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Review: Their Finest (Tiff 2016)

20 September 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: During the London Blitz, a young woman (Gemma Arterton) takes a job as a script writer for women’s dialogue in morale-boosting films. When an idea of hers gets turned into a massive technicolor production, she finds herself on location with a sexist screen-writer (Sam Claflin) and an over-the-hill former leading man (Bill Nighy) desperate to save his flagging career. Review: There comes a point in... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Christopher Walken To Receive Award, The Limehouse Golem to Close Sitges 2016

15 September 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Christopher Walken will receive the Grand Honourary Award at Sitges 2016 this year. A stellar career whose highlights include iconic performances in The Deer Hunter, The Dead Zone, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, and countless other films, will grace the festival with his presence next month to accept this great honour (and yes, I will be asking him to dance).  This great news comes on the heels of a flurry of screening announcements. Closing the festival will be Juan Carlos Medina's The Limehouse Golem, a Victorian serial killer tale starring Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke. Other recently added titles from Europe and the Americas include Alice Lowe's fantastic Prevenge; The Untamed, a monster movie of a different colour from Mexico, and Raw,...

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EuropaCorp Buys Us Rights to Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton WWII Movie ‘Their Finest’

14 September 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

EuropaCorp has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Their Finest,” a World War II comedy-drama about filmmakers. Director Lone Scherfig‘s movie follows a group working together to make an inspirational war flick during the London Blitz. “Their Finest” stars Gemma ArtertonSam Claflin (pictured above), Bill NighyJack Huston and Richard E. Grant and is based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 novel “Their Finest Hour and a Half.” “There is no one like Lone who can ride the line between comedy and drama in such a profound and beautiful way,” EuropaCorp’s Marc Shmuger said in a statement. “Her film is a total crowd pleaser. »

- Matt Pressberg

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‘Their Finest’ In Big EuropaCorp Deal – Toronto

14 September 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Another big Toronto sale is upon us. EuropaCorp is wrapping up a mid-seven-figure deal for Their Finest, the Lone Scherfig-directed World War II drama that stars Sam Claflin, Jake Lacy, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Jack Huston. It’s a comedy about a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational and patriotic film to boost morale during the Blitz. Amanda Posey and Stephen Wooley produced it. This is shaping up to be the big deal so far for a finished film, with… »

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Toronto: EuropaCorp Buys ‘Their Finest’ (Exclusive)

14 September 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

EuropaCorp has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to the World War II comedy-drama “Their Finest,” Variety has learned.

The  picture debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and centers around a group of filmmakers struggling to make an inspirational and patriotic film to boost morale during the Blitz of London. It stars Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, and Gemma Arterton and is directed by “An Education’s” Lone Scherfig. There were several interested studios sniffing around the project in what was described as a heated bidding situation.

Calling the film a “crowd pleaser,” EuropaCorp CEO Marc Shumger said in a statement, “It’s all at once witty, heart tugging, and hilarious. EuropaCorp couldn’t be more excited to partner with Lone and the production team to bring this brilliant movie to Us audiences.”

The deal is in the mid-seven figure range, with a a P&A commitment of roughly $7 million, »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Their Finest’ review [Tiff ’16]

14 September 2016 4:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Their Finest review: Lone Scherfig adapts Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half. The film receives its world premiere at Tiff ’16.

Their Finest review by Paul Heath, Toronto International Film Festival, 2016.

Their Finest is the latest film from Danish filmmaker Lone Sherfig (An Education), a wartime drama/ comedy led by Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

The film is essentially a romantic comedy set during the Blitz in wartime London where a group of filmmakers are looking for a new film to bring to the silver screen to boost morale. Gemma Arterton plays Catrin Cole, a “slop” scriptwriter is the one charged to come up with the next big screenplay, working directly with the British Ministry of Information’s Film Division. Catrin learns of the story of a couple of twin sisters who helped rescue soldiers after the retreat at Dunkirk, so travels to their home one the coast to meet them. »

- Paul Heath

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IFC Films acquires 'The Bleeder'

13 September 2016 10:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philippe Falardeau’s drama starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts has gone to IFC Films in a Us deal in Toronto.

EuropaCorp sources confirmed they had acquired Us rights from CAA to Lone Scherfig’s rom-com Their Finest, which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy and premiered as a Gala Presentation.

Meanwhile Netflix continued to pursue Us and select international rights to Fabrice Du Welz’s Message From The King starring Chadwick Boseman, the Vanguard selection it has been stalking since the weekend.

Buyers were understood to be circling Onur Tukel’s black comedy Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche and interest was coalescing around George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon following its world premiere on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Music Box announced it had acquired Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion.

Returning to The Bleeder, IFC Films brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in the wake of last weekend »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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IFC acquires 'The Bleeder'

13 September 2016 10:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philippe Falardeau’s drama starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts has gone to IFC Films in a Us deal in Toronto.

