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‘Stan and Ollie’: John C. Reilly is Unrecognizable in Laurel and Hardy Biopic

‘Stan and Ollie’: John C. Reilly is Unrecognizable in Laurel and Hardy Biopic
Gary Oldman may have earned a Golden Globe for his amazing transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” but Oldman will soon have a rival in John C. Reilly for his portrayal of Oliver Hardy. Reilly and Steve Coogan bear an uncanny resemblance to Laurel and Hardy on the set of “Stan and Ollie,” a forthcoming biopic about the world’s most famous comedy duo. In a new photo released on Twitter by consultants for the film, Reilly is rotund and adorable in suspenders and a 1950s-style short vintage tie.

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We had the pleasure of working as consultants on the forthcoming movie #StanAndOllie about #LaurelAndHardy‘s final UK tour set in 1953. It’s going to be a great film. Steve Coogan plays Stan and John C Reilly plays Ollie.

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BBC Orders Pair Of Scottish Dramas & Jeff Pope’s ‘The Barking Murders’ – Edinburgh

BBC One has set three new dramas, including two that will be made out of Scotland. Psychological drama The Cry is adapted from the Helen FitzGerald novel about the disintegration of a marriage following a tragedy, and The Victim is a contemporary legal thriller told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused. The new projects were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Television Festival today. BBC One has also ordered a factual drama from Jeff Pope, an Oscar…
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The week in TV: Little Boy Blue; The Durrells; The Island with Bear Grylls; Girlboss

The Moorside writer Jeff Pope does a fine job on the story of Rhys Jones, The Durrells is much more likable than it should be, but Girlboss isn’t

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Girlboss (Netflix)

It is a tribute to Jeff Pope’s writing that, even as surgeons battled to save the life of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, I was still willing them to succeed. Even though everyone knows the real Rhys died in 2007 on the operating table, after being shot in a Liverpool car park, there was still, surely, a hope – can they get the blood in in time? Will that surgical clip hold – and, like a sporting action-replay, ever the insane suspicion that it might go differently this time.

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Little Boy Blue review – gut-wrenching grief, and an investigation that nearly didn’t get results

Jeff Pope’s dramatisation of the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones excelled at turning bad news into good drama

A football ground tribute to someone who has just died is always a moving thing, partly because of the scale of collective feeling. It was hard not to choke up at the minutes’ applause for Ugo Ehiogu, who died too young, at Villa Park and Wembley at the weekend.

The one in Little Boy Blue (ITV) is a reconstruction: 39,000 Everton fans gave up their half-time break at a recent match to applaud 11-year-old Rhys Jones, younger than too young, as actors playing his parents and brother stood by the side of the pitch.

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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Actor Steve Coogan on the Magical Year of ‘Philomena’ – Awards Season Flashback

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Actor Steve Coogan on the Magical Year of ‘Philomena’ – Awards Season Flashback
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Rules Don’t Apply.”]

If it wasn’t already clear that Steve Coogan is an extraordinarily multi-talented man, along came “Philomena.” Perhaps known best as a comic actor in films like “In The Loop,” “The Trip” and “24 Hour Party People,” Coogan took a turn for the dramatic with “Philomena,” both in front of and behind the camera. As producer, writer and star, Coogan helped deliver one of the year’s most heartwarming — and heartbreaking — dramas, detailing the true story of a woman (Judi Dench) who is joined by a journalist (Coogan) to try to find the son who was taken from her 50 years earlier.

A story that easily could have been turned into an overly sentimental tearjerker is handled with a confidence and restraint in both Coogan’s words and performance, resulting in a film that has been winning over audiences and awards groups left and right.

When the film — notably directed by Stephen Frears
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Cannes: Sales Launch on Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly’s ‘Stan and Ollie’

Sierra/Affinity is launching international sales on Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly movie “Stan & Ollie” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jon S. Baird is directing the story of the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy from Jeff Pope’s script. Entertainment One and BBC Films will co-finance the feature, which is produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.

The rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy was licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation. Executive producers on the film are Christine Langan and Nichola Martin for BBC Films, Gabrielle Tana, as well as Jeff Pope for Sonesta Films.

The film follows Laurel & Hardy setting out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953 with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them with attendances low. The charm of their performances shines through as the tour becomes a hit,
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Sierra/Affinity to start Cannes sales on 'Stan & Ollie'

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Exclusive: Nick Meyer has added the eOne and BBC Films biopic starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly to its powerhouse Cannes slate.

The company represents international sales rights to the previously announced project pursuant to its agreement with eOne, who will directly distribute in Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.

Jon S. Baird, whose credits include Filth, will direct from a screenplay by Jeff Pope. The story follows the lauded comedy double act Laurel & Hardy, their halcyon days behind them, as they embark on a challenging tour of Britain in 1953.

As the trip wears on, Hardy’s ailing health coupled with long-buried ghosts threatens to derail the tour, and forces the friends to discover how much they mean to each other.

eOne and BBC Films are co-financing Stan & Ollie and Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures produces in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.

Christine Langan and Nichola Martin serve as executive producers
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Sierra/Affinity Bringing ‘Stan & Ollie’ To Cannes

Sierra/Affinity Bringing ‘Stan & Ollie’ To Cannes
Sierra/Affinity is bringing Stan & Ollie to Cannes for sales. The project, which stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the beloved comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy who rose to fame in the 1930s, was written by screenwriter Jeff Pope. Coogan and Pope last worked together on Philomena which garnered four Oscar noms, including for Coogan and Pope for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film will be directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) with Entertainment One (eOne) and BBC…
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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]

The Kind Worth Killing

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
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Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures

Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures
Faye Ward’s indie production outfit is currently producing Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan And Ollie.

Sony Pictures Television has invested in drama indie Fable Pictures – the fledgling indie run by The Crown [pictured] producer Faye Ward.

Fable Pictures was established earlier this year by former Ruby Film & Television exec Ward and Rastamouse producer Eugenio Perez.

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
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Hap And Leonard Season 1 Review

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,
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eOne to Co-Finance Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly’s Laurel & Hardy Biopic

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eOne to Co-Finance Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly’s Laurel & Hardy Biopic
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
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eOne Boards Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly’s Laurel and Hardy Biopic ‘Stan & Ollie’

eOne Boards Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly’s Laurel and Hardy Biopic ‘Stan & Ollie’
Entertainment One (eOne) is set to co-finance the Laurel and Hardy dramatic comedy “Stan & Ollie,” starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

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.
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eOne boards Laurel and Hardy biopic 'Stan & Ollie'

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Steve Coogan and John C Reilly to play the classic comedy duo.

Entertainment One (eOne) is to co-finance with BBC Films, Fable Pictures’ Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

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
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Casts Set For New Dramas From Oren Moverman, ‘Sicario’ Writer Taylor Sheridan, and More

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
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Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly Cast As Laurel And Hardy In Stan And Ollie

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
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How important is it for actors to look like who they play in a biopic?

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How important is it for actors to look like who they play in a biopic?
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
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Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly Are Laurel and Hardy in Biopic 'Stan and Ollie'

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,
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Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly Team For Laurel And Hardy Pic; Plus Full Cast For Oren Moverman's 'The Dinner' Revealed

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.
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Coogan & C.Reilly confirmed as Laurel & Hardy

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,
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