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16 items from 2011


Robert Sheehan: 'I play a James Dean-style Borrower'

17 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Misfits actor on his new TV role as a tearaway Borrower, and why he's happy to get racy on screen

Waterloo Shoe Repairs in London cuts keys "while u wait", and while Robert Sheehan waits for his keys to be cut we sit in the nearest pub. The Irish actor has locked himself out of his flat and has had to borrow his landlord's master to make a hurried copy; he's also due on stage at the Old Vic theatre round the corner in about an hour (where he'll perform one of the last nights of his well-received run in The Playboy of the Western World), and the conflicting duties have left him a little flustered.

"I tend to get myself in a bit of a flap every once in a while," says the 23-year-old, craning low over a table in the pub, taking off a heavy woollen cardigan »

- Tom Lamont

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‘Red Riding’ Remake Producer Shares Details on Adaptation; Ridley Scott May Not Direct

13 October 2011 8:19 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Of all the recent crime sagas that have made their way to screens — Dragon Tattoo, Carlos, Mesrine — the Red Riding Trilogy is surely one of my favorites. This detailed, three-film saga of corruption in the English police force is utterly captivating, particularly when they’re watched within a general proximity to one another.

The fact that they’re in English makes Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of David Peace’s novels all the more confusing, and although it’s indeed happening, the director might not do much other than produce. Producer Andrew Eaton, in an interview with ThePlaylist, said that he’s “not sure whether Ridley would direct or someone else would”; the once-attached screenwriter Steve Zaillian was once a possible helmer. (James Vanderbilt is now on scripting duties.) No one person seems to be totally locked into place — Scott could do it, Zaillian might give it a shot, or someone »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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'Dragon Tattoo' Writer Steve Zaillian Was Considering Directing American 'Red Riding' Remake

13 October 2011 8:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Film Will Likely Condense Trilogy, Could Be Set In Pennsylvania Somewhere near the very top rung of recent crime movies, along with "Zodiac" and "A Prophet," is the "Red Riding" trilogy. Three films, from three different directors, based on David Peace's quartet of crime novels, and starring a who's who of British acting talent including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey and Peter Mullan, they were originally made for British TV, but were so well received that they rightfully found their way into movie theaters in the U.S. Around the same time,… »

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Back Door Channels: The Price Of Peace movie trailer and poster

23 August 2011 9:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer and poster for Back Door Channels: The Price of Piece documentary The film helmed by Henry Hunkele is written by Matthew Tollin, Jonathan P. Hicks, Arick B. Wierson and Hunkele and brings together notable figures including Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger and Boutros Boutros-Ghali among others. Fisher Klingenstein Films sends the film to theaters on September 16th. Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace is the true story of the men who brought lasting Peace to the Middle East. For the first time ever, the filmmakers take the audience behind the public veil obscured by a first of its kind White House issued media blackout on the events. Behind the press conferences and into the smoke-filled backroom corridors of power during one of the world’s greatest historical moments - the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord and Treaty between Egypt and Israel. For one brief moment in time, Arab and Jew »

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Back Door Channels: The Price Of Peace movie trailer and poster

23 August 2011 9:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer and poster for Back Door Channels: The Price of Piece documentary The film helmed by Henry Hunkele is written by Matthew Tollin, Jonathan P. Hicks, Arick B. Wierson and Hunkele and brings together notable figures including Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger and Boutros Boutros-Ghali among others. Fisher Klingenstein Films sends the film to theaters on September 16th. Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace is the true story of the men who brought lasting Peace to the Middle East. For the first time ever, the filmmakers take the audience behind the public veil obscured by a first of its kind White House issued media blackout on the events. Behind the press conferences and into the smoke-filled backroom corridors of power during one of the world’s greatest historical moments - the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord and Treaty between Egypt and Israel. For one brief moment in time, Arab and Jew »

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"Zodiac" Scribe Pens "Red Riding" Remake

14 May 2011 1:38 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Zodiac" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" scribe James Vanderbilt has been hired to pen the remake of "Red Riding" for director Ridley Scott says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story is based on a four novel series by David Peace which looks at power and police corruption framed around the investigation of the disappearance of several young girls in a case based on the real life Yorkshire Ripper killings.

The project was previously turned into a trilogy of British TV movies which scored a theatrical release in the United States early last year. Back in late 2009, Steve Zaillian ("American Gangster," "Hannibal") was in talks to write the script.

