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Executive producers are AI Films (Aviv Giladi, Vince Holden), Altitude (Andy Mayson, Mike Rungall), Pinewood Productions (Steve Norris, Ivan Dunleavy), Studiocanal (Danny Perkins, Jenny Borgars) and World’s End (Johnny Vaughan) as well as Nicholas Hoult, Kate Buckley, Amanda Ghost and James Sully with Ben Giladi as associate producer.
StudioCanal handles UK distribution, Altitude Film Sales handles sales.
The film will feature a Warner Music soundtrack. »
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As if starring in Paul Potts biopic One Chance and the upcoming indie Can A Song Save Your Life? wasn’t enough music-based comedy and/or drama filmmaking for him, James Corden is going darker with his next effort, joining the cast of Britpop satire Kill Your Friends alongside Tom Riley, Georgia King, Craig Roberts and Edward Hogg.Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock are already aboard Owen Harris film, which John Niven adapted from his novel. Kill Your Friends finds 27-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Hoult) carving out quite the career for himself in the London music industry. Zigzagging around the world in search of the next massive hit (powered by greed and huge snorts of Colombian marching powder), Stelfox will do anything for that elusive new sensation. Even if it means getting a little more cut-throat than the competition… Literally.With Hoult stepping into Rafe Spall’s place, »
London — Satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends,” about the era of Britpop music, has started lensing in London for a five-week shoot.
Pic is set in London in 1997, when the British music industry is on a winning streak. A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the biz. Fuelled by greed, ambition and drugs, he lives the dream, as he searches for the next hit. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level.
Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jack the Giant Slayer”) takes the lead role of Stelfox, and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Craig Roberts (“22 Jump Street,” “Submarine”), Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons, »
- Leo Barraclough
Thn have received the news from AI Film, Altitude Film Entertainment, Unigram, Pinewood Productions, and World’s End (that’s a lot isn’t it?) as they announce that the principal photography begins next week on dark and satirical comedy Kill Your Friends about the infamous era of Britpop music with Warner Music Group on board to produce the film’s soundtrack.
That era is exactly when I spent my time going to gigs, fighting my corner for the likes of Pulp and Blur (and then equally Oasis) – so this is right up my alley. This the first-time feature for Owen Harris who’s been working in TV but with good titles including Misfits, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
It’s written by John Niven and based on his cult novel of the same name, Nicholas Houlttakes the lead role of Steven Stelfox »
- Dan Bullock
Fresh off working with Ron Howard on “In the Heart of the Sea,” British actor Osy Ikhile has landed a supporting role alongside Nicholas Hoult in Owen Harris’ dark comedy “Kill Your Friends,” TheWrap has learned. Hoult stars as an A&R man during the Britpop music wave of the late '90s, who is willing to do whatever it takes to find the next big hit. Also read: Osy Ikhile, Ben Whishaw Set Sail for Ron Howard's ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ (Exclusive) The indie movie, which is based on the novel by John Niven, co-stars Jim Piddock »
- Jeff Sneider
Corden stars alongside previously-confirmed Hoult, who was announced last month as protagonist Steven Stelfox. Niven has adapted the screenplay from his own novel
The film is set in London circa 1997 and explores the dark side of the Britpop era. During a time when British music was on a winning streak and those involved believed they could do no wrong, A&R agent Stelfox discovers it can all come crashing down.
Production on the film will begin next week and continues in London over the next five weeks.
Producer Gregor Cameron »
Hoult will star as Stephen Stelfox, a 27 year old A&R man carving out a career in the London music industry, trying to find the next massive hit powered by cocaine, alcohol and prostitutes.
The book has an American Psycho-esque tone to it and if Hoult can bring the ferocious vulgarity of the character, we are in for a treat.
- Gary Collinson
• Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer attached to star as the scrappy Florida beach bum Travis McGee in the big-screen adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by (the first in a 21-book series). Though it was being developed for DiCaprio, who earned an Academy nod for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the actor decided to exit due to scheduling conflicts. Still, the project does seem to be moving forward for 20th Century Fox: It was just announced that Wolverine’s James Mangold is in negotiations to direct, and Mystic River’s Dennis Lehane penned the »
- Lindsey Bahr
The 24-year-old will play an A&R (Artists and repertoire) agent in the film, reports deadline.com.
Hoult will star alongside James Piddock, who has been cast as Derek Sommers, managing director of the record label.
- Lohit Reddy
A movie set in the world of '90s Britpop? That's right up our alley, so we'll be playing close attention to the provocatively-titled "Kill Your Friends." Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock will star in the adaptation of the novel by John Niven, that follows "an A&R man who goes to extremes to find the next hit." Here's the Amazon book synopsis: As the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hoult will star as an A&R man called Stelfox working at the height of the Britpop music craze who goes to extreme lengths in order to find his next hit.
Deadline Hollywood first broke the news of Piddock’s attachment, which has subsequently been confirmed by the production.
Additional cast is due to be announced next week.
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We’ve clearly reached the point where the 1990s’ Britpop scene can be properly treated as a period piece, with many cinemagoers too young to remember its heyday, what with their Bieber fever and their 1Direction cults. Still, Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock will be looking to stir up some nostalgia with Kill Your Friends.Adapted by John Niven from his own 2008 book, Kill Your Friends finds 27-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox (Hoult) carving out quite the career for himself in the London music industry. Zigzagging around the world in search of the next massive hit (powered by greed and huge snorts of Colombian marching powder), Stelfox will do anything for that elusive new sensation. Even if it means getting a little more cut-throat than the competition… Literally.With Holy Flying Circus and Black Mirror director Owen Harris stepping up to direct his first film, he also has regular »
Based on the novel by John Niven, Hoult plays an A&R man during the Britpop music wave of the late 1990s who goes to extremes to find the next hit.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
HBO has decided to cancel Family Tree after one low-rated season. The eighth and final episode aired in July.
A docu-style comedy, Family Tree was created and written by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. The story follows Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), a young man who feels lost in his life until he inherits a box family heirlooms. The contents send him searching for his roots. Nina Conti and Tom Bennett co-star.
A co-production of the BBC and NBC-Universal, the eight episodes ended up averaging just 540,000viewers.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Family Tree? Would you like to see it continue somehow? Perhaps in another form? »
HBO's "Family Tree" has been cut down. The freshman comedy series created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock and starring Chris O'Dowd will not be getting a second season, according to various published reports the network has confirmed to HitFix. Complications surrounding HBO's co-producing deal with the BBC on the series reportedly contributed to the network's decision not to move forward. Also ending its run after a single season will be "Hello Ladies" starring Stephen Merchant, though HBO has agreed to air a special for that comedy series to wrap things up, similar to the send-off they gave to Ricky Gervais' »
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