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ABC Studios to Shoot ‘Galavant’ in the U.K., Benefiting from New TV Tax Credit

20 December 2013 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — ABC Studios is to shoot the pilot for its musical comedy fairytale “Galavant” in the U.K. It is ABC’s first show to take advantage of the U.K.’s new tax credit for high-end television shows.

The show, which is penned, created and exec produced by Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “The Guilt Trip,” “The Neighbors”), toplines Joshua Sasse (“Rogue”) as handsome Prince Galavant, who seeks revenge on the evil King Richard, who stole the beautiful Madalena, played by Mallory Jansen. Show also features Karen David, Luke Youngblood and Vinnie Jones.

Alan Menken is writing the music, and Glenn Slater is penning the lyrics. Menken, Slater and Fogelman recently collaborated on a musical episode of ABC’s “The Neighbors,” earning the program its first Emmy nomination for the series.

The pilot will lense early next year. ABC plans to recruit roughly 150 cast and crew from the U.K.

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- Leo Barraclough

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X Factor winner Sam Bailey's single release details revealed

15 December 2013 3:08 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The release details for X Factor winner Sam Bailey's debut single have been revealed.

Bailey will release a cover of Demi Lovato's hit song 'Skyscraper' as her winner's single, following her victory over Nicholas McDonald in tonight's (December 15) final.

Bailey's 'Skyscraper' is now available to download from iTunes in the UK and will receive a physical release on Wednesday (December 18).

The CD single will feature recordings of three of Bailey's best X Factor performances - 'The Power of Love', 'Make You Feel My Love' and 'No More Tears'.

On her victory, Bailey said: "I'm still in shock but all my dreams have come true tonight. I'm overwhelmed by all the support I've received and wish I could thank everyone individually for making this such a special moment for me.

"I love my single and with the proceeds from it going to such great causes, I really couldn't be happier. »

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Thanks to David Brent we cannot see the new poor | Jonathan Freedland

13 December 2013 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Maybe it's because white-collar jobs are often the butt of the joke, but we are forgetting too many victims of the downturn

He might be the poet laureate of the squeezed middle. He stands before you in a rumpled suit and a hangdog face, singing of mortgage payments, outsourcing and the threat of redundancy. He is the bard of the Great Recession, a troubadour of the downturn that crashed in on us in 2008 but which had, in truth, been coming for decades.

His name is Ethan Lipton and he is a New York playwright, songwriter and performer whose show No Place to Go is about to conclude its London run. It's an unusual evening in a small, intimate theatre: just Lipton and three musicians telling the story, through song and monologue, of a man whose office is about to be relocated far, far away, taking his job with it. With »

- Jonathan Freedland

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Rupert Grint attends Christmas Party for the Starlight Children’s Charity!

9 December 2013 11:27 AM, PST | Rupert-Grint.us/ | See recent Rupert Grint - Ice Cream Man news »

December 9th, 2013, 2:31pm– ‘Tis the season to be charitable, and Rupert Grint sure knows how to spread some Christmas cheer. Today, he spent the day at Downing Street where Chancellor George Osborne hosted a Christmas party for the Starlight children’s charity. 40 seriously and terminally ill children and their families were invited to this very special event and it looks like Rupert had just as much fun as those precious kids. article_img At a time when it may feel like there is little to look forward to, Starlight is there to grant a seriously or terminally ill child their greatest wish, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and creating happy memories for the whole family to share and cherish, whatever the future holds. You can view all the pictures of Rupert from today’s heartwarming festivities in our gallery here. - See more at: http://www.rupert-grint. »

- Malene

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Autumn statement: tax breaks for regional theatres

5 December 2013 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Consultation launched on extending tax credits to theatre, while threshold for tax relief on films is reduced from 25% to 10%

The film tax credits that have attracted blockbuster productions Game of Thrones and Iron Man to Britain are to be extended to theatres under Treasury proposals.

A consultation will be launched next year on tax breaks for Britain's theatres, with relief for commercial productions, including those touring to often cash- strapped regional playhouses, and theatres investing in new writing.

