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15 items from 2015


Armando Iannucci working on David Copperfield movie with BBC Films

25 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Armando Iannucci is to work on a film adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield with the BBC.

The writer and director will team with producer Simon Blackwell on the movie, one of the new works announced as part of BBC Films' 25-year anniversary plans.

Iannucci previously worked with BBC Films on 2009 satire In the Loop.

Also announced is an adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending. Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct the project, while playwright Nick Payne provides the screenplay.

As part of the anniversary season, Sophia Fiennes will also make the documentary Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, taking a closer look at the career of the singer.

Ricky Gervais will also work with the BBC on Life on the Road. The film will find his character David Brent as a travelling salesman attempting to become a rock star. »

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Armando Iannucci working on David Copperfield movie with BBC Films

25 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Armando Iannucci is to work on a film adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield with the BBC.

The writer and director will team with producer Simon Blackwell on the movie, one of the new works announced as part of BBC Films' 25-year anniversary plans.

Iannucci previously worked with BBC Films on 2009 satire In the Loop.

Also announced is an adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending. Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct the project, while playwright Nick Payne provides the screenplay.

As part of the anniversary season, Sophia Fiennes will also make the documentary Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, taking a closer look at the career of the singer.

Ricky Gervais will also work with the BBC on Life on the Road. The film will find his character David Brent as a travelling salesman attempting to become a rock star. »

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Colin Firth Movie from ‘Theory of Everything’ Director Heads BBC Films’ New Slate

25 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at a party in London today, has revealed its latest slate, which includes new projects from the directors of “The Theory of Everything” and “The Lunchbox,” as well as films by Armando Iannucci and Ricky Gervais.

James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything,” is helming a film recounting the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. Pic is produced by Blueprint Pictures; it is written by Scott Z. Burns and stars Colin Firth.

Ritesh Batra, who helmed “The Lunchbox,” will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Sense of an Ending.” The adaptation is the debut screenplay of playwright Nick Payne, whose play “Constellations” has recently been on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world »

- Leo Barraclough

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BBC Films unveils 25th anniversary slate

25 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.

BBC Films has revealed details of its upcoming slate, which includes new projects from Ricky Gervais, Armando Iannucci, James Marsh and Ritesh Batra.

The slate of projects was revealed during an event in London to celebrate the 25th birthday of BBC Films, whose first first theatrical production, Truly Madly Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella, was released in 1990.

As previously reported, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending.

The adaptation is the debut screenplay of award-winning playwright Nick Payne and tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world is rocked to its foundations by the emergence of an explosive letter from his careless youth.

David Thompson will produce for Origin Pictures.

Rafe Spall is confirmed for Swallows and Amazons, a reinvention of Arthur Ransome’s classic. Written by Andrea Gibb, the film will »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Actor Rafe Spall: 'I cry a lot when I think about my kids'

14 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Becoming a parent completely changes you, and your outlook on the world,” actor and father-of-two Rafe Spall is telling me. “When you meet someone who’s a bit of a dick, you just think: ‘I can’t have this petty squabble. I’m a grown-up, I’ve got kids’.” The 32-year-old pauses. “And you cry a lot more. You think about your own kids, you cry; you see another kid, you cry ....” »

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X + Y Review

13 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Morgan Matthews

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins

Running Time: 111 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Synopsis: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy (Butterfield) finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

It is so rare, these days, for a film to accurately and honestly give representation without pity or bias to a condition like Autism. When film (and television) write-in characters who live with Autism or Asperger’s, they are, nine times out of ten, made to be trivialised or the victim of some form of bullying or attack. Never is an autistic adult – let alone, a child – the protagonist; always the nerdy sidekick, the social outcast. Well, that was until the heavens opened and we were gifted with the monumental beauty that is X + Y.

X + Y is the story of Nathan Ellis (Butterfield) in the wake of his father’s death, »

- Hannah Ross

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Maze Runner, Black Mirror, Kubrick’s The Killing – the best UK DVD and Blu-ray releases out today!

9 February 2015 8:09 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to empty your pockets in honour of the almighty New Home Entertainment Releases God for those in the UK. Here are our top picks out today (just click on the pictures to be taken to the order page):

The Maze Runner

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a groups of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dasnher.

Black Mirror – Series 1-2 + Special

Series 1

1. The National Anthem: Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, »

- Oli Davis

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Interview: Daniel Radcliffe discusses ‘What If?’

9 February 2015 3:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Daniel Radcliffe has been acting since the age of 9, when he played the young David Copperfield opposite Maggie Smith in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of the classic Dickens story. But it was in 2001, when Radcliffe was cast as the titular boy wizard of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that he became an internationally recognised movie star. Eight feature films, adapted from the seven novels by Jk Rowling, were to follow, grossing more than $7bn at the global box office.

With roles in December Boys and My Boy Jack, Radcliffe proved he was no one-trick pony. But it was his 2007 turn on stage – in Thea Sharrock’s West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s play Equus – that established Radcliffe as a serious young actor. Then 17, Radcliffe earned rave reviews for his haunting turn as Alan Strang, a role that required him to disrobe. The actor was nominated for a »

- Phil Wheat

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Black Mirror to get Us adaptation?: "There is a plan"

29 January 2015 4:48 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A Us version of Black Mirror is in the works.

The dark anthology series created by Charlie Brooker airs on Channel 4 in the UK and has performed strongly on Netflix across the world.

