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Michiel Huisman, who was last seen by Dany’s side as the fiercely loyal Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, has landed a role opposite Lily James in post-wwii drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lifting inspiration from Annie Barros and Mary Ann Shaffer’s novel of the same name, Guernsey chronicles the story of Juliet Ashton (James), a reporter who decides to shed light on the famous Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed on Guernsey Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy during the throes of World War II.
A haven of peace and tranquility during wartime, Ashton’s curiosity is piqued when she receives a letter from a local resident named Dawsey Adams (Huisman). He’s a farmer on the island and, following a series of exchanges between Lily James’ writer and the titular book society, »
- Michael Briers
28 November 2016 11:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The story is set in the aftermath of World War II and follows journalist Juliet Ashton (James), who decides to write about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed on Guernsey Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy during wartime. It begins when she receives a letter from a resident named Dawsey (Huisman), a farmer on the island. She starts writing letters to the book club, and eventually travels to the island »
- Rebecca Ford
Paris – One of the rare European companies to have scored a large volume of pre-sales at this year’s Afm, Studiocanal fared best with Aardman Animations’ stop-motion feature “Shaun the Sheep 2,” Amanda Sthers’ Paris-based dramedy “Madame” and Mike Newell’s adaptation of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”
Richard Starzak’s “Shaun the Sheep 2,” the sequel to the Oscar-nominated feature based on the British Wallace and Gromit spinoff series, pre-sold in many territories even though it is still in very early stages and is expected to be released no sooner than in 2019.
Deals were closed for Italia (Koch Media), Svensk (Scandinavia), Switzerland (Impuls”), Baltics (Acme), Iceland (Myndform), Portugal (Lusomundo), Turkey (Fabula), Greece (Spentzos), Lebanon (Salim Ramia), Taiwan (Caichang), Eim for airlines, Ex-Yugoslavia (Blitz), Poland (Monolith), Israel (Lev), Czech Republic (Bohemia), Benelux (eOne), Singapore (Shaw), India (Pictureworks) and Hong Kong (Edko).
- Elsa Keslassy
It's a tale as old as time, but it's never looked quite so shiny and new before. Ahead of Monday's release of the Beauty and the Beast trailer, Et got on the phone with Bill Condon, the director behind such varied projects as Dreamgirls and both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, to discuss what it was like seeing Emma Watson in Belle’s yellow dress for the first time, what it took to bring the Beast to life, and whether there might ever be a shared cinematic universe where all the Disney princesses team up, Avengers-style.
Et: How much leeway do you feel you can take, creatively, with a story like this?
Bill Condon: This was not a case of some other retellings of fairytales where you're coming at it from a different angle or wanting to reinvent »
Burberry’s latest advert looks like something Julian Fellowes would watch on his laptop without any pants on. It is a lavish three-minute trailer for a period drama that will never be made. Directed by Asif Kapadia and starring Sienna Miller, Domhnall Gleeson, Dominic West and Lily James, it tells the story of the company’s founder Thomas Burberry as he kits out various figures from history: Ernest Shackleton, Betty Dawson (based on pilot Betty Kirby-Green) and first world war soldiers.
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- Edward Tew
Joe Wright, director of Hanna, Anna Karenina and Pan, has been appointed at the helm, directing from a script produced by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything). Eyeing a release late next year, a near unrecognizable Gary Oldman will take point as the former British Prime Minister, who found himself between a rock and a very, very hard place as Nazi Germany reached the peak of its power during World War II.
Soon after France had fallen, Darkest Hour recounts the proposed peace treaty with Nazi Germany, before Churchill dug in his heels, vowing to “go on to the end,” fighting the opposing Axis forces in France, on the beaches, on the European hills, and everywhere in between. It’s a remarkable period of history, »
- Michael Briers
Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill for director Joe Wright in Darkest Hour, which has begun production in the U.K. Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the Working Title Films production as part of the company’s renewed global initiative.
Focus will release Darkest Hour domestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film globally, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.
The original screenplay of Darkest Hour is by Anthony McCarten, an Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner as screenwriter of Focus and Working Title’s Best Picture Oscar nominee The Theory of Everything. Mr. McCarten and Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner Lisa Bruce (The Theory of Everything) are producing Darkest Hour with Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and BAFTA Award winner Douglas Urbanski (Nil by Mouth), reteaming with Focus and Working Title following Tinker, »
- Michelle McCue
Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, has started to shoot in the U.K. Production company Working Title Films and distributor Focus Features have revealed details of the behind-the-camera talent, many of whom are Oscar winners or nominees.
The creative team includes costume designer Jacqueline Durran, an Academy Award winner for her work on Wright’s “Anna Karenina”; production designer Sarah Greenwood, who has received Oscar nominations for three previous movies directed by Wright (“Anna Karenina,” “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”); and composer Dario Marianelli, an Oscar winner for scoring Wright’s “Atonement.”
Also on the production team are director of photography Bruno Delbonnel, a four-time Oscar nominee; editor Valerio Bonelli (“Florence Foster Jenkins”); make-up and hair designer Ivana Primorac, who has collaborated with Wright on four previous movies including “Hanna”; and two-time Academy Award nominee Kazuhiro Tsuji, who will be prosthetics designer on “Darkest Hour. »
- Leo Barraclough
First-look image of Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Photo: Jack English/Universal Pictures UK production has begun on Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, which features an original screenplay by The Theory Of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten.
