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Dame Judi Dench + Netflix Projects Filming Now in the U.K.

Actors of United Kingdom: Salutations! Here’s the freshest scoop on an exciting array of projects filming near and across the home nations. This info is piping hot, so roll up your sleeves and prepare for a helping of juicy industry details! Two words: Toni Collette. That’s right, she back and this time for BBC and Netflix’s newest joint effort, “Wanderlust.” This exciting eight-part series, written by Nick Payne and directed by Luke Snellin, explores the validity and value of monogamy. Filming is currently underway in Manchester and casting for this project is being handled by Sam Jones. Where there’s a Dame, there’s a camera. And Dame Judi Dench is among the cast of Trevor Nunn’s newest venture, “Red Joan.” Production for this project is in full swing and we’ve heard they’ll be bringing the shoot to Cambridge very soon––our sources tell
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Bill Nighy Fights to Find The Limehouse Golem in Horror Film’s DVD Giveaway

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Bill Nighy Fights to Find The Limehouse Golem in Horror Film’s DVD Giveaway
Sometimes the only way a notorious criminal can be caught is for the officers who are investigating the case to begin thinking like, and be put in the same position, as the suspect. That’s certainly the case for the police who are hunting for the title serial killer in the thriller, ‘The Limehouse Golem.’ The […]

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November 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Limehouse Golem, Darkman II and III, Westworld Season 1

  • DailyDead
Now that November is in full swing, we have a brand new batch of Blu-ray and DVD releases to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with the releases of both Darkman II and III, as well as co-presenting Killing Ground and Darkness Rising alongside IFC Midnight.

As far as other new titles are concerned, there’s a bunch coming our way on Tuesday, including Ghastlies, The Limehouse Golem, Dead Still, Mother Krampus, Demon Hole, and Westworld Season 1. And for you cult film fanatics, both Satan’s Cheerleaders and John Landis’ thriller Into the Night are both making their way to Blu, too.

Other November 7th releases include Beneath, The Nightmare, The Untamed, and The Tormenting.

Darkman II: The Return of Durant (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed sequel to the hit motion picture. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
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Annette Bening to Be Honored at Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute

Annette Bening to Be Honored at Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute
The Museum of the Moving Image will pay tribute to Annette Bening at its 31st annual Salute on Dec. 13 in New York.

The event will include an award presentation featuring clips from Bening’s career, introduced by her friends and colleagues.

“On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses,” said Michael Barker, co-chairman of the Museum’s board of trustees. “From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising. We at the Museum of the Moving Image have wanted to honor her for some time but there is no question in our minds that this is so obviously her moment.”

Bening is a four-time Oscar nominee, two-time Golden
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Freshly-Minted Goldfinch Studios Names Sales Chief (Exclusive)

Freshly-Minted Goldfinch Studios Names Sales Chief (Exclusive)
Newly created Goldfinch Studios has brought on Andy Green as head of sales and distribution.

Announced last week, Goldfinch Studios was launched as an integrated development, production, finance, post-production and vfx business, and was created following the merger of London-based Goldfinch Entertainment and York-based Gsp Studios.

Green will work alongside managing director Kirsty Bell and studio director Alan Latham. The new recruit comes to Goldfinch from on-demand service Distrify, where he was CEO.

“For a long time, we have been looking for the right person to spearhead the sales and distribution of all the content we either fund, executive produce or produce,” Bell said. “But what Andy brings is more than that, given his extensive global experience, his understanding of the changing market place and the digital space, and his all-round industry knowledge and business acumen.”

Goldfinch’s slate of upcoming projects includes Bill Nighy film “Triple Word Score,” and Michael Morpurgo adaptation “Waiting for Anya,” which
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Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’

Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’
Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment has picked up international sales rights to Ron Perlman-starring “The Escape of Prisoner 614.” North American rights are handled by CAA.

The comedy-drama, directed by Zach Golden, involves two former sheriff’s deputies chasing after an escaped prisoner in the hopes of getting their jobs back. Now in post-production, it co-stars “Martin Starr, from “Knocked Up.” Production is by Jordan Beckerman, Jordan Yale Levine, and Shaun Sanghani.

