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Luke Treadaway’s ‘Street Cat Named Bob’ Gets U.S. Release

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cleopatra Films has acquired all domestic rights to Luke Treadaway’s “A Street Cat Named Bob,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is an adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling book of the same name, which chronicles his life as a street musician and recovering addict barely getting by in London. He adopts a stray ginger cat, names him Bob, nurses him back to health, and takes him to guitar-playing gigs — and the pair became an instant attraction.

Cleopatra Films, the movie division of record label Cleopatra Records, plans a Nov. 18 release in at least 20 U.S. markets.

Roger Spottiswoode directed from a script by Tim John and Maria Nation, and produced by Adam Rolston for Shooting Script Films. Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) and Ruta Gedmintas also star.

A Street Cat Named Bob” was first published in the U.K. in March 2012 and spent a record 70 consecutive weeks on the Sunday Times bestseller list. »

- Dave McNary

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Ambi Group Launching Chinese Partnership With SinoLicensing

6 June 2016 1:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ambi Group is partnering with Beijing-based SinoLicensing to form Ambi-Sino China — a finance, production and distribution company.

SinoLicensing CEO Chuan “Melody” Bi and and Ambi co-owner Andrea Iervolino will oversee the day-to-day operations. The deal was announced Monday in Beijing.

In addition to expanding Ambi’s distribution to China, Ambi-Sino will finance and produce Chinese original content, co-produce English-language content with Chinese partners, and serve as a local production partner for Ambi’s productions and third-party projects.

Ambi-Sino will be able to exploit the Ambi  library, which includes the Exclusive Media library it acquired last year. That acquisition covered remake and sequel rights for about 400 titles, including “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back.”

“These properties, and more, will be considered for local remake opportunities in the Chinese language with cooperation from local and international financing partners, »

- Dave McNary

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5 Characters Found in (Practically) Every Period British TV Show

30 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ok, you can admit it now -- you loved "Downton Abbey" just like the rest of us. The show captured almost everyone's attention for as long as it was on the air and introduced TV devotees to the glory that is British period television. Once viewers found out that the updated versions of these (mostly) historical events were packed with salacious details, torrid affairs, sassy grandmas, and so much more, they were in for the duration.

Now that you're obsessed with British period shows, whether they're loosely based on true events, like "The Tudors," or are works of fiction set in historical times, similar to "Outlander" (sometimes referred to as a British-American show hybrid), get to know the handful of usual suspects that we can't help but notice make their mark in nigh every show.

1. Privileged White Male Who Is Struggling With ... Something

This one is a no-brainer. It's basically »

- Chelsea Perrotty

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Harlots: Hulu and ITV Order Drama Series

27 May 2016 2:41 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Harlots TV show has been ordered straight-to-series, by ITV and Hulu. An eight part drama, Harlots stars Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, and Jessica Brown Findlay. The Harlots  TV series will air on ITV Encore in UK and stream on Hulu in the Us. Filming begins in London, in June 2016.

A family drama, set in 18th century Georgian London, Hulu says Harlots offers, "...a brand new take on the city's most valuable commercial activity - sex. Based on the stories of real women, the series follows Margaret Wells (Morton) and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner."


- TVSeriesFinale.com

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ITV, Hulu team up for 'Harlots'

26 May 2016 7:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Period drama stars Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay.

UK broadcaster ITV and Us streaming service Hulu have announced a straight-to-series order for period drama series Harlots, starring Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay.

The ongoing, eight-part series from Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures will air on ITV Encore in the UK and stream exclusively in the Us on Hulu as part of the Hulu Originals slate.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment negotiated the deal and will distribute the drama internationally.

Harlots takes place in 18th century Georgian London as a brothel owner fights to keep her business from a rival madam.

Playwright and screenwriter Moira Buffini wrote the screenplay from an original idea she conceived with Alison Newman.

Shooting is scheduled for June in London. Coky Giedroyc and China Moo-Young direct with Lawrence Till on board as producer and Owen and Hayward as executive producers alongside Alison Carpenter, Buffini and Newman »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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TV News: Roadies, Preacher, Harlots, Matter

26 May 2016 6:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Showtime has debuted the new trailer for its highly-anticipated comedy series "Roadies," the first original series from creator, executive producer, writer and director Cameron Crowe. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall and Keisha Castle-Hughes lead the one-hour music series which will premiere June 26th on air, on demand and online. "Roadies" is currently in production on ten episodes in Los Angeles.


Following the series premiere this past Sunday on AMC, the network has released the full episode online with a commentary track by directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg regarding the episode and adapting the comic for television. The episode can be seen by clicking here, but is geolocked to United States online users only.


Hulu and ITV are teaming on a straight-to-series order for drama series "Harlots". Set in the world of the 18th century London sex trade, the ongoing eight-part series will air »

- Garth Franklin

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Hulu Orders Up Harlots Drama, Starring Samantha Morton, Downton Alum

26 May 2016 9:32 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hulu will explore the world of 18th-Century Harlots, as the Stateside streaming home for a new series that will air in the UK on ITV.

