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TV News Roundup: Joy Nash to Star in AMC Series ‘Dietland’

In today’s roundup, Joy Nash joins the cast of AMC’s “Dietland,” and Masterpiece announced the air date of “Victoria’s” second season.

Casting

AMC has announced that Joy Nash has been cast in the lead role for the network’s upcoming project “Dietland.” The original 10-episode drama series is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name, and explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty. Nash plays Plum Kettle, obese all her life and preparing for lap band surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the ‘war of the sexes’ becomes literal. Marti Noxon serves as writer, showrunner, and exec producer in addition to directing several episodes. “Dietland” is a co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg
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ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2

ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2
ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece have released a first-look clip of the second season of their hit historical drama “Victoria.” The short clip, released Monday to mark Victoria Day, the anniversary of the British monarch’s birth, sees stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return to their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The clip shows the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, in February 1841. It can be seen here:

The eight-part second season of “Victoria,” which is still in production, is once again written and executive produced by the show’s creator, Daisy Goodwin, and sees the story picking up six weeks on from the end of the first season. It follows the young monarch as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and queen, while Albert continues to struggle to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife.

Diana Rigg
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Afm: Great Point launches ambitious slate

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Afm: Great Point launches ambitious slate
Robert Pattinson western, Michael Douglas-exec’d drama among 10-15 strong slate.

UK fund manager Great Point Media is launching its most ambitious film sales slate to date with more than ten films debuting at the Afm.

Having previously invested in a number of films to have secured Us deals this year, including Rachel Weisz drama Complete Unknown [pictured] which went to Amazon, and Christine Vachon-produced The Goat, which was sold to Paramount for the world, the three-year-old company is now going hard at the international film sales space on projects it has invested in at an early stage.

Owned by former Rhi Entertainment president Robert Halmi Jr and former Ingenious executive Jim Reeves, Great Point’s Afm slate includes Alicia Vikander and Eva Green drama Euphoria, Sally Potter’s The Party; William H Macy-directed Krystal; Christine Vachon-produced Where Is Kyra? with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland; Ansel Elgort-Suki Waterhouse drama Jonathan; Katie Holmes comedy
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Judy Greer And Luke Wilson Find Measure Of A Man

Judy Greer And Luke Wilson Find Measure Of A Man
Moving to another Ya adaptation following the Hunger Games films, Donald Sutherland is already part of the cast of Measure Of A Man. And he's now joined by Luke Wilson and Judy Greer. Jim Loach (son of Ken) is directing the film, based on the 1991 novel One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte.The Maze Runner's Blake Cooper leads the film - a 1970s coming-of-age drama - as Bobby Marks, an overweight kid struggling with summer camp and an ongoing saga involving a lawnmowing job. Wilson and Greer will be playing Bobby's less than helpful parents, with Liana Liberato his sister Michelle, and Sutherland as Dr. Kahn, owner of that troublesome lawn.Loach's last film was Oranges And Sunshine in 2010 (although his drama Chasing Satellites seems to be complete and awaiting a release). But he's been more prolific on television, clocking up the mini-series Life Of Crime, plus episodes of Dci Banks,
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Luke Wilson & Judy Greer Join ‘Measure Of A Man’

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Luke Wilson & Judy Greer Join ‘Measure Of A Man’
Luke Wilson and Judy Greer have joined the cast of Measure Of A Man, the independent adaptation of Robert Lipsyte's Ya novel One Fat Summer. The project, which is now shooting in Rhode Island with Jim Loach directing, also stars Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Liana Liberato, Beau Knapp, Danielle Rose Russell, Luke Benward, and Sam Keeley. The 1970's coming-of-age story was adapted by David Scearce (A Single Man). Wilson and Greer will play Cooper and Liberato's parents…
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Donald Sutherland to Star in Indie ‘Measure of a Man’

Donald Sutherland to Star in Indie ‘Measure of a Man’
Donald Sutherland and “The Maze Runner” actor Blake Cooper are set to star in the indie “Measure of a Man.”

