Leo Barraclough
Sky Atlantic will team up with Canal+ for the series, which focuses around the pursuit of stolen goods following a diamond heist.
Morton plays a determined loss adjustor, while Hurt stars as her disreputable boss.
Rahim plays a French-Algerian policeman also in pursuit of the diamonds.
"It has all the ingredients to ensure our customers will love it and it will flourish on the channel - on and off screen world-class talent combined with a gripping and thought provoking story.
Vivendi's CanalPlus and BSkyB's Sky Atlantic are teaming up on a new series, The Last Panthers, starring John Hurt, Tahar Rahim and Samantha Morton. The heist thriller will tell the story of the infamous Pink Panthers gang, which is responsible for high-profile jewel heists all over the world and previously also got the movie treatment. The gang is suspected to have been behind a big jewelry heist during the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Based on an idea from journalist Jerome Pierrat, Panthers will be written by Skins scribe Jack Thorne and directed by Johan Renck, who has directed
- Rhonda Richford
Based on an idea from journalist Jerome Pierrat, the story is inspired by the infamous Pink Panthers gang, a group responsible for high-profile jewel heists all over the world. The group is suspected to be behind a major heist during the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
Jack Thorne ("Skins") will pen the six-episode series which opens with a diamond heist and follows the goods as they move throughout Europe. We see the story unfold from different perspectives including government officials and war criminals along with people from the worlds of organized crime and high finance.
Morton plays an insurance expert, Hurt her boss, and Rahim a French-Algerian policeman who are all on the hunt for the missing jewels.
- Garth Franklin
The 2002 film In America earned writer-director Jim Sheridan an Oscar nomination for his script, which he co-wrote with his daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. The film was inspired by Sheridan’s own family. Now Sheridan will now be able to pull even more from his own experiences, as the film will be turned into a series at HBO.
As Deadline first reported, Sheridan and his daughters have signed on to adapt the film—and their lives—into an HBO series being produced by Fox TV Studios. The Sheridan trio will all serve as executive producers on the project, though »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless
There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888 play Miss Julie still ranking as one of theater’s most celebrated and intelligent titles. A forerunner of a movement toward naturalism, director Liv Ullmann pares down the visual flourish which hearkens back to Strindberg’s initial contrivance. Her first film since the critically celebrated Faithless (2000), which was written by Ullmann’s longtime collaborator Ingmar Bergman, the passion that burned through that relationship drama is replaced by reserved bouts of class driven animosity. While true to the initial spirit of Strindberg’s text, the focus here is devoted nearly entirely to class issues, leaving some of the play’s more subtle motifs rather neglected. Considering the extravagant and mesmerizing 1951 version from Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjoberg, Ullmann’s adaptation is a chewy piece of meat, »
- Nicholas Bell
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So, the monster under the Doctor’s bed when he was a kid was Clara. Well, why not? She’s been responsible for every other important thing in his life.
And while we’re at it, why not another example of Steven Moffat’s recycling his own ideas — whatever you do, don’t look; the monster in the shadows; the impossible astronaut — and other Doctor Who-ish things: the knocking from outside in a place where nothing’s supposed to be alive; the stranded time-traveler who’s related to someone else in the episode. As long as it’s all a fairy tale anyway, it doesn’t need to actually hang together as a narrative, right?
Because: awwwww. The Doctor as a little boy! Fear is a superpower! Toy soldiers!
Anyway, none of it’s really real, right? Everyone has the dream about their ankle being grabbed from under the bed, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"Kiss my shoe!" Colin Farrell reenacts critical reaction to Chastain's debut film year
This review contains 126 year-old spoilers if you’re not familiar with August Strindbergh’s one act play, which has been adapted to film frequently. The play is about the bored, lonely, and loveless daughter of a Baron, Miss Julie (Jessica Chastain) who enjoys toying with the servants, especially with John her father's valet (Colin Farrell). She flirts shamelessly even in front of his fiancé the cook (Samantha Morton) ordering him to perform sometimes demeaning and not very valet-like duties, like kissing her shoe or bringing her flowers. The story takes place in a single night in which the valet and the lady of the house will consummate their extremely uncomfortable »
- NATHANIEL R
Screen Media announced on Tuesday that it was going for a “Ride” with Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker Helen Hunt. The independent distributor has acquired her second movie as a director, which is a follow-up to 2007's “Then She Found Me.” See also: Aaron Paul, Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton Fight Breast Cancer in ‘Decoding Annie Parker’ Trailer (Video) The film is about “an editor from The New Yorker magazine (Helen Hunt) follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. »
- Jordan Zakarin
The McConaissance required some time on television, but there won't be a similar Cruisaissance.
Matthew McConaughey "slummed it" on HBO's "True Detective," and the rave reviews likely helped propel him to his first Academy Award. One would think Tom Cruise might take some notes from that and star in the TV series sequel to his 2002 movie, "Minority Report." One would be wrong.
Instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox is planning the pilot without him - and they're even flipping the gender on his role. The series would take place 10 years after the Precrime program ended and follow a male Precog who's still sees visions of the future. He teams up with "a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift."
In the 2002 film, based on Philip K. Dick's short story, Cruise played a detective in the year 2054 who ran the Precrime unit, »
- Kelly Woo
By Anjelica Oswald
Some pictures headed to the Toronto International Film Festival already with a domestic distributor — such as, The Judge (Warner Bros.) and Nightcrawler (Open Road Films) — but others are hoping to garner some bids and make some deals during the 11-day festival.
Among the recent acquisitions is The Last 5 Years, which was picked up by the Weinstein Co.’s RADiUS label.
Here are 10 acquisition titles to keep an eye on as of Monday morning:
While We’re Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, along with Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, play two sets of New York couples who become unlikely friends in Noah Baumbach’s new film. These couples have similar interests — both Stiller and Driver are documentary filmmakers — but live vastly different lifestyles. The older couple is more intune with the modern world, whereas the younger couple are into the hipster lifestyle, obsessed with vinyls and vintage. »
- Anjelica Oswald
It’s taken close to 15 years for her to return to the director’s chair, followed by months of speculation and feverish anticipation once news of production hit, but Liv Ullmann has finally unveiled her new film at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Miss Julie,” the infamous play by August Strindberg incessantly adapted for the screen and stage in multiple countries and languages, gets an Anglophone interpretation from the legendary Norwegian actress; set in Ireland, and starring a trio of familiar Hollywood faces in Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. The film has all the makings of a special occasion with its multiple narratives; the return of Ullmann, the continuation of the "Chastainaissance," Colin Farrell in a respectable film again. It’s no surprise we, too, were swept up in all the excitement (the film was a shoe-in for our 15 most anticipated Tiff films) and yet, now that we’ve finally seen it, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
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