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Exclusive: Pathe executive to join Altitude as head of development.
Quirk will join Altitude in April. Pathe is expected to fill the role vacated by Quirk in the coming months.
The executive worked on a number of prestige titles at Pathe including Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nominated Philomena, Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Matthew Warchus’s Pride and Sarah Gavron’s upcoming Carey Mulligan drama Sufragette.
Quirk joined Pathé as creative executive in January 2012. Prior to that, he spent four years as story editor and talent tracker for the UKFC Film Fund and subsequently the BFI.
Cameron McCracken, managing director at Pathe UK, told ScreenDaily: »
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Among friends and locals in his longtime West Village neighborhood, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was known as a low-key fixture, a family man who rarely drew attention. But in the wake of the Oscar winner's death at 46 on Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose - and an arrest of those suspected of selling him the heroin - some who knew him say Hoffman had two sides. "He'd go over to Oliver's restaurant with his [10-year-old] son, Cooper," a neighborhood friend tells People in this week's cover story. "They'd have lunch, and you'd see them talking and laughing for hours at a time. »
- Michelle Tauber
He didn't audition and I hadn't met him before but I was introduced by John C Reilly, who was his close friend, and we basically pressured him into doing the show. I'd loved him in pretty much everything I'd seen him in: at the very least he was distinctive, and often he was sublime. I had done the production in the West End with Mark Rylance, so I was looking for someone who could match that same mercurial brilliance; something that wouldn't be just a piece of bravura acting. True West is a comedy, and comedy is sometimes seen as more shallow; depth is somehow reserved for more serious drama. The unique thing about Philip was, he could combine the two. I don't keep photos of my productions generally, »
It's so loopy, it just might work: comedian-musician Tim Minchin is planning a stage musical adaptation of 1993's Groundhog Day, the iconic romantic comedy starring Bill Murray as a self-centered weatherman stuck in a time loop.
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"It seems that our wee secret has leaked," Minchin recently wrote in a letter on his website, officially announcing the adaptation of Danny Rubin's "iconic and brilliant" film script. "Danny himself is writing the 'book;' I'm writing music and lyrics, and Matthew Warchus (of Matilda fame) is directing. »
Finally spilling the secret of what his next project will be, Tim Minchin revealed via Twitter that he is recreating Groundhog Day for the stage. The British-born Australian musical comedian, who sprang to theater prominence as the composer and lyricist behind the hit Roald Dahl musical adaptation, Matilda, gave more details of his latest venture in a letter on his website. The show is based around the beloved screen comedy about famous rodent Punxsutawney Phil. "Danny (Rubin) himself is writing the ‘book,’ I’m writing music and lyrics, and Matthew Warchus (of Matilda fame) is directing," revealed Minchin. "The 1993 Sony
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There's no shortage of hit films that have been making the transfer to theatre over the past years, and there's no shortage of further movie adaptations for the stage in the works too. Most of which fizzle out quickly enough, but here's one that's got us really interested: a stage musical version of Groundhog Day.
Wait! Come back! Whilst on the surface the idea could be horrifying, consider this: Tim Minchin is behind it. The same brilliant Tim Minchin who worked such wonders with the stage take on Roald Dahl's Matilda.
The musical adaptation of Groundhog Day also has on board the film's original writer, Danny Rubin (who wrote a fascinating book on how his original movie script changed during production). Matthew Warchus, who directed the stage version of Matilda, »
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that the duo behind recent hit "Matilda the Musical" have been meeting with original "Groundhog Day" screenwriter Danny Rubin to collaborate on a musical interpretation of the film, which was directed by Harold Ramis and starred Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray played a disgruntled weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over again until he gains a more positive outlook on life.
"It has to be something in its own right, not just a carbon copy," Warchus told The Daily Mail.
Warchus added that Minchin and »
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Last night, amidst the Golden Globes madness, we saw a tweet that made us squeal with excitement. Tim Minchin, the man behind Olivier and Tony-Award winning Matilda the Musical announced he was currently working on a stage adaption of Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. The project is still in its’ very early stages and wouldn’t likely be seen on a stage for several years but the knowledge that one is being worked on is enough for us for now.
Tim sums it all up pretty well in his statement so we’ll let you read all the glorious details from the man himself.
It seems that our wee secret has leaked: I’m working on a stage musical adaptation of the iconic and brilliant Danny Rubin script, Groundhog Day. Danny himself is writing the ‘book’, I’m writing music and lyrics, and Matthew Warchus (of Matilda fame) is directing. »
- Victoria Bull
Back in July, the comedian revealed that he had been working on adapting a "very interesting, arty but much-loved early '90s film", describing it as "very conceptual, somewhat Stoppardian".
He is forced to relive the same day over and over again, while having to report on the same meteorological news event each time.
"Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognisable, and utterly different," Minchin wrote on his blog.
"The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. »
Minchin, the award winning composer/lyricist of Matilda: The Musical, has shed some more light on the recent report that he and collaborator Matthew Warchus are developing a stage adaption of Groundhogs Day starring Bill Murray. Here are the highlights from his blog: "It seems that our wee secret has leaked: I'm working on a stage musical adaptation of the iconic and brilliant Danny Rubin script, Groundhog Day. Danny himself is writing the 'book', I'm writing music and lyrics, and Matthew Warchus (of Matilda fame) is directing. "For the handful of you who've never seen the film (philistines!), Groundhog Day is about a cantankerous weatherman who is sent to a small town to do a weather report, and gets stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over again until - eventually - he »
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Following in the finely-choreographed footsteps of movie-to-stage transfers like Ghost, The Bodyguard and The Ladykillers comes a Broadway version of the Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day. Director Matthew Warchus is said to be reteaming with his Matilda composer & lyricist Tim Minchin to bring Harold Ramis’ movie to the stage.
Forced against his will to cover the bizarre Groundhog Day celebrations the irascible local weatherman Phil Connors finds himself cursed to repeat the grinding tedium of a cold, Punxsutawney February over and over again for reasons that are (boldly and brilliantly) never explained. Released in 1993 to an appreciative audience, the film has grown in stature and is now considered to be one of the greatest comedies of the 1990s. In 2000, the American Film Institute listed it as the 34th funniest film ever made.
Warchus is working with the film’s original screenwriter, Danny Rubin to create a new Broadway version. ‘It »
- Cai Ross
Matilda the Musical lyricist Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus are in the early stages of developing a adaptation of the popular 1993 comedy. Groundhog Day was written by Danny Rubin and directed by Harold Ramis. The film starred Bill Murray as an arrogant TV weatherman who while visiting a small rural town gets caught in a time loop forcing him to repeat Groundhog Day over and over again. It was a success with critics and audiences when it was released and has become one of Murray's most memorable films. Warchus, who garnered a Tony nomination for the Broadway hit Matilda, said this about the new project: "It has to be something in its own right, not just a carbon copy. We'll be doing the first workshop in the spring. Tim and Danny have been working on it for a while. I'll »
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Our pick of the best homegrown movies due to be released over the next 12 months
Tally ho and off to bally old Oxford where The Riot Club - a fictionalised version of the Boris 'n' Dave-endorsed Bullingdon Club - make sport of bullying and humiliation. Based on the play by Laura Wade, Lone Scherfig's version has Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Hunger Games star Sam Clafin among the toffs making trouble for the owners of a rural pub. Promises an evening's entertainment laced with drink, sex and violence. Chin up, chin up and play the game. 19 September
Based on a true story set in the midst of the Thatcher years. Tony award-winning theatre director Matthew Warchus's film follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money for the families of striking miners. Faced with a National Union of Mineworkers too embarrassed to take money from them, »
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