Creative industry leaders welcomed the latest round of incentives for their sector in the autumn statement, which include more generous tax breaks for films and a £5m investment for the National Film and Television School.

West End impresario Rupert Gavin, who is a shareholder in the Ambassador Theatre Group and whose productions of West Side Story and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert are currently touring the regions, welcomed the consultation. Also chairman of the Odeon cinema chain, »

- Juliette Garside, Mark Sweney

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Nfts gets £5m for Digital Village

5 December 2013 8:21 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Britain’s National Film & Television School’s Digital Village received a major boost today when the UK Chancellor George Osborne announced £5 million in funding for the initiative in his Autumn Statement.

The Oscar and BAFTA winning Nfts, based in Buckinghamshire, was this year voted ‘the world’s best film and television school’ by Cilect (the international association of film and television schools) and its alumni include Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park and David Yates who directed four of the Harry Potter films.

However, lack of investment on infrastructure has left the Nfts in dire need of expansion and modernisation.

The School’s planned £20m Digital Village will improve teaching facilities and capacity. Phase I has already been built with private investment and today’s £5m government funding announcement, together with £2.1m funding from Creative Skillset, will enable Phase II to start at the end of 2014.

Patrick McKenna, Ingenious Media CEO, who recently »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Film industry cheers tax relief and China production deal

5 December 2013 7:18 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Cameron celebrates production deal that clears path to Chinese market, while tax breaks for UK-based productions have been improved

• China demands 'positive images' for access to markets

• Be nice to China: Hollywood risks 'artistic surrender'

David Cameron has heralded a new deal that will open up the Chinese marketplace to UK film productions, announced during his trade visit to the country.

China's quota system for films means that only 34 foreign movies a year are allowed, but the deal means that co-productions between British and Chinese producers can sidestep the quota.

"People have started calling it Chollywood, but really it's Chinewood - British films linking up with Chinese partners to access the second highest box office audience in the world," Cameron said, referencing major British film studio Pinewood. "This is a significant step forward for the British film industry, opening the door to a market that is building seven cinema screens a day. »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Autumn statement: UK's special effects industry cheered by tax relief plan

5 December 2013 6:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Chancellor's measures to help film business likely to encourage more Hollywood studios to use British post-production facilities

The UK's film special effects industry has received a shot in the arm with the government announcing plans to make it easier for Hollywood studios to qualify for UK tax breaks.

George Osborne's autumn statement published on Thursday promises to overhaul the "cultural test", which scores elements of productions to see how British they are, to make it easier for films to qualify for UK relief.

The government has pledged to "modernise" the test to make it more competitive in relation to the incentives offered by other countries.

The new cultural test will see an increase in the points available for principal photography, special effects and visual effects work being located in the UK and for a film being English language.

This change is expected to be of the biggest benefit to the special effects industry, »

- Mark Sweney

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UK govt boosts co-pro opportunities

5 December 2013 6:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has several pieces of good news for the film industry, such as ‘modernising’ the film tax credit, boosting the VFX sector and allocating £5m for the Nfts’ digital village.

Senior figures in the UK film industry have given a hugely enthusiastic response to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, calling it “wonderful news.”

Osborne has promised a “modernising” of the UK tax film tax credit which looks set to make the UK a far more attractive co-production partner as well as to boost the UK’s post-production sector. The Statement has also pledged £5 million in funding for National Film & Television School’s Digital Village.

“It’s very positive, especially in terms of our international strategy,” a BFI spokesperson commented. “It’s good news for film. The Government are clearly putting their weight behind film and see it as an area of growth - an industry that performs well both »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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UK government boosts co-production opportunities in tax credit

5 December 2013 6:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has several pieces of good news for the film industry, such as ‘modernising’ the film tax credit, boosting the VFX sector and allocating £5m for the Nfts’ digital village.

Senior figures in the UK film industry have given a hugely enthusiastic response to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, calling it “wonderful news.”

Osborne has promised a “modernising” of the UK tax film tax credit which looks set to make the UK a far more attractive co-production partner as well as to boost the UK’s post-production sector. The Statement has also pledged £5 million in funding for National Film & Television School’s Digital Village.

