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12 items from 2016


News Bits: Rules, Turtle, Day, Boy, Resurgence

19 May 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rules Don't Apply

Following on from yesterday's first look photos from the project, actor and filmmaker Warren Beatty has released the first photo of himself as Howard Hughes in his new film "Rules Don't Apply" - his first directorial effort in 18 years and first onscreen role in 15 years.

The movie, which Beatty described as comedy, follows a young man (Alden Ehrenreich) and a young woman (Lily Collins) from puritan backgrounds who come to Hollywood on the brink of the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism in the early 1960s. It's currently targeting a November 11th release. [Source: EW]

The Red Turtle

Following rave reviews after premiering in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Sony Pictures Classics has scored North American rights to Michael Dudok de Wit's dialogue-free animated feature "The Red Turtle".

Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch co-produced the film about a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, »

- Garth Franklin

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‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s Ol Parker To Adapt ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ For Studio Canal, Blueprint – Cannes

16 May 2016 12:34 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive– Ol Parker, who wrote both instalments of the hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films, has been tapped by Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures to adapt Matt Haig’s acclaimed novel A Boy Called Christmas. The book follows the early life of Father Christmas. Frequent partners Studio Canal and Blueprint acquired the book’s rights in a competitive situation. The book was published by Canongate in the UK. Hailed as an instant Christmas classic by the Guardian, and… »

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Toby Jones, Anne Reid lead UK thriller 'Kaleidoscope'

13 April 2016 3:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Production underway on feature produced by Matthew James Wilkinson and Maggie Monteith.

Principal photography has begun in London on UK psychological thriller Kaleidoscope, which will star Toby Jones (Dad’s Army), Anne Reid (The Mother) and Sinead Matthews (Happy-Go-Lucky).

Described as a modern day Psycho, Kaleidoscope explores the destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother and is written and directed by Toby Jones’ brother Rupert Jones.

The latter previously directed his brother in 2006 short The Sickie and more recently took the reins on well-received 2013 musical-drama The Answer To Everything, Streetwise Opera’s 10th anniversary production starring a cast of 120 homeless people, which was distributed by the BFI.

Producers are Matthew James Wilkinson (The Call Up) of Stigma Films and Maggie Monteith (Searching For Sugar Man) of Dignity Film Finance under the production banner of Longships Films Ltd.

Executive producers are Chris Reed and Phil Rymer with Roopesh Parekh (Poldark) co-producing.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Fox Searchlight Signs First-Look Deal with ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Producer Damian Jones

23 March 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Damian Jones’ DJ Films, which recently wrapped principal photography on “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” which will be released by Fox Searchlight on July 1 in the U.K. and July 22 in North America, is based on the television series directed by Mandie Fletcher, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

Last year Jones produced the British comedy film “Dad’s Army,” directed by Oliver Parker, and “Lady in the Van,” directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Maggie Smith, who was nominated for both BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for her performance. Jones is developing “Goodbye Christopher Robin” with Steve Christian and director Simon Curtis.

Jones’ relationship with Fox Searchlight started with “The History Boys,” and continued through through “Belle” into “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” and “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures has a long and exciting history »

- Leo Barraclough

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Miguel Arteta to Direct Fox Searchlight’s ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

22 March 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Miguel Arteta will direct “Sorta Like a Rock Star” for Fox Searchlight, sources confirmed to Variety.

Arteta will develop the project with Ol Parker penning the script. Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib wrote the first draft.

Based on the novel by “Silver Linings Playbook” author Matthew Quick, the story follows Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a school bus after being booted out of the house by her mother’s boyfriend. The bus, which is called Hello Yellow, is the same one that her mother uses to drive kids to school. With unyielding optimism, Amber is put to the test after a fatal tragedy.

The film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen and Gotham Group’s Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.

Arteta last directed Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. »

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Miguel Arteta To Direct ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’ For Fox Searchlight

22 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Director Miguel Arteta has come aboard to develop Sorta Like A Rock Star for Fox Searchlight with Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies), who is adapting the book on which the film will be based. Arteta, who has directed numerous projects in the TV space, most recently directed Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for the big screen, which pulled in more than $100M globally. The deal with Arteta closed Friday. Sorta Lik… »

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"Pieces," "Annabelle 2," "Star" Get Directors

22 March 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actor Taylor Kitsch has penned and will make his feature directorial debut on the drama "Pieces" at Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Film44. Kitsch, Peter Berg, Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce.

Kitsch will play the lead role in the story of about three best friends from Detroit who change the course of their lives by intercepting a drug run. Shooting takes place this summer in Texas.

In other director news, Miguel Arteta ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" films) will direct "Sorta Like a Rock Star" for Fox Searchlight. Ol Parker is penning the script for this adaptation of "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's novel.

The story follows a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a school bus after being booted out of the house by her mother's boyfriend - the same bus her mother uses to drive kids to school. With unyielding optimism, »

- Garth Franklin

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Dad's Army - video review

4 February 2016 8:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Oliver Parker’s big-screen adaptation of the much-loved 1960s sitcom, which stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, leading his Home Guard unit through their farcical trials at the tail-end of the second world war. Dad’s Army, which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon, is released in the UK on Friday 5 February

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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Dan Susman, Adam Sich and Joan Portillo

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‘The Women of Walmington’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

3 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Friday, a new featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie focussing on the Women of Walmington. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Legacy’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

29 January 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next week, the first featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie which see’s the cast and crew discuss the legacy of the classic TV show. Watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of »

- Amie Cranswick

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Film Review: ‘Dad’s Army’

27 January 2016 10:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A patchy but well-meaning WWII-set British laffer, “Dad’s Army” reimagines a nearly 50-year-old BBC sitcom for 2016 theaters with mixed results. Amiable to a fault, with gags both broad and gentle, Oliver Parker’s pic prompts sporadic chuckles rather than guffaws; its main attraction is a spirited turn by Toby Jones as the leader of an elderly platoon ready to act as Blighty’s last line of defense should the Nazis invade. Flat action sequences hardly make the case that this new cinematic interpretation was altogether necessary, though it’s no more superfluous than Columbia’s largely forgotten 1971 outing involving the original sitcom cast. Nostalgia factor notwithstanding, auds seem unlikely to enlist in droves.

When showrunners Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s original BBC sitcom “Dad’s Army” debuted in 1968, the response from elements of the contemporary press was: “Too soon?” The question a 21st-century version invites is: “Too late? »

- Catherine Bray

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Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack!

22 January 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Dad’s Army on February 4th, we’ve got a merchandise pack to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of the lovely people at Universal.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

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- Gary Collinson

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