Film Mode will present first footage of the movie at the American Film Market this week, alongwith promotional reel for Terence Stamp-starring “Viking Destiny.”

Adventure film “Viking destiny” centers on a young Norse girl, the rightful heir to the Viking kingdom, who is banished after she’s framed for the murder of her father, the king. It was written and directed by David L.G. Hughes, the film explores the legendary crusades of Scandinavian explorers.

Film Mode’s recent titles include “Sugar Mountain” starring
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Attention Afm: The Best New Restaurants, Bars in Santa Monica

Attention Afm: The Best New Restaurants, Bars in Santa Monica
Looking around, it may seem the citizens of Santa Monica and Venice survive only on pressed juices, grain bowls, salads and finely crafted coffees, but heartier fare does exist in the beach town. Several new fast-casual options mean running out for a quick bite of comfort food is easier this year on the Third Street Promenade, while Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard offers every food trend. Keep in mind some restaurants now add service fees to checks, much like Europe, but novel for the U.S. Here where to find some new and tasty spots.

Santa Monica

Classic American Eats: HiHo CheeseBurger

Locals crowd into this contemporary hamburger outlet close to the Laemmle Monica Film Center. Grass-fed Wagyu beef patties and hand-cut fries are the main attraction; pickles and vegetarian patties are made in-house. Beer and wine are served too. Seating is mostly counter-side on stools but there are a few tables. Although ideal for
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Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’ – Afm

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Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’ – Afm
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy are teaming to star in Hope Gap, the new movie from Oscar-nominated Gladiator and Shadowlands scribe William Nicholson, who penned the script for the family drama and is directing. The pic, a “nuanced and tender take on familial disbandment,” is in pre-production with an eye on a summer 2018 production start. Origin PicturesDavid M. Thompson is producing. Protagonist is handling international sales and co-repping North American sales with…
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Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in the independent family drama “Hope Gap,” with William Nicholson directing from his own script.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist. Protagonist and CAA will introduce “Hope Gap” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. Principal photography is set to begin in the summer.

Bening and Nighy will portray a couple married for 29 years. The story follows their son’s weekend visit to their seaside home, when Nighy’s character informs him that he plans to leave his wife the following day. “Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution.

“Ever since ‘Shadowlands,’ I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: ‘Hope Gap’ is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud
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AFM: Netflix, Amazon Part of Forces Shaping Indie Business Models

AFM: Netflix, Amazon Part of Forces Shaping Indie Business Models
The American Film Market is caught in a whirlwind of industry forces that are changing how film sales are done. Digital platforms are taking some top projects off the table, new ventures including Endeavor Content are helping finance sales companies’ transformation into producers, and online dealmaking and fests such as Toronto are turning film buying into a 365-day-a-year business that could become far less dependent on markets or sales agents.

“Netflix and Amazon are now in the business of creating their own content and delivering it directly to the consumer — and there will be others, like Google and Facebook — [that won’t need] companies like ours to act as a conduit between producers and distributors, so the middleman is being squeezed out,” says Mister Smith Entertainment CEO David Garrett. “The only way for companies like mine, the FilmNations and the Im Globals of this world to maintain leverage is by developing, producing and owning our own content and IP.”

Thorsten Schumacher, former
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AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'

AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'
Annette Bening is to take the lead alongside Bill Nighy in Hope Gap.

Announced on the eve of the American Film Market, the film is the second feature as director from Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Miserables), and will see Oscar-nominated Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, American Beauty) and BAFTA-winning Nighy (Their Finest, Love Actually) playing a couple who have been married for 29 years. When their son, Jamie, comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. The next day. Just another breakup. Hope Gap tracks the unraveling of...
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Has It Become Fashionable for Actors Not to Learn Their Lines?

BAFTA-winning actor Bill Nighy has criticized the new generation of actors for whom it has become trendy not to learn their lines. He has described their behavior as a discourtesy to their fellow professionals. He made these comments while addressing an audience at Cheltenham Film Festival. Young performers in both film and theater have come to believe that not learning their lines will in some way enhance their performance. It is Nighy’s belief that they need to focus their efforts on preparing for their performances properly. In his opinion, this trend has only started because some people do not want

Has It Become Fashionable for Actors Not to Learn Their Lines?
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Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists.