The pic is an adaptation of the popular Ya novel “One Fat Summer” by Robert Lipsyte and will be directed by Jim Loach. David Scearce penned the script.

Set in the ’70s, the pic will be a coming-of-age story about overweight, unconfident teenager Bobby Marks (Cooper), who experiences a turning-point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself. Sutherland is set to play Dr. Kahn, a Wall Street executive who gives the teen a summer job on his estate, and teaches him the importance of hard work, determination and self-respect. Kahn finds an unexpected confidant in Bobby, a friend who helps him come to terms with the losses in his past.

Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions is producing. Jim Reeves and Robert Halmi of Great Point Media
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Donald Sutherland Takes ‘Measure Of A Man’; Indie Shoots In Rhode Island

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Donald Sutherland Takes ‘Measure Of A Man’; Indie Shoots In Rhode Island
Exclusive: Donald Sutherland and The Maze Runner‘s Blake Cooper are starring in Measure Of A Man, with Jim Loach (Orange and Sunshine) directing a script by David Scearce (A Single Man). The pic, an adaptation of Robert Lipsyte’s Ya novel One Fat Summer, just got underway this week in Rhode Island. Christian Taylor is producing through Taylor Lane Productions with Weedon Media and Great Point Media, whose Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi are exec producing with Scearce and…
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'Dark Horse' director Louise Osmond boards Ken Loach documentary

Exclusive: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.

Louise Osmond, the UK director behind Sundance winner Dark Horse, is to direct Sixteen Films’ upcoming theatrical documentary exploring Ken Loach’s 50-year-old career through the battles fought around his films.

“Louise is a wonderful, observational filmmaker so she’s an ideal person to have come on board,” said Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films.

Osmond replaces Loach’s son, Jim Loach, who was attached to the project when it was first announced last October.

“In the end, Jim decided not to do it and I can understand why - it’s too close to home,” said O’Brien.

In addition to signing Osmond, Sixteen Films has secured the backing of BBC Films and also expects the BFI (British Film Institute) to confirm its involvement at the beginning of July.

In a smaller development, the title of
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What’s Up Doc?: Sheffield & AFI Docs Signal the Summer Fest Drought

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Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition.
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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

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It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen,
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What’s Up Doc?: Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

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Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs
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What’s Up Doc?: Latest from Psihoyos & Ross Bros. Lead Sundance Charge (December 2014)

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The holidays are winding down and that means we at Ioncinema.com are gearing up for our annual pilgrimage to Park City where an A-list of documentaries is now set to premiere. Earlier this month Tabitha Jackson and the Sundance doc programming team let the cats out of the bag, unsurprisingly announcing much anticipated Us Doc Competition titles such as the Ross Brothers’ Western, Louie PsihoyosRacing Extinction, Marc Silver’s 3 1/2 Minutes and Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s (T)Error, along with some surprises like Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s bizarro Kickstarted doc Finders Keepers (see trailer below). Having been produced by the fine folks behind The King of Kong and Undefeated, the film bears all the markings of its well regarded pedigree, yet appears to be of even odder ilk, following the story that unfolded when a severed human foot was discovered in a grill bought at a North Carolina auction.
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Mission: Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

  • IF.com.au
Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish,
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Mission:Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

  • IF.com.au
Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish,
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Son of a Gun misfires at Oz cinemas

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Margaret Pomeranz thoroughly enjoyed Son of a Gun while David Stratton reckoned it was competent and mostly well shot but highly improbable, peopled with uniformly unlikable characters.

To the extent that At the Movies influences moviegoing, it seems viewers took far more notice of Stratton.s 2½ stars than Pomeranz.s 3½ stars judging by the opening weekend results.

The debut film from writer-director Julius Avery fetched nearly $65,000 on 53 screens and $69,000 with previews. That suggests there wasn.t a lot of awareness for the crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites (rightly hailed by Pomeranz as a .great talent.) and Alicia Vikander.

Either that or audiences are not interested in dark, depressing stories with no-good or shady characters after four or five Oz films in that vein underperformed at Australian cinemas this year.

