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‘A United Kingdom’ to Open BFI London Film Festival, Boosting Awards Chances

21 June 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom,” a historical romance starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, is set to open the 60th BFI London Film Festival. The two leads play King Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and London office-worker Ruth Williams, respectively, a black man and white woman who wed in 1947 in the face of their families’ (and governments’) protestations.

Read More: Watch: ‘Belle’ Writer/Director Amma Asante Talks Defining and Empowering Yourself

Asante, whose “Belle” tackled similar material, said in a statement that “It’s a great privilege that ‘A United Kingdom’ has been selected as the Opening Night Film of the BFI London Film Festival. The Festival means a lot to me personally, having showcased my very first film, ‘A Way of Life,’ here and been honoured with the UK Film Talent Award. I’m a proud Londoner and in ‘A United Kingdom’ we’ve been able to »

- Michael Nordine

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A United Kingdom to open the 60th BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BFI has announced that Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom is set to serve as the Opening Night gala of the 60th BFI London Film Festival, with its European premiere set for Wednesday, October 5th.

A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

David Oyelowo (Selma) stars as Seretse Khama, with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) playing his future wife Ruth Williams. They are joined in the cast by Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden (’71) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey).

Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom is testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history, »

- Gary Collinson

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Amma Asante’s 'A United Kingdom' to open BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike to receive European premiere at Lff.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) will open with director Amma Asante’s (Belle) drama A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

The film will receive its European premiere at the festival on Wednesday Oct 5, marking the second consecutive year that London has opened with a film from a female director following last year’s opener Suffragette.

Cast and filmmakers are expected to attend the screening, which will be cinecast across the UK.

Set in the late 1940s, the true story centres on Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo), who caused an international stir when he married white British office worker Ruth Williams (Pike).

Screenplay comes from Guy Hibbert (Eye In The Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton ([link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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BFI London Film Festival to open with Amma Asante’s 'A United Kingdom'

21 June 2016 4:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike to receive European premiere at Lff.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) will open with director Amma Asante’s (Belle) drama A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

The film will receive its European premiere at the festival on Wednesday Oct 5, marking the second consecutive year that London has opened with a film from a female director following last year’s opener Suffragette.

Cast and filmmakers are expected to attend the screening, which will be cinecast across the UK.

The story centres on Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo), who causes an international stir when he marries a white woman (Pike) from London in the late 1940s.

Screenplay comes from Guy Hibbert (Eye In The Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng ([link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Amma Assante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ to open 2016 BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Amma Assante‘s A United Kingdom has been announced as the opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival.

The film is the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.

A United Kingdom is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. The cast is led by David Oyelowo (Selma) as Seretse Khama with »

- Paul Heath

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Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ to Open BFI London Film Festival

21 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amma Asante’s third feature “A United Kingdom,” which stars “Selma’s” David Oyelowo and “Gone Girl’s” Rosamund Pike, will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 5.

Asante won the BAFTA for most promising newcomer for her debut “A Way of Life,” and followed that with “Belle,” which won best actress for Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the British Independent Film Awards.

A United Kingdom” tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

The Lff gala screening, which will be the film’s European premiere, will be attended by Asante, Oyelowo and Pike. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings in movie theaters across the U.K.

The film’s screenplay is penned »

- Leo Barraclough

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

2 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, Viola Davis made history as the first African-American woman to win the lead actress prize, and she could well repeat this year for her searing work on “How to Get Away With Murder.” With the exception of Elisabeth Moss, whose “Mad Men” ended its on-air run last year, Davis’ competition is likely to be the same: Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).

Or, voters could choose to recognize Julianna Margulies, who has already won twice for “The Good Wife” — most recently in 2014 ­­— yet wasn’t even nominated last year. With the series finale still fresh in voter’s minds, they would be wise to reward Margulies for her seven seasons of remarkable work. Along those lines, Michelle Dockery, nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for “Downton Abbey,” could slip back in now that the show has ended.

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- Variety Staff

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Netflix Takes World Rights To ‘Marcella’ Crime Drama Starring Anna Friel – Miptv

3 April 2016 11:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Netflix has acquired exclusive worldwide streaming rights to crime series Marcella from Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of the original Swedish/Danish co-production The Bridge (Bron). The eight-part drama, sold by Cineflix Rights, premieres tonight on ITV in the UK and will be available globally, outside the UK and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1. Anna Friel (Limitless), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), Sinéad Cusack (Jekyll & Hyde) and Harry… »

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Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights to Anna Friel Crime Drama ‘Marcella’

3 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Building a now rapidly burgeoning slate of European series offered to Europe and the world, Netflix has acquired the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to “Marcella,” the crime drama series from “The Bridge” writer Hans Rosenfeldt, starring Anna Friel. The deal was struck by Cineflix Rights, which holds international distribution rights.

The show, whose cast also includes “Downton Abbey’s” Laura Carmichael, “Fortitude’s” Nicholas Pinnock, “Jekyll & Hyde’s” Sinead Cusack and Harry Lloyd, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” will premiere on April 4 in the U.K. on commercial network ITV and will be available globally, outside of the U.K. and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1.

The series, produced by Buccaneer Media for ITV, stars Friel as a troubled detective mother of two children who gives up her career to care for her family. When 10 years later, her husband walks out on her, she returns to work and »

- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell

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Netflix to air The Bridge creator's Marcella worldwide

3 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Streaming service buys right to Hans Rosenfeldt’s new thriller, which stars Anna Friel and Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, from ITV

Netflix has bought the rights to ITV’s new Anna Friel drama Marcella, written by the creator of The Bridge, Hans Rosenfeldt.