Black Mirror: Charlie Brooker, Jon Hamm on the dark side of Yuletide

The co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America, Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, revealed at a Real Screen event on Wednesday (January 28) that they are behind a Us adaptation of Black Mirror, which is produced by Annabel Jones for Endemol UK.

Corwin explained that "there is a plan" in place to develop the new series, but did not give many further details.

Brooker and Jones "have really touched on something and I agree – we need more", Variety quotes Corwin as saying.

Mad Men actor Jon Hamm recently collaborated with Brooker on the festive special Black Mirror: White Christmas.

Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones »

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Sons of Liberty: Was the Premiere of History's Miniseries Revolutionary?

25 January 2015 8:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A group of unlikely acquaintances unite to take down a common enemy in History’s Revolutionary War drama Sons of Liberty, and — to paraphrase a famous quotation from the era — it’s a time that tries even the most patient TV viewer’s soul.

The opening installment of the cable channel’s scripted miniseries, which premiered Sunday and continues through Tuesday, covers one of the most exciting epochs in American history: the years right before the colonies turned against British rule and decided to go to war for independence.

It was a time of great unrest, violence and intrigue… so »

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TV Review: ‘Sons of Liberty’

22 January 2015 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The founding fathers receive the “Vikings” treatment in “Sons of Liberty,” a six-hour miniseries that History channel will air over successive nights. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment – best known for heavily re-enacted docu-hybrids, like “The World Wars” – this scripted production is clearly intended to bring history to life, but sometimes at the cost (with apologies to Sam Adams) of feeling a bit too much like a beer commercial. Although generally interesting and handsomely done, the program isn’t without its excesses, and some of the liberties taken here, creatively and historically, have little to do with the price of tea.

Billed as a “dramatic interpretation of events,” “Sons of Liberty” opens in 1765, with Sam Adams (Ben Barnes of “The Chronicles of Narnia”) being sought by British soldiers. Drunk and unshaven, he has run afoul of Massachusetts’ governor for refusing to collect all the taxes the Crown considers its due from his fellow colonists. »

- Brian Lowry

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Showtime’s ‘Roadies’ Sets Luis Guzman & Finesse Mitchell as Guest Stars

15 January 2015 5:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actors Luis Guzman (“Traffic,” “Boogie Nights”) and Finesse Mitchell (“Saturday Night Live”) have landed guest spots on Showtime’s “Roadies” from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams, the cabler announced Thursday.

Roadies” — a comedy following a rock band on tour, seen through the eyes of the band’s crew — stars Christina Hendricks as the band’s production manager and Luke Wilson as the tour manager. Imogen PootsRafe Spall, Colson “Mgk” Baker, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes round out the ensemble cast.

Guzman has been cast as the band’s tour-bus driver, Gooch. Mitchell will play Harvey, the tour accountant, who’s involved in illegal side businesses.

Crowe wrote the pilot and will direct. He’s exec producing the pilot with Abrams, Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest”) and Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life,” “Wicked,” “Huge”), who will also serve as showrunner. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Fringe”) is co-exec producing. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Luis Guzman, ‘SNL’ Alum Finesse Mitchell Cast as Recurring Guests on Showtime’s ‘Roadies’

15 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Luis Guzman and Finesse Mitchell are hitting the road with Cameron Crowe and Showtime. The “Boogie Nights” star and “Saturday Night Live” alum have been cast as recurring guest stars for new pay-tv pilot “Roadies.”

If the potential series gets picked up, Guzman and Mitchell will be seen and heard from again.

Also Read: 21 Buzziest Streaming Shows: From ‘Marco Polo’ to ‘Transparent’ (Photos)

Guzman will play Gooch, the band’s beloved tour-bus driver, who is filled with stories and late-night wisdom, as Showtime described him. His easy-going manner belies a troubled home life.

Mitchell will play Harvey, the tour accountant, »

- Tony Maglio

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Mad Men: season 7 part 2 AMC start date confirmed

12 January 2015 12:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Prepare yourself - Sunday the 5th of April is AMC's Us premiere date for Mad Men’s final seven episodes...

The end-game of AMC’s much-loved Mad Men is very much in sight - the final seven-episode run (concluding season seven) will premiere on the 5th of April.

“What an incredible journey this has been. I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season,” said the show's creator Matthew Weiner. “We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”

AMC’s president, Charlie Collier, added that: “Mad Men is the show that put AMC on the map. Period. It is impossible to overstate the impact it has had on AMC, and I would argue, this era of television."

He added that »

- rleane

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Channel 4's Humans: first pic from new sci-fi drama

10 January 2015 3:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Based on acclaimed Swedish drama Real Humans comes a Channel 4 sci-fi starring William Hurt, Colin Morgan, Katherine Parkinson & more...

Humans, coming to Channel 4 and AMC in the Us later this year, is one of our most anticipated dramas of 2015. Not only does the Assimovian premise of a parallel present in which 'Synthetics' are the latest domestic household accessory sound promising, but the cast that production company Kudos has amassed bodes very well indeed.

Amongst that group of actors is William Hurt, who's being joined by Colin Morgan, Katherine Parkinson, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, Tom Goodman-Hill and Gemma Chan. Spooks' Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent have written the series, based on Lars Lundstrom's original Swedish series, Real Humans

The official blurb is as follows: "In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with »

- louisamellor

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