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11 items from 2017

Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh & Rebecca Root Round Out Cast For ‘Colette’

23 May 2017 4:36 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh and Rebecca Root have joined Keira Knightley and Dominic West for upcoming production Colette, which is set to begin shooting this week in the UK, Hungary and France. Still Alice helmer Wash Westmoreland will direct the project about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Cheri. He co-wrote the script with the late Richard Glatzer with revisions by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Killer Films' Pamela Koffler and Number 9 Films'… »

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Holliday Grainger boards 'Tell It To The Bees' with Film Constellation

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Alison Owen to exec produce period romance.

Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre) will star in Tell It To The Bees, director Annabel Jankel’s period romance which has Alison Owen onboard as executive producer.

The project has been developed by the BFI with National Lottery funding. Producers are Daisy Allsop and Nick Hill along with Film i Vast and Filmgate Films.

Film Constellation has boarded sales on the project and is introducing to buyers in Cannes.

Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have written the screenplay, their feature debut, which is adapted from Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.

The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, played by Grainger, and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice, a role which is still being cast. »

- (Tom Grater)

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Trailer Park: The Last Jedi… and more!

14 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a handful of the latest movie trailers including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Atomic Blonde, Baby Driver, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hippopotamus, Detroit, Chuck, Drone, The Bad Batch, Beatriz at Dinner and a TV spot for the new The Mist series from Spike.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

First revealed at today’s Last Jedi panel at Celebration Orlando, the new trailer marks out first look at the continuation of Rey, Finn, and Poe’s journey, set immediately after the events of 2015′s The Force Awakens

Atomic Blonde

Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival, »

- Phil Wheat

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Inside No. 9 series 3 episode 6 review: Private View

21 March 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 21, 2017

Spoilers ahead in our review of the final series 3 episode of Inside No. 9, which takes us to the world of modern art…

This review contains spoilers.

See related  The Last Kingdom series 2 episode 1 review The Last Kingdom series 2: politics, battles and arselings What can we expect from new BBC drama, The Last Kingdom?

Inefficiency. It’s a criticism often levelled at the BBC by a certain species of rapacious vulture who sees the corporation not as the lustrous national gem it is, but as an unjust barrier to the extent to which they’re able to feather their own nests. The BBC is full of waste, they caw. The BBC must be more efficient!

If any of the vultures had the nous to watch BBC Two at 10pm on a Tuesday night for the past few weeks, they’d have been delighted. Well, not delighted. »

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Truffle Pictures scores key 'Hippopotamus' deals

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film is an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel.

London-based sales agent Truffle Pictures has scored key territory deals on Stephen Fry book adaptation The Hippopotamus.

The comedy, which stars Roger Allam (The Lady In The Van), has been gone to Lightyear Entertainment, which has picked up all media rights for North America.

Further deals have been struck for Australia/New Zealand (Rialto Distribution), Scandinavia (Rialto Film Entertainment), Benelux (One 2 See Movies), Airlines (Terry Steiner International), Cis (Russian Report), Eastern Europe (HBO Europe). Truffle reported several more territories are in final negotiations.

Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw and Tim McInnery also star. The film follows a disgraced poet and journalist who after being fired from his job decides to spend a month at his friend’s country mansion. Upon arriving, he finds out that strange phenomena have been occurring at the mansion and he opts to investigate.

Distribution consultant Martin Myers will oversee the film’s UK release »

- (Tom Grater)

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Channel Zero: Seasons Three & Four Renewal for Syfy Series

9 February 2017 3:09 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Syfy has renewed its Channel Zero TV show for season three and season four, as well. The "creepypasta" inspired horror anthology series comes from Ep Nick Antosca, who also signed an overall deal with Ucp.The first season of Channel Zero was subtitled "Candle Cove." Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Shaun Benson, Natalie Brown, and Luisa D’Oliveira starred in the six episode installment. Channel Zero season two is, "No-End House," starring Amy Forsyth and will premiere on Syfy in October 2017. Read More… »


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Giveaway – Win a DVD bundle with The White King

28 January 2017 12:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of acclaimed dystopia drama The White King starring Game of ThronesJonathan Pryce, we have an amazing Adventure DVD bundle up for grabs featuring Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Cell, The Colony and Robot Overlords.

Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel by György Dragomán, The White King, set in a fictitious dictatorship, can be described as 1984 meets Empire of the Sun with its startling and “all-too-timely” exploration of what the world would, and could, look like. It also portrays life under an oppressive regime and how this impacts each and every person in different ways.

Djata is a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family. »

- Gary Collinson

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The White King movie review: a boy’s-eye view on dystopia

26 January 2017 2:26 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… This sad mess of a vaguely sci-fi coming-of-age tale seemingly could not be more plugged into current fears, and yet it feels utterly irrelevant. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I really wanted to like The White King, but oh, what a sad mess of a film! This tale — of a boy living in a dictatorship who sees his father dragged away to prison as a dissident and his mother crumbling under the strain of trying to pretend everything is okay — seemingly could not be more plugged into current fears, and yet it feels utterly irrelevant.

The first mistake first-time screenwriters and directors Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel make is in choosing to move the action of György Dragomán’s acclaimed novel, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The White King Review

23 January 2017 7:32 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape


The paramount obstacle for filmmakers to overcome when introducing the viewer to a whole new world with a new set of rules to comprehend, is to have them invest, emotionally, and engage with the hypothetical narrative at hand, to comfortably inhabit this foreign environment and abide by it. In Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel’s The White King that much is a given, as they build this dystopian near-future with a minimum contrivance, and have us compelled.

Based on Gyorgy Dragoman’s novel, we meet the Fitz family, as Hannah (Agyness Deyn) and husband Peter (Ross Partridge) play freely with their young son Djata (Lorenzo Allchurch). But any such liberation is short-lived, as Peter is taken away by the law enforcement, accused of being a traitor to the brutal, unforgiving dictatorship they live within. Imprisoned and with a slim chance of release, Djata and his mother are »

- Stefan Pape

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First poster and trailer for Stephen Fry adaptation The Hippopotamus

11 January 2017 10:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With The Hippopotamus set to receive its North American premiere this weekend at the Palm Springs Film Festival, the first poster and trailer have arrived online for director John Jencks’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen Fry’s 1994 best-selling comedy novel of the same name; take a look below…

A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend’s country estate, Swafford Hall.

A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts’ teenage son, Ted’s godson, David (Tommy Knight »

- Amie Cranswick

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The first trailer arrives for Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus

10 January 2017 9:18 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

We first reported on the production of John Jencks’ big screen adaptation of Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus back in 2015, when a single image was released. Since then we’ve heard almost nothing to sate our desire for big screen Fry. Until today that is, as we have finally got a first look at film’s trailer.

Blanche McIntyre and Tom Hodgson adapted Fry’s 1994 novel for Jencks to make his second feature film. A suitably sozzled-looking Roger Allam leads the the cast which include Matthew Modine, Tim McInnerny, Tommy Knight, Geraldine Somerville, Fiona Shaw and Emily Berrington.

We’ve got our look at the first trailer for The Hippopotamus from the Palm Springs Film Festival where the film has its North American premiere on the 14th of January, with another screening on the 15th. There are no details about a festival debut on this side of the pond, »

- Jon Lyus

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