The Us-based video-on-demand service has bought the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to the eight-part thriller, which begins on ITV on Monday.

Related: Anna Friel feels the cut of ITV's stab in the Nordic dark

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- John Plunkett

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Downton Abbey: Series Finale Hits Ratings Record

8 March 2016 4:09 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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The sixth season and TV series finale of Downton Abbey drew more viewers than any of Downton Abbey's prior season finales. PBS and Wgbh announced that the finale, which aired Sunday, March 6, drew an average audience of 9.6 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National data, 6.1 household rating) across PBS stations nationwide.

Nearly ten million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Downton Abbey's residents, including: Lord Robert and Lady Cora Crawley (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) and their daughters Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael). Just as beloved (or more so) are the Downton staff, including: Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nichol), Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), and Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier). Last but not least is this reporter's scarecrow, that dazzling doyen of the Dower House, Lady Violet Crawley »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes Talks Movie Sequel and Series Finale

7 March 2016 2:31 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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The Downton Abbey TV series finale aired on PBS last night. As he did when Downton ended on ITV, on Christmas Night, 2015, creator, Ep, and writer Julian Fellowes is doing the media rounds, discussing the end of the six season series, and the possibility of a movie or other sequel. If you're in the States and missed the finale, last night, catch up on PBS.org.

While the Downton Abbey finale gave closure for most of the characters, including Edith (Laura Carmichael), Mary (Michelle Dockery), Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), it had an open-ended feel, that should make revisiting the characters in a sequel feel natural.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Why Maggie Smith Got the Last Line on Downton Abbey

7 March 2016 12:15 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Downton Abbey gave Maggie Smith a big honor in the series finale: the last line. The final episode of the crossover hit drama featured Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally finding happiness. She got married and everybody celebrated her big day, which also happened to be New Year's Eve. The final dialogue was between Smith and Penelope Wilton. Isobel (Wilton): "What else could we drink to? We're going forward into the future, not back into the past." Dowager Countess: "If only we had the choice." Creator Julian Fellowes told Variety it was only fitting for Smith to get the last line. "I think she had to have the last word. I feel that Violet was our sort of »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale Recap: Edith Marries; Anna Has Her Baby

7 March 2016 7:37 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Downton Abbey‘s series finale aired Sunday night, sending off the Crawley family and those who worked at their estate by tying up all the loose ends, romantic and otherwise. Downton Abbey Series Finale Recap The sixth and final season finale opened with Edith (Laura Carmichael) announcing that she plans to move to London full time, where […]

The post ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale Recap: Edith Marries; Anna Has Her Baby appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Talks Lady Edith’s Fate in Finale, Teases Movie

6 March 2016 8:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Do not read this story if you have set to watch the series finale of “Downton Abbey.”) Interviewing Gareth Neame for the “Downton Abbey” series finale was quite bittersweet. Bitter, because the man’s terrific period drama has officially come to an end; sweet, in that its series creator offers a very refreshing style of interviewing — he tells the truth. For example, the reason Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) scored such a happy ending? Because that’s what you guys wanted, Neame told TheWrap. “We listen to what the fans say, and you start to realize what the fans want to see, »

- Tony Maglio

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Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Closes PBS Hit’s Sentimental Journey (Spoilers)

6 March 2016 7:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Watching the final few episodes of “Downton Abbey,” including the series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t yet), brought to mind the accusation leveled at Rick, Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca,” by Claude Rains’ Captain Renault: “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that in this case, as series creator Julian Fellowes clearly exhibited an affection for his cast, and a desire to see them enjoy the equivalent of an uplifting ride into the sunset on this towering PBS drama.

Granted, the way of life represented in the series has been living on borrowed time for a while. And just as “Downton” began with the sinking of the Titanic and encompassed the tumult of World War I, the specter of World War II looms over the future of all these characters, or at least those likely to be around another 15 years or more. »

- Brian Lowry

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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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Downton Abbey Series Finale Recap: How Did the Crawleys Say Goodbye?

6 March 2016 7:28 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

I hope you adequately savored that final shot of a snow-covered Downton Abbey on Sunday, because it was the last one we’re ever going to get.

PhotosDownton Abbey Series Finale Photos: Best Moments

The PBS drama ended its six-season run on a high note, giving us pretty much everything we could have possibly hoped for: Edith and Bertie are married, Mary and Henry are expecting a “young Talbot,” Tom and Laura are on the cusp of romance, Anna and Bates are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, and Thomas has been given new purpose as Downton’s butler. »

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The Walking Dead Recap: That’s How the Cookie Crumbles

6 March 2016 7:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The “Not Tomorrow Yet” episode of The Walking Dead started off so cheerfully — with Carol baking and distributing beet and acorn cookies like she was Alexandria’s own Mrs. Fields — that nobody could’ve blamed you if for a minute you’d thought you’d tuned in to the wrong show. But, of course, by the end of the hour, disaster once again had struck our regulars, some harder than others. Which of them wound up in a situation that not even snack food could improve? Read on…

RelatedWalking Dead Poll: Does ‘Richonne’ Have a Love That’s to Die For? »

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Downton Abbey Series Finale: 6 Teases About the Crawleys' Big Goodbye

5 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There’s no use in asking if you’re ready to say goodbye to the residents of Downton Abbey this Sunday (PBS, 9/8c). Because you’re not. None of us are.

That said, the lords, ladies and downstairs dwellers have a whole mess of last-minute surprises up their collective sleeve for the series finale, so TVLine thought we’d cushion the pain of farewell by dropping a few hints. (Note: Stop reading now if you’d rather remain in the dark.)

Ready? Ok, let’s do this…

* Anna is not the only person pregnant in the final episode. »

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