“It’s very positive, especially in terms of our international strategy,” a BFI spokesperson commented. “It’s good news for film. The Government are clearly putting their weight behind film and see it as an area of growth - an industry that performs well both »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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U.K. Government Ups Film Tax Credit for Big Pix

5 December 2013 4:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The U.K. government is to increase the tax credits for bigger-budget pics, which will benefit many Hollywood movies. Other changes will benefit U.K. indie pics. The VFX sector, in particular, should receive a boost from the changes.

The government will make relief available at 25% on the first £20 million ($32.7 million) of qualifying production expenditure, and 20% thereafter, for both small and large budget films, from April 2014.

Previously productions with a budget of £20 million ($32.7 million) or less could apply for a 25% tax rebate, while pics with a budget higher than that could claim only a 20% rebate.

George Osborne, who as Chancellor heads government finance policy, announced the measures in Parliament on Thursday.

The government will also reduce the minimum U.K. expenditure requirement from 25% to 10%, which will help U.K. independent production companies by encouraging minority co-productions.

It also will “modernize the cultural test,” which will be expanded to allow »

- Leo Barraclough

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'I'm a Celebrity': Annabel Giles and Vincent Simone to enter the jungle

20 November 2013 11:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Annabel Giles and Vincent Simone have joined I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

The pair are set to enter the jungle tomorrow (November 22), little after the two camps Croc Creek and Snake Rock merged.

Giles, a former model who has previously appeared on Through The Keyhole, Shooting Stars and Have I Got News For You, admitted that she has a phobia of camping but said she wants to show "posh people" in a better light.

"It's a chance to have some me time," the 54-year-old revealed. "It is a weird way to have 'me' time but actually, I do think it will be better than going to a health spa as I couldn't bear lounging around in towelling dressing gowns. This will be exciting for me.

"I would like to dispel the rumours that all posh people are like David Cameron and George Osborne. Hopefully I can restore a bit of popularity. »

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Russell Brand calls David Cameron a "filthy, dirty, posh w**ker"

14 November 2013 4:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Brand has labelled David Cameron and George Osborne "filthy, dirty, posh w**kers".

Speaking on Alan Carr's Chatty Man talk show, the comic criticised the government for being "mean and tight".

"If you're always cutting benefits and being horrible, it's because you don't know how to f**k properly," he told Carr.

"I think if your job is to look after the country and you don't care about the people who need it most, you're out of order, and you're a filthy, dirty, posh w**ker."

Brand went on to say that Cameron's privileged upbringing means he is unable to relate to general society.

"It's alright if you go to Eton and then you're in the House of Parliament. It's alright for them to say, 'Oh don't worry about gay rights, don't worry about poor people', because it's not part of their lives, but it's part of our lives. »

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Europe's Cinema Communication unveiled

14 November 2013 4:25 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The European Commission (EC) has finally adopted a new Communication on state aid for films and other audiovisual works.

The new Communication, which comes into effect as soon as it appears in the EU’s Official Journal covers, as today’s text says, “in particular, (…) State aid for a wider scope of activities, highlights the principle of subsidiarity in the area of cultural policy and the respect of internal market principles, introduces a higher maximum aid intensity level for cross-border productions and caters for the protection of and access to film heritage.”

“The Commission believes that these changes are necessary in view of the developments since 2001 and will help European works to be more competitive and pan-European in future.”

In something akin to understatement, the Commission said that the issue of territorial obligations had attracted “particular attention” and noted in its new text that “Paragraph 50 (of the Communication) sets the limits for each mechanism within which the Commission »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Tracing Downton Abbey's lineage: the novel that inspired a TV hit

11 November 2013 6:42 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Isabel Colegate's The Shooting Party, published in 1980, is an acknowledged influence on Julian Fellowes's ratings monster. But what can we glean from it about where the story will go?

With the arrival of news that Downton Abbey is to return for a fifth series, speculation rises over what Julian Fellowes has in store for us. How long can Mary's vision withstand the punishing regime of never-ending eye-rolling over Edith's love life? Will Carson ever recover from Mrs Hughes installing an electric toaster? Has Daisy finally learned to breathe through her nose? For those starting to wonder if Downton is in danger of going on so long that it catches up with the 21st century, there is one book that reveals Fellowes's motivations, intentions and predilections: The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate.