Now Vanderbilt has come onboard to begin work, though the project is still likely some time off. Scott is currently in the midst of shooting his "Alien" spin-off/prequel "Prometheus". »

- Garth Franklin

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Red Riding Gets Writer James Vanderbilt

14 May 2011 9:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Vanderbilt, screenwriter behind Zodiac and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, has been hired to pen Red Riding for director Ridley Scott.

James Vanderbilt will be working from the four part book series by author David Peace, which follow a series of murders that took place in London between 1974 and 1983. The books were turned into a trio of British TV movies, which were released theatrically in the states in 2010: Red Riding: 1974, Red Riding: 1980, and Red Riding: 1983.

There isn't a set start date for Red Riding just yet. Ridley Scott is currently in the midst of shooting his Alien spin-off/prequel Prometheus, which will arrive in theaters June 8th, 2012. Red Riding may not make its theatrical debut until at least 2014.

Red Riding is in development . »

- MovieWeb

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Amazing Spider-man Scribe James Vanderbilt to Pen Red Riding Adaptation

14 May 2011 7:08 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Back in 2009, when Columbia acquired the rights to the gritty British crime drama series Red Riding, director Ridley Scott was thought to be teaming up with writer Steven Zaillian (American Gangster) once again. Though Zaillian is still producing along with Scott, it seems Columbia will go with the hot hand for a screenwriter. Heat Vision reports that James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) will write the adaptation of the popular British TV movie series. Red Riding is based on four novels by author David Peace. The series, and upcoming adaptation, follows a large cast of characters related to serial killings and police corruption that span the years from 1974 to 1983. After his work on Zodiac, Vanderbilt should feel right at home in this genre. (And for those of you playing 6 Degrees of Separation, Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, was featured in the original Red Riding series. Perhaps we’ll see him again, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Ridley Scott's Red Riding Gets Amazing Spider-man Scribe

14 May 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Based upon the David Peace book quartet and series of popular British TV movies, Jamie Vanderbilt will be penning an adaption of the noir crime drama. With a time span of 1974 to 1983, the Red Riding Quartet weaves a tale of corruption and conspiracy. They begin with a single young murder victim found brutally murdered on the streets of Yorkshire and moves to the slaughter of prostitutes that draws comparison's to Jack the Ripper. Police are inept or have a twisted sense of justice. Some partake in the services provided by the ones they are to protect. Greed has sullied the very core of the Yorkshire justice system. Outside lawmen, journalist, crooks and others are drawn into the messy web as the quintet paints a picture depicting the baser nature of humanity as the characters »

- Eric Whitman

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Regarding The Real Housewives Of New York City, Herb Gets It

11 May 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Herb Cohen is a retired Professional Negotiator who worked for the CIA, FBI, and the Federal Justice Department. He helped craft the governmental response to the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the highjacking of Twa Flight 847, and he was involved in the Camp David Peace Talks. Now, he’s a Jewish retiree from New York living in Florida. Somehow, he got roped into watching The Real Housewives Of New York City, and is addicted (granted, this is regarding last season). He has learned nearly every facet of the show, but watches the women with the understanding that they are all pretty terrible. Dude hates The Countess LuAnn (as he calls her). He thinks Bethenny Frankel is lying about her father’s death. And, actually, he loves Bobby Zarin.  (And he thinks Alex’s name is Alec, as in Baldwin, which is amazing.) Everything you wanted to know about The Real Housewives Of New York City »

- Best Week Ever

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Hunting Mubarak's Millions

17 April 2011 10:17 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Prosecutors think the secrets of the fallen leader's fortune may be hidden at his ritzy Red Sea hideout. In this week's Newsweek, Philip Shenon reports on where Mubarak's wealth may be and how it was concealed.

Forget the allegations that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family stashed billions of dollars abroad, much of it in Swiss bank accounts and real estate in London and Manhattan. The ailing Mubarak, reported to be suffering from heart problems, may be much closer to his money as he recuperates in the presidential suite of a pyramid-shaped hotel in the glitzy, sun-splashed Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Narcissists Defending Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Western diplomats and law-enforcement officials tell Newsweek that many of the secrets of the Mubarak family's wealth may be revealed along the palm-fringed streets of this town-Egypt's equivalent to Orlando or Las Vegas, where sprawling Western-style luxury hotels, »

- Philip Shenon

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Lesley Sharp: a true drama queen

16 April 2011 4:11 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lesley Sharp's name in the cast is almost a guarantee of quality TV drama. Now she's back as a gangster's ailing wife

Every so often people will peer at Lesley Sharp and ask the actor: "Have you been on telly?" If she says yes, the inevitable follow-up: "Well what have you been in?" And how to start answering that?