EuropaCorp sources confirmed they had acquired Us rights from CAA to Lone Scherfig’s rom-com Their Finest, which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy and premiered as a Gala Presentation.

Meanwhile Netflix continued to pursue Us and select international rights to Fabrice Du Welz’s Message From The King starring Chadwick Boseman, the Vanguard selection it has been stalking since the weekend.

Buyers were understood to be circling Onur Tukel’s black comedy Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche and interest was coalescing around George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon following its world premiere on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Music Box announced it had acquired Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion.

Returning to The Bleeder, IFC Films brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in the wake of last weekend »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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[Tiff Review] The Limehouse Golem

13 September 2016 2:24 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It took fifteen years of perseverance—acquiring the rights, losing them, and reacquiring them at the behest of screenwriter Jane Goldman stoking the fire—but producer Stephen Woolley finally got Peter Ackroyd‘s 1994 novel on the big screen as The Limehouse Golem. There were some big names attached from Merchant Ivory originating plans to Woolley hoping for Neil Jordan years before developing it with Terry Gilliam. Don’t let this taint your opinion when peering upon Juan Carlos Medina‘s name on the director’s chair, though. Despite being only his sophomore feature, there’s a lot to like as he imbues the proceedings with a nightmarish air of mystery and suspense. It’s a dark Sherlock Holmes-esque case bolstered by a heartfelt desire for justice exactly when it appears impossible to find.

Like the words uttered by music hall comedian Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), this film begins at »

- Jared Mobarak

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Their Finest review - Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy struggle with a duff script in wartime drama

13 September 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An Education director Lone Scherfig goes period again with this account of British women on the home front during the Blitz – but it’s all a bit predictable

Their Finest, the latest serviceable period jaunt from An Education director Lone Scherfig, masquerades as an ode to how women played a major role in boosting national morale during the Blitz of London in the second world war. At its core, it’s really just a workplace love story that grows increasingly uninterested in its plucky heroine’s journey in favour of hitting familiar rom-com notes – and to give audiences another reason to love Bill Nighy.

Related: Jackie review – Natalie Portman astonishes in remarkably intimate portrait

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- Nigel M Smith

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First Clip From Acclaimed Period Thriller ‘The Limehouse Golem’ Starring Olivia Cooke & Bill Nighy

13 September 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One film that’s been running under the radar at Tiff, but has been picking up good notices from those who’ve seen it, is “The Limehouse Golem.” Hailing from acclaimed Spanish director Juan Carlos Medina, produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley, and written by Jane Goldman of “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman” fame, the film is an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel “Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem,” and is a period thriller set in the theater world in Victorian London.

Continue reading First Clip From Acclaimed Period Thriller ‘The Limehouse Golem’ Starring Olivia Cooke & Bill Nighy at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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[Tiff Review] Their Finest

13 September 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ticking off multiple points on the big crowd-pleaser checklist, Their Finest is a romantic dramedy about patriotism set during World War II, with a nice splash of girl-power sentiment thrown in as well. And it has Bill Nighy. Can’t do a middle-brow British prestige picture without that guy nowadays. Whenever it hits theaters (likely around the holidays), it’ll make for a good family outing. Your mom will probably cry – and so might you, but don’t be too ashamed of yourself.

Gemma Arterton stars as Catrin Cole, a housewife in London during the Blitz who semi-stumbles into a job punching up scripts for Ministry of Information films. After interviewing twin sisters who participated in the evacuation of Dunkirk, she pitches their story to the studio, which decides to turn it into a feature. Catrin works as screenwriter alongside Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin), who’s temperamental but oh, quite fetching, »

- Daniel Schindel

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Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest’ Starring Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy Is A Charming Feminist Love Letter To Filmmaking [Tiff Review]

13 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The charming, rousing WWII romance “Their Finest” is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear. Set in London in 1940, the movie stars Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a Welsh writer who moves to the war-torn city to be with her painter boyfriend Ellis (played by Jack Huston), then ends up taking a job writing scenarios for Ministry of Information propaganda shorts.

Continue reading Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest’ Starring Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy Is A Charming Feminist Love Letter To Filmmaking [Tiff Review] at The Playlist. »

- Noel Murray

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‘Their Finest’ Is A Feminist Rom-Com That Lets Down Its Ladies — Tiff Review

12 September 2016 2:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

First things first: Bill Nighy is an international treasure (but you already knew that). Singlehandedly capable of transforming a comedy from wan to winsome, the droll patron saint of mediocre British movies has only become more welcome as he’s grown more ubiquitous. “Their Finest” is as wan (and winsome) as anything he has ever made, but Nighy — playing a pompous wartime actor who serves as a glorified prop in his country’s interchangeable propaganda films — has never been better. Alas, the lanky British baritone has no business being the standout of a story that exists in order to celebrate the value of female storytellers; Bill Nighy is many things, but a woman isn’t one of them.

