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MyAnna Buring comedy 'Hot Property' gets international sales deal

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MyAnna Buring comedy 'Hot Property' gets international sales deal
“Un-romantic comedy” has been picked up by Octane Entertainment ahead of the Efm.

Hot Property, the UK indie comedy starring MyAnna Buring, has secured an international sales deal with Us outfit Octane Entertainment, who will be selling the title at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.

UK marketing company Coffee & Cigarettes brokered the deal on behalf of the producers. 101 Films has taken UK rights and released the film in the Us in December 2016.

The film marks the feature debut of Max McGill, who was Bafta-nominated along with his Hot Property producer Campbell Beaton for producing Oscar Sharp’s 2014 short The Karman Line starring Olivia Colman. McGill co-wrote the screenplay with Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby also produced.

The film is a self-dubbed “un-romantic comedy” set amid London’s property market and hipster culture. Buring stars alongside Tom Rhys Harries, Alex Ferns, Ella Smith and Kate Bracken.
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‘The Voices’ Review

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver, Anna Kendrick, Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi, Stanley Townsend, Adi Shankar, Sam Spruell, Valerie Koch, Paul Brightwell, Alessa Kordeck | Written by Michael R. Perry | Directed by Marjane Satrapi

In the smallest of small towns, Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is the enthusiastic, socially awkward newbie in the packing division of a bathroom manufacture. Behind this innocent facade lurks a dormant, damaged mind waiting for a spark.

Work brings Jerry in contact with the office hottie – Fiona (Gemma Arterton). However, she’s evidently way out of his league. A point he discusses at home with his talking pets: the loyal dog Bosco and angry, scottish cat Mr Whiskers. This is a brilliant, underhand way to introduce Jerry’s illness. Reynolds plays it straight to get the most comic effect out of: Bosco, who always tries to convince Jerry he can be a good man; and Mr Whiskers
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Film Review: The Voices (2014): A Unique Cinematic Experience

The Voices (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi, Stanley Townsend, Adi Shankar, Sam Spruell, Valerie Koch and Gulliver McGrath If popular entertainment is an accurate gauge of the moment’s cultural zeitgeist, 2015 must [...]

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Working with diva cats & Ryan Reynolds on 'The Voices': Director Marjane Satrapi tells all

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Working with diva cats & Ryan Reynolds on 'The Voices': Director Marjane Satrapi tells all
There’s dark comedy, and then there’s “The Voices.” Marjane Satrapi’s fourth directorial outing blurs the line between fantasy and reality to create a sympathetic psychopath. Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is just an average joe working in a bathtub factory. Lonely but charming, he seems just socially awkward enough with his crush on out-of-his-league co-worker Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and genial relationship with this psychiatrist. But with Jerry’s roommates being his benevolent talking dog and murderously evil talking cat, it quickly becomes apparent that things are not what they appear. I spoke with Marjane Satrapi about bringing this twisted tale to life. Hitfix: What was it about this script that made you think, “ want to make a dark comedy about an accidental serial killer who talks to his pets”? Marjane Satrapi: Well, you have this script that you can’t give any movie references [when talking about it]. You can’t say,
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Babylon Exclusive Clip: Liz and Finn Argue Over Metwork

SundanceTV’s Babylon has been one of the best new series that 2015 has given us so far, and we’re not surprised (I mean, the show does come from Danny Boyle after all). The dynamic between Commissioner Miller (James Nesbitt) and Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) has been incredibly interesting to watch, as the two of them continue to go back and forth with their differing opinions. However, that won’t be the case in this Thursday’s episode of Babylon, when Miller decides to give Liz and her new ideas his full backing, a decision that certainly troubles Finn (Bertie Carvel), as it leaves him worrying about his future. In this exclusive clip from Thursday’s all-new episode, Liz announces that Metwork is a go, news that Mia (Ella Smith) responds to quite enthusiastically, while Finn couldn’t be less happy. “We need to discuss sponsorship opportunities,” Liz tells them both.
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'The Voices' Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Talks to Animals

'The Voices' Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Talks to Animals
A likable factory worker gets lead down a fantastical, murderous path in the first trailer for The Voices. Ryan Reynolds leads an all-star cast including Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, and Jacki Weaver in this indie thriller from director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year. As you can see in this first footage, Ryan Reynolds takes on a bizarre role unlike any in his career thus far.

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment-the type you would expect from a young bachelor-with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona, an attractive English girl from accounting. Jerry immediately takes a liking to Fiona
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Film4 FrightFest 2014 Review – Show Pieces (2014)

Show Pieces, 2014

Written and directed by Mitch Jenkins

Starring Siobhan Hewlett, Darrell D’Silva, Robert Goodman, Andrew Buckley, Ella Smith, Deak Teaser, Khandie Khisses, Alan Moore


Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins bring a “trilogy of terror” featuring “Act of Faith”, “Jimmy’s End” and “His Heavy Heart”.

Comic book legend and famed adaptation hater Alan Moore teams with renowned photographer Mitch Jenkins to produce the surreal and darkly comedic “trilogy of terror”, Show Pieces. It’s a movie with such a morbid sense of humour and surreality that even The League of Gentleman might think it’s ‘a bit much’.