RelatedThe Path Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu

Set against the backdrop of Georgian London, Harlots is described as a powerful family drama offering a new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity — sex. Based on the stories of real women and written by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre), the series follows Margaret Wells (played by Minority Report‘s Samantha Morton) and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. »

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Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville & Jessica Brown Findlay Are ‘Harlots’ For ITV And Hulu

26 May 2016 8:26 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Samantha Morton (The Last Panthers), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey) and Lesley Manville (Malificent) have been set to star in Harlots, a co-production between Hulu and ITV. The eight-part drama is getting a straight-to-series order. Harlots will air on ITV Encore in the UK and stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu as part of the Hulu Originals slate. Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures is producing. Harlots is written by Moira Buffini (J… »

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Simon Aboud’s 'This Beautiful Fantastic' closes global deals

13 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film starring Jessica Brown Findlay [pictured] and Tom Wilkinson had a market screening in Cannes.

Ambi Distribution has licensed key territories following a market screening here on Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson.

President and COO Julie Sultan has sold rights to Germany (Nfp), Japan (Digital Networks Entertainment), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), Latin America (California Filmes), Portugal (Lusomundo), South Korea (Double and Joy Pictures) and Hong Kong (Intercontinental Films).

Further deals closed in Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Romania (P4M), Turkey (DigiTurk), former Yugoslavia (21 Film), Singapore (Shaw), South Africa (Tmf), Middle East (Gulf Film), Taiwan (Encore Film), and Entertainment In Motion (Eim) for airlines.

Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine and Anna Chancellor also star in the London-set contemporary fairytale centred on the friendship between a reclusive woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower.

Ambi Group and Ipso Facto produced and financed the film and Gersh »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cleopatra Records Spins Into U.S. Distribution With Morrissey Biopic ‘Steven’

9 May 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Brian Perera's La-based label Cleopatra Records is expanding into film distribution and production, eyeing projects focused on indie music and its icons. Its first move is acquiring all U.S. rights to Morrissey biopic Steven with Jack Lowden as the legendary British singer and frontman of The Smiths. Jessica Brown Findlay also stars. First-time helmer Mark Gill is directing Steven from a script he co-wrote with William Thacker, his collaborator on the 2014… »

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News Bits: Dredd, Reason, Scandal, Morrissey

26 April 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dredd 2

Actor Karl Urban remains very keen to take on the role of Judge Dredd again, to the point that he tweeted this week asking for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon to look into a "Dredd"-related project as "There's a gold mine of Awesome Mega city 1 stories." The tweet was prompted by a fan-made Netflix listing for a possible "Dredd" film sequel.

The Reason You're Alive

Miramax has won the rights to a film adaptation of "The Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's new novel "The Reason You're Alive" which Allison Shearmur ("Cinderella," "Rogue One") will produce. Quick will adapt the screenplay from his novel.

The story follows a Vietnam war veteran who, following brain surgery, must atone for a decades-old injustice in order to reconnect with his peace-loving art dealer son. [Source: Variety]


Darby Stanchfield ("Scandal"), Emily Bett Rickards ("Arrow"), and Meaghan Rath ("Being Human") have been »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Doctor Foster’ Actress Jodie Comer Boards Morrissey Biopic ‘Steven’

26 April 2016 5:49 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive–  Jodie Comer has joined the cast of Steven, the Mark Gill-directed biopic of iconic British singer Morrissey. This film marks Comer’s big screen debut, following on from her eye-catching turn as the 22-year-old mistress/homewrecker in BBC's ratings phenomenon Doctor Foster. She joins the previously announced Jack Lowden and Jessica Brown Findlay in the film. The news comes on the heels of Comer landing the plum lead role The White Princess, the sequel to… »

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Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star in ‘Black Butterfly’

14 April 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will co-star in the psychological thriller “Black Butterfly,” directed by Brian Goodman (“What Doesn’t Kill You”).

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group and Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios are financing and producing “Black Butterfly.” Marc Frydman is also producing while Mikael Wiren and Alexandra Klim are executive producing.

The movie is based on the French film “Papillon Noir,” written by Hervé Korian. Justin Stanley (“Stigmata”) and Steve Hilts are adapting a new screenplay.

Banderas will play a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter (Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes the screenwriter hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will be introducing the project to buyers in Cannes. Principal photography is »

- Dave McNary

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Morrissey Biopic 'Steven' Gets Jessica Brown Findlay

11 April 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Steven Patrick Morrissey, usually known as just Morrissey, is finally getting the biopic treatment. And Jessica Brown Findlay has landed a key role in this drama. The actress is best known for playing &#160Lady Sybil Crawley on the hit PBS series Downton Abbey. Mark Gill will direct.