If it was me being asked, and I'd been in as much quality TV as Sharp, I'd probably say something like: Paul Abbott's Clocking Off, David Peace's Red Riding, Russell T Davies's Doctor Who, now off with you! But Sharp – petite, bright – is too nice for that. "I can't bring myself to start listing the CV. So I say, 'Bits and pieces of drama.. Otherwise it's icky."

She's been in a lot (as well as all the TV, two Mike Leigh films and The Full Monty, 20-plus »

- Tom Lamont

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The arts cuts: David Hare, Stephen Poliakoff, David Peace and others give their verdicts

30 March 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The axe has fallen on the arts. Were the cuts fair? As some groups celebrate and others face oblivion, David Hare, Stephen Poliakoff, Jude Kelly and more give their verdicts

Richard Eyre: director

What Arts Council England has done seems quite smart. Equal misery for all would have been deplorable, and lazy. Instead, they've applied the more substantial cuts to the larger organisations, which have a better chance of raising funding through other means. The National theatre, for instance, has been cut by 15%: I imagine that's roughly what they were expecting, and they can pull in sponsorship to make up the shortfall.

Ace has been intelligent in deciding which organsations should receive increases, or be brought into the new portfolio of funded companies; Ace has thoughtfully applied criteria based around talent and risk-taking. The Barbican and the Arcola in London are deserved recipients of their rises [of 108% and 82% respectively]. But I »

- Laura Barnett, Nosheen Iqbal

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This week's new film events

4 March 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Viva! Spanish Film Festival, Manchester

Opener Tear This Heart Out recreates a 1930s Mexican town with all its intrigues, and there are star-studded shorts to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution, but much of this year's Spanish-lanugage film festival is bang up to date. Chilean movie The Life Of Fish is set at a party, while Aurora Borealis: My Final Day is presented as a Mexican teenager's video suicide note. The Colours Of The Mountain contrasts a rural village with guerrilla wars, and Spanish comedy Fat People focuses on obesity. Also, the documentary Circus tracks one of Mexico's last travelling circuses, while Sins Of My Father is a son's view of drug baron Pablo Escobar.

Cornerhouse, Sat to 27 Mar

Minghella Film Festival, Newport

Three years after Anthony Minghella's death, the shoring up of his legacy continues thanks to his fans, family and celebrity mates. The latter »

- Steve Rose

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Mubarak's Elusive Fixer

16 February 2011 6:40 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

As the probe of Hosni Mubarak's finances heats up, investigators may want to take a closer look at Hussein Salem, an Egyptian spy-turned-businessman found in Dubai with $500 million in cash. By Philip Shenon

The search for Hosni Mubarak's fortune is likely to lead investigators to an Egyptian spy-turned-businessman who was widely seen in Cairo as the Mubarak family's fixer.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Egyptians Rejoice in Tahrir Square

The secretive energy trader and land developer, Hussein Salem, who made his most recent fortune through the sale of Egyptian natural gas to Israel, is reported to have fled Cairo last month after the first of the street riots that led to the collapse of the Mubarak government.

According to news reports in Israel, Salem, believed to be in his early eighties, arrived in Dubai carrying more than enough money to assure himself a comfortable retirement outside Egypt-$500 million. »

- Philip Shenon

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Ascension: A Tom Hooper Profile (Part 2)

2 February 2011 11:49 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following his Academy Award nomination for Best Director on The King's Speech, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of British filmmaker Tom Hooper in the second of a two part feature... read part one here.

Expecting to do a film about Katharine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post, British director Tom Hooper found his cinematic agenda changed; for his third outing with HBO, he was given the task of helming a nine-hour miniseries about John Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. “When HBO entrusts you with $100 million to tell that kind of story and they are bringing it out at the time of the primaries in the election race, let’s just say there’s a little bit of pressure to perform,” admitted the London native. “This is the creation story and in a country that has such an incredibly strong film tradition it’s been overlooked. »

- flickeringmyth

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