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London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is set to honor British comedian, actor and writer Lenny Henry. He will receive BAFTA’s Special Award in recognition of his “outstanding creative contribution to television” at the British Academy Television Awards on May 8.
Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “There is no one more deserving of the Special Award this year than Lenny Henry. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a performer and writer, appearing in dozens of shows from ‘Tiswas’ to the hugely popular ‘Lenny Henry Show,’ and most recently in the drama ‘The Syndicate,’ proving his appeal spans all generations and genres.”
Majumdar added: “Lenny’s recent groundbreaking BAFTA lecture has helped to reframe and reignite the discussion about diversity in British television, with the conversations he has sparked already leading to positive changes. This, coupled with his incredible contribution to the industry, »
- Leo Barraclough
A Speck in the Sea
Weinstein Books has acquired publishing rights for John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski's novel "A Speck in The Sea" which will be developed into a film at The Weinstein Company. Jeff Pope will adapt the script while Rachael Horovitz, Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein will produce.
Aldridge is a Montauk fisherman who fell of his boat into the ocean, forty miles off Montauk in the middle of the night without a life vest. His childhood best Sosinski helped launch a multi-state rescue operation - with the film set to cover that rescue in real time. [Source: Deadline]
Agnieszka Holland ("In Darkness," "Angry Harvest") is attached to direct an adaptation of the Peter Swanson thriller novel "The Kind Worth Killing" for Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions. Christopher Kyle penned the adapted screenplay.
The story follows a man who tells a female fellow passenger about »
- Garth Franklin
Sony has taken a minority stake in the business, marking the Hollywood studio’s first UK drama move since it acquired Left Bank Pictures in 2012.
Last year Wayne Garvie, Sony’s chief creative officer, international production, told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast: “I feel we’re a bit underrepresented in scripted,” Garvie says. “I’d like us to do something else there.”
Fable is currently producing Stan And Ollie, the BBC Films project written by Jeff Pope and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Ward has also recently produced series including Left Bank’s forthcoming royal saga The Crown for Netflix and Ruby »
London — Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in Fable Pictures, the U.K. film and television production company run by creative director Faye Ward, who produced “Suffragette” alongside Alison Owen, and managing director Eugenio Perez.
Fable will focus on high-end drama series that can travel internationally, with Spt distributing around the globe. Its current project is film “Stan and Ollie,” written by Jeff Pope, directed by Jon S. Baird, and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. It is due to shoot later this year.
Ward’s other credits include feature film “Jane Eyre” (Focus Features), TV series “Small Island” (BBC), Golden Globe nominated series “Dancing on the Edge” (BBC), “Toast” (BBC) and episodes of “The Crown” for Left Bank Pictures and Netflix.
Ward said: “Fable Pictures’ vision is to collaborate with strong writers and directors to tell stories that are ambitious, illuminating and entertaining across film and television. »
- Leo Barraclough
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Questions of purpose hang heavy over Hap and Leonard, SundanceTV’s sweaty and savory adaptation of the detective novels by Joe R. Lansdale. Set in the 1980s, the series revolves around two best friends haunted by the events of years prior. Hap (James Purefoy), who spent time in jail after fighting the draft during Vietnam, has a faint glimmer in his eyes, the last vestige of a once-passionate force of personality. Leonard (Michael K. Williams), who did serve, has the hang-dog look of a man haunted, both by his military excursions and the cultural hostility that he, a gay veteran, found in his homecoming.
Both of them idle away their time working in the rose fields until they’re fired, thanks to an influx of less costly Mexican laborers. It’s not as if these two regularly got up to much beforehand but, »
- Isaac Feldberg
eOne will co-finance the Laurel & Hardy movie “Stan & Ollie” along with BBC Films and Fable Pictures, the company announced Wednesday. The film stars Academy Award nominees Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary comedy duo in the latter portion of their long careers. Written by BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter Jeff Pope, the film will be directed by Jon S. Baird and produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, in association with eOne Features and BBC Films. The rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy has been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation. Also Read: Meryl Streep on Berlin »
- Joe Otterson
The “Spotlight” distrib will co-finance the project with BBC Films and will handle sales and distribute in its territories.
Pic is produced by Fable Pictures, the relatively new banner from Brit producer Faye Ward (“Suffragette”), and is penned by “Philomena’s” Jeff Pope, while “Filth” helmer Jon S. Baird is set to direct.
The story centers on much-loved comedy duo Laurel and Hardy and their legendary 1953 variety hall tour of Blighty. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendance was disappointingly low, but they always managed to make each other laugh and charm their auds. Eventually, the tour becomes a hit, but the duo can’t quite shake the spectre of Stan and Ollie’s long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, and their precious partnership begins to feel threatened. »
- Diana Lodderhose
Steve Coogan and John C Reilly to play the classic comedy duo.
eOne will handle sales and distribute in its territories.
Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena), the biopic of legendary comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will be directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) and produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.
The film centres on much-loved comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, who made more than 100 films together, as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953.
The official synopsis says: “Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Being that his recent Time Out of Mind left a strong impression on us, making its way into a couple of year-end lists, we’re intrigued by news that Oren Moverman has found a follow-up project — one not only based on well-regarded material, but also with Richard Gere back in tow and a strong cast surrounding him. Variety tell us he’ll next write and direct The Dinner, an adaptation of Herman Koch‘s novel in which two brothers, Paul and Stan Lohman (Steve Coogan and Gere, respectively), have a meal with their wives, Claire and Barbara (Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall, respectively). The former sibling is out-of-work; the other is a beloved politician on the cusp of grabbing his state’s gubernatorial position. What unites them is a “monstrous crime [that] has been committed by the Lohman kids,” and what accelerates the unease between these couples is how the matter »
- Nick Newman
It happens very rarely, but when inspired casting and beloved subject matter coincide, something very special is created. Such is the case with the upcoming film project Stan And Ollie, which has just found its two leads in the form of Academy Award nominees Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Meeting the legendary pair in their later years, the film will centre on their 1953 tour of the UK, during which the stars each met challenges head-on, and reaffirmed one of the most iconic partnerships in entertainment history.