Working Title's synopsis of the film reads: "Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, »
- Amber Wilkinson
Joe Wright is directing the film, which is a Working Title Films production. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will distribute in the Us and Universal Pictures International will distribute globally.
BAFTA-winning screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) has penned the screenplay and will produce alongside Lisa Bruce (The Theory Of Everything) with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title and Douglas Urbanski (Tinker Tailor Solider Spy).
Darkest Hour is set for a Us release on November 27, 2017, followed by a UK release on December 29, 2017.
Working Title made history in 2016 by becoming the first British film company »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
The consummately British Lily James is a major muse to the consummately British Burberry brand. She serves as the face of its latest fragrance, My Burberry Black, and just starred in the new holiday film The Tale of Thomas Burberry. And like any Brit worth her trenchcoat and wellies, she has plenty of memories of the brand going way back.
James says she can’t remember the first Burberry outfit she ever wore, but does remember the first item that ever caught her attention. “When I was younger I remember seeing the boys wearing those Burberry shirts,” she tells PeopleStyle »
- Colleen Kratofil
Gary Oldman will appear in three films by the end of 2016 — “Man Down,” “Criminal” and “The Space Between Us” — but all in co-starring roles. By this time next year, he will star in a Winston Churchill biopic directed by Joe Wright. The film follows Churchill’s struggle to stand firm against Nazi Germany as an invasion of Great Britain is imminent. Written by Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”), it will co-star John Hurt (“The Elephant Man”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Mississippi Grind”) and Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”). Check out a first look from the film below featuring an unrecognizable Oldman as Churchill, courtesy of The Film Stage.
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- Vikram Murthi
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Quite close to London, but for many, a million miles away, Southend-on-Sea is a town along the Thames estuary. Jem Cohen’s new documentary, World Without End (No Reported Incidents), is a portrait of this place – everyday streets, everyday birds, unflagging tides, mud, and sky. But it is also about humanity and history, about prize-winning Indian curries, an encyclopedic universe of hats, and a nearly lost world of proto-punk music.
William Friedkin recently shadowed an Italian exorcist, »
- Nick Newman
Although the film comes out next Focus Features has released the first look at Gary Oldman as Sir Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour. The film is being directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) and co-stars Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Universal Pictures has released a first look image of Gary Oldman as British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the upcoming drama Darkest Hour from acclaimed director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice).
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
- Gary Collinson
Joe Wright’s next film Darkest Hour will follows Winston Churchill as he leads a charge against Hitler’s army in the early days of World War II. The film features an all-star cast including Gary Oldman as Britain’s former Prime Minister, as well as Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas and John Hurt.
Via the Daily Mail we have our very first look at Oldman as Churchill in the film and the resemblance is uncanny.
Here’s the plot of the film.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Nov 4, 2016
Edgar Wright's first film as director since 2010's Scott Pilgrim Vs The World moves a little further away...
Comfortably one of our most look forward to features of 2017, the film is a story of a mute getaway driver who works to music. The soundtrack album already promises to be something very special.
Wright has recruited a cast that includes Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Elza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Jon Bernthal. He’s penned the script himself, and the film was all set to land in March 2017.
However, presumably fearing a box office battle against Disney’s Beauty And The Beast retelling, Sony has now moved the film back five months. Instead, it’ll land on August 11th 2017 in the Us, »
For an actor who has worked with directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley and Tony Scott, Thomas Alfredson, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, and more, it’s somewhat remarkable that Gary Oldman has only once been nominated for an Academy Award (deservedly so, for his fantastic performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Unless something goes awry, we’d imagine he has a strong chance once again next season for a new biopic.
Production recently began on Darkest Hour, a new Winston Churchill biopic with Oldman in the lead role. Directed by Atonement and Anna Karenina‘s Joe Wright (who just helmed Black Mirror‘s “Nosedive”), the first look has now arrived of Oldman playing the British Prime Minister, and his transformation is staggering.
- Jordan Raup
Nikolaj Arcel’s big-screen rendition of The Dark Tower wasn’t the only new release to be affected by Sony’s reshuffling effort, as we now have word that both Jumanji and Edgar Wright’s caper Baby Driver are among those postponed.
First up, the studio’s Jumanji sequel – one which stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan – has been pushed back to December 22, 2017, where Sony believes Jake Kasdan’s romp will thrive in a family-friendly corridor. The action-adventure pic had previously been on course to release in July.
It’s a similar story for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. Once slated to open opposite Beauty and the Beast on March 17, the star-studded drama has relocated to August 11, 2017, the very same corridor in which Sony’s Sausage Party found success earlier this year. Will lightning strike twice? Jamie Foxx, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, »
- Michael Briers
Minghella was named president in August 2015 of TriStar, the Sony Pictures Entertainment unit that produces literary and prestige pictures. TriStar has been an active buyer of acclaimed literary properties and filmmaker-driven projects.
TriStar’s upcoming films include “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, which will be released next week; “T2: Trainspotting,” from director Danny Boyle, due in February; “Baby Driver,” due in March from writer-director Edgar Wright, and starring Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Eiza Gonzalez, and set for release in March.
The retention of Minghella comes at a time when other executives at Sony have complained to management about what they say is Rothman’s abrasive, micro-managing style. Variety recently reported than more »
- James Rainey
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