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Luke Treadaway to star in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

24 August 2015 6:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Treadaway to appear alongside Ruta Gedmintas in the adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling novel.

Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash Of The Titans) is to star alongside Ruta Gedmintas (Prowl, Help Point) in A Street Cat Named Bob, an adaptation of the James Bowen novel of the same name.

The true story centres on how Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

The production is set to begin a seven-week shoot in the UK from late October.

Director is Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) and the script was written by Tim John (Dr. Jekyll And Ms. Hyde).

Producer is Adam Rolston for his new venture Shooting Script Films in what will be the company’s debut release.

Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (The King’s Speech, Song For Marion, The Guard) are executive producers and financiers on the project.

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Restored 'Shooting Stars' to premiere at BFI London Film Festival

20 August 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Anthony Asquith’s 1928 film to get a new score from John Altman.

The BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has announced that its Archive Gala will be a new restoration of Anthony Asquith’s Shooting Stars.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive will receive its world premiere on Oct 16 with a new live score by John Altman, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning composer whose work includes Titanic and Goldeneye. The score has been written for a 12 piece ensemble playing multiple instruments.

Shooting Stars, first released in 1928, was Asquith’s first film as co-director and scriptwriter and is a drama set behind the scenes at a film studio.

Annette Benson (Mae Feather) and Brian Aherne (Julian Gordon) play two mis-matched, married stars and Donald Calthrop (Andy Wilkes) a Chaplin-esque star at the same studio, with whom Mae becomes romantically involved.

Chili Bouchier, Britain’s first sex symbol of the silent era, plays a key role »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Patrick Macnee 1922-2015

25 June 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A man who personified the epitome of the British gent across the world is gone. Patrick Macnee, who most famously played John Steed in The Avengers during the 1960s and ‘70s, has died at the age of 93.Born in London, Macnee was a school contemporary of Sir Christopher Lee, with whom he acted in several productions, then went to Eton College where he initially excelled before being drummed out for selling pornography to his fellow students and acting as a bookie. He enlisted in the Royal Navy and became a navigator on motor torpedo boats patrolling the English Channel and North Sea. His true acting ambitions would come after his military service: he began trying his hand in London, and worked on the stage, but the real boost to his career came when a friend offered a job in Canada. He began taking small, uncredited roles and extra work in »

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The Second Mother Movie Review

19 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta) Oscilloscope Laboratories Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Anna Muylaert Screenwriter:  Anna Muylaert Cast:  Regina Casé, Camila Márdila, Michel Joelsas, Karine Teles, Lourenço Mutarelli, Helena Albergeria Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 6/13/15 One of the better classic studies of social differences since George Bernard Shaw found an unspoken love between a professor and a sidewalk flower seller in “Pygmalion,” “The Second Mother” highlights the ways an allegedly liberal woman acts with condescension toward her long-employed maid.  More important, though, the often comic Brazilian film contrasts a maid’s affection toward her employer’s child whom she treats like  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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"She's All That" Remake On The Way

8 April 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Weinstein Company and Miramax are developing a remake of the 1999 teen movie "She's All That," itself an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's classic play "Pygmalion".

The film starred Freddie Prinze Jr. as a high school jock who makes a bet with his best friend (Paul Walker) that he can turn a shy art student (Rachael Leigh Cooke) into his high school's prom queen. Matthew Lillard, Anna Paquin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Usher Raymond and Lil'Kilm also starred.

The remake will follow a similar premise and is expected to be developed with more diverse leads in mind. The original film grossed more than $100 million worldwide.

Kenny Leon will direct and Tonya Lewis Lee will produce the film.

Source: The Wrap »

- Garth Franklin

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Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

24 March 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I. The Rattigan Version

After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?”  Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”

Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »

- Christopher Saunders

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The Most Elite Award Isn’t the Egot, It’s the Onk

4 February 2015 7:05 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Egot is great. There’s no denying that. It’s the American entertainment grand slam, and the rarity with which it’s earned (12 people) only adds to its elite status. Tracy Jordan was right. But there’s another award mash-up that’s so elite only one person has ever done it. That award combo is the Onk, and that person is George Bernard Shaw. Shaw is the only person to win an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, and he was offered a Knighthood for good measure. Shaw earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 for — as is the case with many recipients — his overall body of work up to that point, which included a healthy amount of vibrant novels and plays that explored the human capacity for hope within a twisting satirical viewpoint of social norms. The award came on the heels of his “Saint Joan,” a moving play based on the life of Joan of »

- Scott Beggs

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Theater Review: Brown Paper Box Co. Stages Pointed ‘Spike Heels’

29 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – If you can remember the 1990s outside of childhood, you are in the glow of middle age, so congratulations. The Brown Paper Box Co. theater ensemble takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear with “Spike Heels,” a relationship comedy centering on the co-mingling antics of two couples, with a slight nod toward George Bernard Shaw and the play “Pygmalion” (or its musical counterpart, “My Fair Lady”).

Play Rating: 3.5/5.0

The script of the play is a bit slight and histrionic, but the performances rescue those tendencies, especially the whirling dervish in the center of the action. The character of Georgie is an indecisive-yet-strong character, and is portrayed with exceptional presence and depth by the rising Chicago theater star Jillian Weingart. Flitting from man-to-man, and consequence-to-consequence, Weingart as Georgie becomes the glue which holds the flimsy scenario together.

Edward (Charles Azkenaizer) Encounters Georgie (Jillian Weingart) in ‘Spike Heels’

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