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Downton Abbey has added Sue Johnston to the cast for season five. The actress, known largely in the UK for Waking The Dead, The Royle Family and soap Coronation Street, will have the formidable task of playing Denker, Lady’s Maid to Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess. Johnston joins other previously annonced guest actors, Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia. The Carnival Films produced ITV saga returns in the fall to the UK. Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is the latest novelist to join the Hogarth Shakespeare project which provides new takes on the works of the Bard. Flynn, who also scripted David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gone Girl for the screen, will tackle Hamlet. The Hogarth Shakespeare program is an international publishing initiative from the Penguin Random House imprint. Per the BBC, Flynn said, “Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
It’s safe to say that Hammer have undergone quiet the significant transformation in recent years. They have set out their stall in bold fashion, and with The Woman in Black gave us the definitive film version of Susan Hill’s classic chiller.
As well as broadening out the brand to include novels, from the likes of Jeanette Winterson, they are doing much to honour their name and clearly define themselves as a true leader in modern British horror. So with The Angel of Death (Susan Hill’s follow up to The Woman in Black) waiting in the wings we have the delights of The Quiet Ones to come, and we’ve got the first look at the poster for the film.
- Jon Lyus
Jo Nesbo To Rewrite ‘Macbeth’ For Hogarth Shakespeare Project Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo has been tapped to rewrite Shakespeare’s Macbeth for a 21st century audience. The author of the Harry Hole detective series will take on the Bard’s murderous “Scottish Play” for 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC reported. Nesbo, whose books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is the latest writer tapped by Hogarth Shakespeare to update the Bard’s works; also set for modern adaptations are Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice), Anne Tyler (The Taming Of The Shrew) and Jeanette Winterson (A Winter’s Tale). The Hogarth Shakespeare program is an international publishing initiative from the Penguin Random House imprint. The novels will be released simultaneously in 2016. Dmg’s Chris Fenton Joins Us-Asia Institute Board Dmg Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Chris Fenton has »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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