UK born Stan Laurel and Us born Oliver Hardy were both well-established contract players in their own right when they first collaborated onscreen in the 1927 silent short film, Putting Pants On Philip. They remained in partnership at Hal Roach film studios until 1940, when they began to work together with other production companies. Their final feature length film was titled Atoll K, which was »
- Sarah Myles
Jeff Pope's script for Philomena was a low-key winner, smart about the way it approached a painful and difficult subject. Pope was nominated for an Oscar along with Steve Coogan, who shared the writing credit, and while they didn't win, it must have been a good experience. After all, Coogan's just agreed to star in Stan & Ollie, the latest script by Pope to make it to the screen, and John C. Reilly has signed on to co-star, with Jon S. Baird (Filth) set to direct. Over the years, I've read lots of stories about tensions behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's great comedy teams, and I am curious to see what Pope and Baird do with the story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Wisely, they are focusing on a specific moment in their careers, rather than trying to tell the entire story. Set during their farewell tour »
- Drew McWeeny
BBC Films is moving forward with a biopic on comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, with actors Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly signing on to play the title characters in Stan and Ollie. Screen Daily reports that Steve Coogan is playing Stan Laurel, and John C. Reilly is portraying Oliver Hardy in this movie, which centers on the comedy duo's final U.K. tour in 1953. Here's a description of the plot from Screen Daily.
"Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new. The tour becomes a hit, »
It's not often that movies are made concerning figures from Hollywood's classic era (and I presume such classic personalities will be sent up in next month's Coens' joint "Hail, Caesar!"), but a long brewing project regarding two of cinema's classic comedians is now moving forward. Read More: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip To Italy," Starring Steve Coogan And Rob Brydon Deadline reports that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are teaming up for "Stan & Ollie," a movie about, you guessed it, Laurel & Hardy. Jon S. Baird ("Filth") is set direct the Jeff Pope ("Philomena") penned tale that will focus on Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's farewell tour of Britain in 1953, where attendance was low and their partnership was waning. “It’s really a love story between two guys who come to realize they can’t live without each other. It’s a really, really beautiful tale,” Baird said about the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The ultimate movie double act is about to be revived! Steve Coogan has been cast as Stan Laurel in BBC Films’ Stan & Ollie, a glimpse behind the duo’s tour of British music halls in the 1950s during the twilight of their career.
Writer Jeff Pope (who adapted Philomena with Coogan) promises a warts ‘n all portrait of two masters of the comedy craft. The Alan Partridge star joins the previously-revealed and similarly-inspired choice of John C.Reilly (above) as Ollie for the battle of words and wits.
Directed by Jon S. Baird, the film sees a wealth of British talent both in front of and behind the camera. Like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel’s roots were in the UK, and the comedy he honed onstage played a vital role in shaping the legendary pratfalls which Hollywood immortalized.
The last attempt to bring back the pair was in disastrous TV movie For Love Or Mummy, »
- Steve Palace
The story follows Laurel and Hardy as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era behind them, they face disappointing turnouts, long buried ghosts, and Oliver's failing health which threatens their partnership.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Deadline is reporting that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have signed on to play the legendary comedy double act Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Fable Pictures and BBC Films’ biopic Stan & Ollie, which is set to be directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) from a script by Jeff Pope (Philomena).
“Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I’m therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen,” said Baird, with Pope adding that, “Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes. When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound. I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs. »
- Gary Collinson
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly will portray comedy icons Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, respectively, in a new biopic titled “Stan & Ollie,” BBC Films announced Monday. The film, described as “an epic story about the world’s most famous comedy double-act to date, told with great insight and heart,” will follow the duo during a troubled 1953 tour. Fable Pictures and Sonesta Films are producing. Jeff Pope wrote the screenplay and also reunited with his “Philomena” co-writer Coogan, who also starred in that movie. Jon S. Baird is set to direct. Also Read: John C. Reilly Says He Will Star »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Deadline has learned that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are set to play (respectively) Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a biopic about the iconic comic duo titled Stan & Ollie. Have I got your attention yet? If not, you should know that Jon Baird (Filth, Cass) will direct the film, and that the script for the planned movie comes from Philomena scribe Jeff Pope. Stan & Ollie will... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Cue up "The Dance of Cuckoos," stock up on tiny bowler hats, and look back in melancholy on a different comedic era — that's right, we're getting a Laurel and Hardy biopic. Deadline reports that comedically dissimilar British and American duo Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have signed on to play the comedically dissimilar British and American duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie. The film will take place during the pair's 1953 tour, when they performed in variety halls across Britain in an attempt to revive flagging interest in their brand of comedy — think The Trip, but with the Michael Caine impressions replaced with pie-throwing. Stan & Ollie's script comes from Philomena's Jeff Pope, and it'll be directed by Jon S. Baird (Vinyl, Filth). The film has an ampersand in its title, which definitely means it's looking for awards. »
- Jackson McHenry
Pope said the duo were his “heroes” but did not shy away from writing about their “flaws and shortcomings”.
“When I watch their movies, in my head »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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