Another possible factor, as If.s commentators have canvassed, is the Australian cinema brand has been tarnished to the
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Ken Loach project wins top PttP prize

Ken Loach project wins top PttP prize
Short-listed projects included On Screen Off Screen and How To Kill Uffie.

Interactive documentary The Flickering Flame, exploring Ken Loach’s 50-year career, has won the Arte International Prize at the Pixel Market.

The website, app and film is being overseen by Ken Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films in collaboration with Paris-based digital production house Upian.

As previously reported by ScreenDaily, the production will explore Loach’s career through the battles he and his team faced to make his films.

The filmmaker’s son Jim Loach, whose own credits include Oranges and Sunshine and episodes of TV series such as Shameless and Dci Banks, is directing the central, interview-led documentary.

The Flickering Flame was among eight projects in the running for the Arte prize, all of which were pitched at the Pixel Market Finance Forum on Wednesday (Oct 8) and then discussed in one-to-one meetings in the Pixel Market the following day.[p
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Ken Loach interactive doc unveiled

The Flickering Flame will explore the director’s 50-year career through the battles he fought to make films.

Sixteen Films unveiled details of an ambitious interactive biography titled The Flickering Flame, exploring the career of director Ken Loach at the Power to the Pixel Finance Cross-Media Forum today.

“At the project’s centre will be an interview-led documentary which explores the different battles that not only inspired Ken’s films but have also arisen in the process of getting them made,” said producer Rebecca O’Brien, Loach’s long-time collaborator at production house Sixteen Films.

Loach’s son, Jim Loach, has been commissioned to direct the film, which will feature interviews with the filmmaker’s detractors as well as his collaborators.

O’Brien said these “battles” ranged from the political, referring to the rage in the UK’s right-wing press over the Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley; to the social, as was the
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Aussie writer tackles Shelley, Jane Austen

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Maleficent.s Elle Fanning will play the teenage Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic drama scripted by Australian writer Emma Jensen, with Haifaa Al-Mansour attached to direct.

With a bit of luck, another of Jensen.s screenplays, Em, a comedic take on Jane Austen.s classic novel Emma, will shoot in Australia next year.

Those will be the Brisbane-based writer.s first works to be filmed. Romantic comedy Sex on the First Date, which she co-wrote with Los Angeles-based Aussie Sal Grover, was optioned by Gold Circle Films two years ago and Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) is attached to direct.

The prolific Jensen is pitching another project, the saga of actress Ava Gardner.s long-time friendship with her African-American personal assistant, which pre-dated the Civil Rights movement, at the Miff 37ºSouth Market.

Development of A Storm in the Stars was funded by Screen Nsw and Screen Australia,
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Casting: Grainger, Cudi, Vega, Henrie, Socha

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Tulip Fever

Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") has scored a supporting role as a maid in Justin Chadwick's adaptation of Deborah Moggach's beloved romance novel "Tulip Fever" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin in April.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. [Source: The Wrap]

Entourage: The Movie

Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) has scored the role of assistant to Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) in the upcoming movie based on the HBO series "Entourage" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Lloyd, Gold's previous long-suffering assistant, has been promoted to an agency rep in the new film. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Jim Loach Project

Paz Vega, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Marais, Carmen Maura, Michael Crisafulli,
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Paz Vega joins Jim Loach film

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Paz Vega joins Jim Loach film
Oranges and Sunshine director returning to Australia to film Spanish family drama starring Paz Vega.

The lead cast has been unveiled on British filmmaker Jim Loach’s second feature, which will begin production on March 3 at Adelaide Studios and across South Australia’s outback and vineyard regions.

The film, currently known as Untitled Jim Loach Project, marks a return to the country for the London-born director, who made Oranges and Sunshine in Australia in 2009.

The UK-Australia co-production is from Met Film and Southern Light Alliance, with investment from the UK’s Rattle & Hum Films and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Producers are Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for UK outfit Met Film alongside Australia’s Tim White and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance.

Set within a multigenerational Spanish family, the upcoming film tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realises he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family.

The script
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