Steven follows the early life of the iconic British musician. Jack Lowden is playing Morrissey in this story that tracks Steven in the 1970s, before he became the lead singer of influential 80s band The Smith. Jessica Brown Findlay is playing English visual artist, performance artist and musician Linder Sterling. From Liverpool, she became a very close friend of Steven's.

Director Mark Gill co-wrote the screenplay with William Thacker. The duo also collaborated on the 2014 Oscar-nominated short film The Voorman Problem. HanWay is handling sales on the project, with Entertainment One taking distribution rights in the UK. Production will begin on Steven this April in England. »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Morrissey Biopic

11 April 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay has joined the cast of “Steven,” a biopic about the early life and career of singer Morrissey.

British filmmaker Mark Gill is directing “Steven” from his own script, with Jack Lowden portraying the musician in his early life in the 1970s before he became the lead singer of the 1980s band The Smiths. Findlay will play Morrissey’s friend, visual artist and musician Linder Sterling.

Steven Patrick Morrissey founded The Smiths with Johnny Marr in 1982. The group broke up in 1987 and Morrissey went on to a successful solo career.

HanWay is handling sales on the project, which starts shooting this month, while Entertainment One has taken U.K. rights.

Orian Williams and Gill’s Voorman Problem partner, Baldwin Li, are producing.

Findlay portrayed Lady Sybil Branson in Julian Fellowes’ hit TV series “Downton Abbey.” Her movie credits include “The Riot Club,” “Jamaica Inn” and “The Outcast. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Cast Of Morrissey Biopic ‘Steven’

11 April 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay has joined the cast of Steven, the Mark Gill-directed biopic of iconic British singer Morrissey. Findlay stars opposite Jack Lowden in the lead role of the movie that follows the character from his early life in the 1970s before he went on to become the lead singer in seminal 1980s band The Smiths. She will play Linder Sterling, an English visual artist, performance artist and musician from Liverpool who became a close… »

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Review: Victor Frankenstein

17 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

You have to give credit to Dwight Frye, the underappreciated character actor who created the role of the hunchback Fritz, who aided Colin Clive’s Victor Frankenstein in the 1931 Universal adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. In further Universal installments, the assistant was renamed Ygor and Frye was replaced with Bela Lugosi – but it is Frye’s portrayal that gave the world the stock character forever known to all as Igor.

In the re-envisioned world portrayed in Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), Igor is given an upgrade from simple lab assistant to brilliant physician and Frye has morphed into Daniel Radcliffe. Young Victor is actually still in med school as we meet out characters and it is Igor who proves to the brains behind the, ahem, operation.

Max Landis uses both Shelley’s novel and the Universal series of films as guideposts but charts a fresh, if not wholly original tale. »

- Robert Greenberger

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'The Crow' Remake Director Gets Fired, Legal Troubles Ensue

16 March 2016 5:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in November, Relativity's long-delayed remake of The Crow seemed to be finally heading in the right direction. Director Corin Hardy signed a new holding deal with the studio, just months after rumors surfaced that he was ready to leave the project. Production was slated to begin sometime in the spring of 2016, after the studio emerged from its bankruptcy proceedings, but now the project is tied up in yet another legal snafu. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producer Edward R. Pressman has filed court documents today seeking to deny Relativity the rights to make this remake and any future projects, after they quietly fired director Corin Hardy.

Edward R. Pressman signed a deal with Relativity back in 2009 that gave studio president Ryan Kavanaugh the option to make three Crow movies. That option was exercised in 2014, which gave the studio three years to start production, or the rights reverted back to the producer. »

- MovieWeb

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Toodles, Lady Mary! Downton Abbey Concludes with Lots of Tea and Sympathy

6 March 2016 7:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After six seasons, PBS Masterpiece's beloved British series about aristocrats and servants has rolled to a gentle, satisfying close. In the final episode, Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), finally gave up complaining that this or that setback at Downton represented the twilight of the gentry. Everyone, upstairs and down, seemed to agree instead to pretend they were basking in an eternal, sentimental gloaming. Even long-suffering Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) walked down the aisle, although her escort into the future will be a twit. Life wound up "happy enough," said Lady Violet (Dame Maggie Smith), "which is the English version of a happy ending. »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Original 'Crow' Director Thinks the Remake Is a Bad Idea

29 February 2016 2:45 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in November, it was revealed that the long-awaited remake of The Crow will finally start shooting this spring, after Relativity Media emerges from its bankruptcy proceedings. Director Corin Hardy is on board to direct, although the project still hasn't cast its lead character Eric Draven quite yet. While we wait for more updates on this project, Alex Proyas, who directed the original 1994 classic The Crow, chimed in with his thoughts on the reboot, while promoting his new movie Gods of Egypt with Collider. Here's what he had to say below.

"I personally feel like it's kind of unnecessary. I've said this many times, I've completed the original movie to honor Brandon and that's the sole reason I did it. I'm happy I did it for that reason. I sort of feel like it's his legacy and I personally don't have a lot of time for people trying to reignite that movie in other ways. »

- MovieWeb

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