Set in 1913, the novel comprises one day in the life of a large country house. The men are guffawing and shooting, »

- Beulah Maud Devaney

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Downton Abbey series 4 episode 7 review

4 November 2013 4:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Louisa Mellor 4 Nov 2013 - 12:03

It was all pigs, pregnancy and international passage on this week’s episode of Downton Abbey

This review contains spoilers.

Picking up where Grange Hill left off, Downton Abbey’s fourth run has been the series of Big Social Themes. First there was rape, then there was race, and now comes abortion (not that, in keeping with the English tradition of linguistic whitewashing, any of those three words have yet been uttered on screen). This week saw the return of Anna’s attacker, Lady Rose snogging Jack Ross on the Thames, and Lady Edith pull a Juno by fleeing the abortion clinic and deciding to continue with her socially unacceptable pregnancy.

Jollying up the heaviness of all that was this week’s really big news: the pigs are here! But what’s this? Some of them are dying of thirst? Hey, ITV, that wasn’t the deal. »

- louisamellor

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Robert Webb rebukes Russell Brand for urging people not to vote

30 October 2013 1:14 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Peep Show actor says fellow comedian's essay led him to rejoin Labour party and accuses Brand of political 'timidity'

The comedian Robert Webb has accused Russell Brand of political "timidity" for not voting and calling on other people not to vote, and suggested that he should better educate himself by reading "some fucking Orwell".

Webb, best known as one half of the comedy double act Mitchell and Webb, castigated Brand for an essay he wrote as guest editor of the New Statesman, which he ended by stating: "I will never vote and I don't think you should either."

Writing a response piece in the current edition of the magazine, the Peep Show actor criticised Brand for effectively "telling a lot of people that engagement with our democracy is a bad idea".

Webb, who said Brand's article had provoked him to rejoin the Labour party, expressed particular concern about the message »

- David Batty

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London Mayor Cites 'Harry Potter' in Talking Up China-u.K. Relationship

14 October 2013 6:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London Mayor Boris Johnson leveraged one of his country’s most recognizable cultural exports during his week-long trade mission to China on Monday – but the voluble mayor seemed to conflate fiction with reality somewhat in the process. During a joint appearance with U.K. Chancellor George Osborne at Beijing’s most elite educational institution, Peking University, Johnson went on a brief rant about Harry Potter, and how the young wizard’s romantic interest in the character Cho Chang, an Asian foreign exchange student, is indicative of the growing diplomatic ties between the U.K. and China (Johnson asserted that Chang is Chinese, although

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- Patrick Brzeski

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The Star Wars News Roundup - 8.30.13

30 August 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you'll even share with them something that they might have missed. Let's get to it! Episode VII Movie News Summary Variety posted a big feature article on where Star Wars may shoot: While press reports have surfaced about U.K. chancellor George Osborne pushing multiple U.K. locales, no other locations beyond the famed Pinewood Studios outside London have been confirmed for "Star Wars." That hasn't stopped the rumor mill. Albuquerque Studios president Dana »

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Tory MPs angered by BFI funding for posh Bullingdon Club film

27 August 2013 3:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Conservative party members link funding of drama about the drunken exploits of young Tories to the decision to cut film industry subsidies

• News on the BFI's takeover from the UK Film Council

Michael Billington's review of Posh

Conservative MPs have cried foul over the British Film Institute's decision to fund a new movie portraying the drunken exploits of the notorious Bullingdon Club, which once counted David Cameron and Boris Johnson as members.

The drama, Posh, is based on the Royal Court play of the same name by Laura Wade, which later transferred to the West End. Due out next year and starring Max (son of Jeremy) Irons, Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer and Douglas Booth, it focuses on a group of decadent Oxford University students called The Riot Club that causes chaos at a pub during a swanky dinner. The upper class yobs sneak in a prostitute, wreck »

- Ben Child

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