The three stories are all connected in some fashion, although the third part is a direct sequel to the second leaving the first part to be your “breadcrumbs of clues” as it cameos in the second story. It’s not exactly Pulp Fiction in its intricacies, but it is very subtle.
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'The Voices' Starring Ryan Reynolds Lands at Lionsgate

Lionsgate has acquired the Us distribution rights to the 2014 Sundance Premiere Section entry The Voices, directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver.

The Voices was produced by Matthew Rhodes, Adi Shankar, Roy Lee and Spencer Silna. The film is presented by Lionsgate and 1984 Private Defense Contractors and is a Mandalay Vision, Studio Babelsberg and Vertigo Entertainment production.

The Voices is a genre-bending film which centers around Jerry, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, we follow Jerry's perspective as his talking pets, a sinister cat and benevolent dog, lead him down a fantastical, murderous path.

Director Marjane Satrapi had this to say about the acquisition in a brief statement.

"I am very excited and happy that Lionsgate is distributing my film.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Voices’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Voices’
Cat goes, “Kill!” Dog goes, “Don’t!” But there’s one sound no one knows, and that’s the sound of laughter at Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices.” An off-kilter black comedy about a seriously disturbed schizophrenic who speaks to his pets — and whose pets respond with unsolicited feedback about his new serial-killer hobby — this unnatural genre-bender serves as a bizarre vessel for the “Persepolis” co-director to expand her live-action chops. Never cute but occasionally clever, the result recalls a certain strain of fantasy-hued Sundance selections such as “Lars and the Real Girl” or “The Young Poisoner’s Handbook,” few of which go on to do more than specialty biz.

Picture “Psycho” as told from Norman Bates’ perspective, with his crazy world tidied to look the way he might experience it: What if Mother really did sit knitting in that basement rocker, or a brutal shower stabbing left no traces of blood?
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First Look: Brit Marling, James Nesbitt & More In Danny Boyle's TV Cop Comedy 'Babylon'

Yep, Danny Boyle is taking the deep dive into television. In case you forgot, last summer brought word that the "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting" filmmaker was taking his talents to the small screen for the cop comedy/drama "Babylon," and now as we enter the New Year, the first look at the cast has arrived. Brit Marling and James Nesbitt are the bigger names in the new show, and they lead an extensive ensemble that includes Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Ella Smith, Martin Trenaman, Jim Howick, Cavan Clerkin, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Jonny Sweet, Nick Blood, Stuart Martin, Andrew Brooke and Daniel Kaluuya. Phew! And that team will tackle a promising premise from "Peep Show" writers Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong, that will follow an American new-media expert who's hired to transform the PR of the London police department. Between "Brooklyn Nine Nine" and this, are we looking at the renaissance of cop comedies?
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Danny Boyle Returns To Theater

Oscar winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire) returns to the theatre to direct this visionary new production, Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.

For the first time ever, National Theatre Live will broadcast two separate performances of a production. Throughout the run of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller are alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Audiences in cinemas will have the chance to see both combinations, with two broadcasts a week apart.

April 2 at 11am: Benedict Cumberbatch (Creature), Jonny Lee Miller (Victor)

April 9 at 11am: Jonny Lee Miller (Creature), Benedict Cumberbatch (Victor)

You Can Catch Both Of These At The Tivoli Theater In St. Louis.


Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein.s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes,
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Frankenstein; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Blue Dragon – review

Olivier; Donmar; Barbican, all London

In the centre of the Olivier stage is a pale disc like an enormous seed pod. Within it you can just make out a shadowy figure. It pulses, and the theatre reverberates to the beat of a heart. Serried ranks of bare bulbs sizzle, dip and flare, and out of the pod rips a pink, blotched, raw thing whose naked limbs have gone all wrong, as if they've been attached back to front: it slips around the stage in judders, as if it were allergic to the ground on which it has fallen. On one night that thing is Jonny Lee Miller; on the next, it is Benedict Cumberbatch.

The undoubted hit (real people, not just relatives and backers are up on their feet night after night at curtain call) that is Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein depends on a gorgeously gargantuan feat of design by Mark Tildesley,
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David Tennant and Sarah Harding Join St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

Doctor Who star David Tennant and Sarah Harding, a singer with band Girls Aloud, have boarded the comedy St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

The film is being produced and directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson. Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth penned the script.

The cast also includes Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley, Jodie Whittaker, Juno Temple, Tamsin Egerton, Celia Imrie and Fenella Woolgar, all of whom appeared in the first pic in the contemporary franchise, St. Trinian's.

The cast of St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, in which the pupils and staff of the anarchic girls' school engage in a hunt for treasure and a battle against a women-hating secret society, also includes up-and-coming thesps Ella Smith, Zawe Ashton and Montserrat Lombard.

The films are based on Ronald Searle's drawings, "The Girls of St Trinian's," which also inspired a series
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Marshall to return to work this week

Kris Marshall is expected to return to work on Thursday after being hit by a car at the weekend.

The 35-year-old was hospitalised with head injuries on Saturday after being knocked down on a night out with friends in Bristol.

He was treated in intensive care at the city's Royal Infirmary, but is reported to have made good progress.

Ella Smith, his co-star in upcoming West End play Fat Pig, told BBC Breakfast: "I'm . . .
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