A characteristically lush period rom-com from “An Education” director Lone Scherfig, “Their Finest” winds back the clocks to a time when movies were a matter of life and death. We open in »

- David Ehrlich

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As ‘Jackie’ and ‘Colossal’ Lure Buyers, Toronto Turns Into a Waiting Game

12 September 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie” roused what’s been a sleepy market at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Natalie Portman as the former First Lady, the film covers a four-day period that begins just before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and Portman turns in an Oscar-worthy performance that received a standing ovation at the film’s screening Sunday.

Fox Searchlight has first and last look on the movie, but distributors also understood to be in the hunt include A24. EuropaCorp, French mogul Luc Besson’s U.S.-based upstart led by former Universal co-chairman Marc Shmuger, made initial inquiries but stopped short of a bid. CAA and Insiders are handling the sale.

Related‘Jackie’ Review: Pablo Larrian’s Experimental Jackie Kennedy Biopic Is a Unique Triumph – Venice Film Festival

Also generating heat is Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s genre-defying monster movie “Colossal” starring Anne Hathaway. The movie follows »

- Graham Winfrey

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Watch The First Clip From WW2 Crowd-Pleaser ‘Their Finest’ Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin & Bill Nighy

12 September 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Oscar voters have made clear again and again that they love movies about movies. From Best Picture victories for “Argo” and “The Artist” to Bryan Cranston’s Best Actor nod for “Trumbo” last year, films that talk about the power of film have proven consistently popular with awards bodies. Which means that “Their Finest” could be […]

The post Watch The First Clip From WW2 Crowd-Pleaser ‘Their Finest’ Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin & Bill Nighy appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Limehouse Golem review – an upturned Victorian murder mystery

12 September 2016 4:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lurid beheadings aside, this unlikely feminist Jack the Ripper-esque thriller cleverly unpicks late-Victorian London’s social strictures

We’ll get to to the juicy and suspenseful murder mystery in a moment, but all discussion about The Limehouse Golem must begin with Bill Nighy. As Scotland Yard detective John Kildare, Nighy and his late Victorian suits seem like they’ve stepped out of a painting. It’s not just the way he looks or talks, but his elegant stride, his mercurial humour as he scrutinises clues and the way he deflects questions or reminders about his station in life. He is a greatly respected man, but one who will likely never get the position he deserves thanks to suspicions of “not being the marrying kind”.

Indeed, his newest case, finding the Jack the Ripper-esque Limehouse Golem, is set up to fail. No one can crack this one, so when he comes »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Their Finest’

11 September 2016 8:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Their Finest” is set in London in 1940, during the height of the Blitz, and takes its title from a speech by Winston Churchill. It is a film about filmmaking, in particular the making of a film that needs to serve as a salve for the besieged British populace, boosting morale and helping, in its own way, to win the War. It features a plucky, proto-feminist heroine, a jaded love interest, a raft of distinguished English character actors, and an adorable dog. When boiled down to elevator pitches, “Their Finest” sounds less like a film than a winning round of Oscar-bait bingo.

Happily, it is nothing of the sort. It is, rather, a relentlessly charming romantic comedy that sees director Lone Scherfig steer a sharp course correction from 2011’s misbegotten “One Day,” and finally expand the sensibilities she displayed with “Italian for Beginners” and “An Education” into a more commercial direction. »

- Andrew Barker

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Limehouse Golem’

11 September 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As busy and artificial as Victorian interior decor at its most excessive, “The Limehouse Golem” is similarly rather too much of a posh good thing. This adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” (published in the U.S. as “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree”) is a baroque mixture of real historical personages, fictive figures, multi-tiered flashbacks and a two-pronged criminal intrigue encompassing both a domestic poisoning and grisly serial murders in 1880 London.

Juan Carlos Medina’s second feature (and first English-language one, after the 2012 European co-production “Insensibles”) sports nary a dull moment — there’s no time for them, nor for much in the way of the richer atmospherics and character detailing this material cries for. It’s hard not to wonder how much better the cluttered results might have played as a miniseries, particularly given that TV has excelled at just such ambitious mystery-driven genre mixups of late. »

- Dennis Harvey

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Bill Nighy: I was proud to be considered for Alan Rickman's film part

11 September 2016 2:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star of The Limehouse Golem, which has premiered at Toronto, was admirer of Rickman, who left project before his death

The actor Bill Nighy has said he is proud to have filled the role intended for Alan Rickman in his latest film, The Limehouse Golem.

Rickman, who died of pancreatic cancer in January aged 69, was to star in the adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel but was forced to pull out because of his illness.

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- Press Association

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