Castings

Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made in Italy,” James D’Arcy’s feature directorial debut.

Developed by London based CrossDay Productions, the film is produced by Pippa Cross and Sam Tipper-Hale with co-producer Nicola Serra for Italian production entity Palomar. HanWay’s Gabrielle Stewart and CrossDay’s Janette Day are executive producers.

D’Arcy previously wrote and directed the short film “Chicken/Egg,” starring Hayley Atwell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which screened at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Made in Italy” is set in Tuscany with Nighy as a bohemian London artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son (played by Lowden) to make a quick
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Billy Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’

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Billy Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’
Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots, Dunkirk) are now attached to James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut Made In Italy. The comedy, set in Tuscany, is about a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is slated to go before the cameras next year in both Tuscany and London. The film was developed by London-based…
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Underworld TV series is in development

David Crow Sep 26, 2017

The Underworld franchise will live again in a new television series...

A good vampire story never truly ends. Like the eternal succubi themselves, a yarn about Nosferatu merely mutates and transforms, but it never stops. How else do you explain all those bloody Dracula movies? So it’s not really a surprise that Underworld will live again as a television series after enjoying a lengthy (and long-in-the-tooth) five-film franchise.

Indeed, Deadline broke the news that longtime Underworld patron Len Wiseman and his production company Sketch Films is moving forward with a previously rumored Underworld television series that’ll target a premium cable/streaming market. Wiseman gave a quote confirming as much.

“The series will be a pretty big departure from the films,” Wiseman said. “I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”

This
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10 Actors Who Were Almost in Doctor Strange

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10 Actors Who Were Almost in Doctor Strange
It was a beautiful validation for comic book fans everywhere when the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew so unstoppable that some of the trippiest and hardest-to-adapt characters were finally able to star in their own franchises, with A-list actors to boot. None have been weirder than Doctor Strange. And now, It's hard to imagine anyone other than Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduced in the pages of Strange Tales back in the summer of 1963. But things could have turned out a lot different.

As things got cooking for Marvel's Phase 3, there were a slew of big name actors in contention for the magical role of Doctor Stephen Strange. And a few A listers came very close to signing that contract. As Marvel puts it, Benedict Cumberbatch was always the first choice. But we're not so sure about that, as one particular
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What's great about The Limehouse Golem? Glorious Victorian London grime

Smoke-blackened brick, the soot, the fog … Starring Bill Nighy, the film adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel is a reminder that London is a Victorian city and its pea soupers and shadowy figures are made for cinema

The latest portrayal of London as a Victorian city, The Limehouse Golem, adapted from Peter Ackroyd’s novel and starring Bill Nighy, is in a grand tradition that shows no sign of going out of fashion any time soon. There may, from time to time, be an example – such as Sherlock – in which the whole point is for the drama not to be set in Victorian London; but even then, the weight of the capital’s history is ever-present, the self-consciousness of the translation from 19th to 21st century evident in every second of screen time. There may be modern buildings in shot, but for all practical purposes, it’s set in a Victorian city.
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Bill Nighy Is a Sassy Victorian Detective in an Exclusive ‘The Limehouse Golem’ Clip

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You can always count on Bill Nighy to deliver his signature brand of sass and a dose of lovable humanity to any role, no matter the setting. For his latest film, Nighy takes us to Victorian London in The Limehouse Golem, a new period thriller from X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service screenwriter Jane Goldman. Adapted from Peter Ackroyd's 1994 novel, the film stars Nighy as Inspector Kildare, a veteran detective on the hunt for the titular serial killer, The Limehouse Golem, who is tormenting investigators with a string of dead bodies and cryptic messages written …
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Review: The Limehouse Golem

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Plot: A police inspector (Bill Nighy) in Victorian London, tries to solve a series of serial killings with the help of an imprisoned musical hall performer (Olivia Cooke). Review: If you ever wondered what it might be like if Bill Nighy played Sherlock Holmes in a straight-forward adaptation, The Limehouse Golem has your predictable answer - he would have been great. Often typecast in daffy, serio-comic parts (to... Read More...
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