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James Norton joins BBC One series 'McMafia'

4 August 2016 5:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Happy Valley star will lead the eight-part series about organised crime in London.

James Norton, star of Happy Valley and War And Peace, will play the lead role in big budget BBC drama series McMafia.

The eight-part programme will be produced by Paul Ritchie and directed by Bastille Day (2016) director James Watkins.

Inspired by Misha Glenny’s bestselling book of the same name, McMafia will centre on a Russian family in London and will provide a look at the far-reaching influence of global crime. The writing team is led by Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini and director Watkins.

Norton will play the lead role of Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. When his family’s murderous history returns to threaten him and his girlfriend, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

The series is exec produced by Amini and Watkins along Misha »

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Silk Stockings

23 July 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It's in glorious Technicolor Metrocolor, CinemaScope and StereoPhonic Sound! Fred Astaire's final MGM musical gives him Cyd Charisse and a Cole Porter score, plus some nice Hermes Pan choreography. The script and Rouben Mamoulian's direction aren't the best, but the combined magic of the musical and dancing talent saves the day. Silk Stockings Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1957 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Randall Duell, William A. Horning Film Editor Harold F. Kress Original Music Cole Porter Written by Abe Burrows, Leonard Gershe, George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, and Leonard Spigelgass Produced by Arthur Freed Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

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On the Town?  The Pajama Game?  Damn Yankees?   The Warner Archive Collection's next musical up for the »

- Glenn Erickson

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Brian Cox: ‘My guiltiest pleasure? Liquorice. And cannabis’

23 July 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on kissing in an air-raid shelter, weight issues and best friend Billy Connolly

Born in Dundee, Brian Cox, 70, won an Olivier in 1988 for his Titus Andronicus for the RSC. In 2001, he was awarded an Emmy for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in the TV mini series Nuremberg; his more recent TV work includes Bob Servant Independent and War And Peace. His films include Braveheart, two Jason Bourne movies and Zodiac. He is currently filming Churchill, in which he plays the title role. He is married to the actor Nicole Ansari-Cox, has four children and lives in New York.

When were you happiest?

I’ve had a lot of happiness in my life: 1) the birth of my children; 2) getting into Lamda when I was 17; 3) meeting my wife; 4) and the renewal of our marriage vows and my 60th birthday.

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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The BBC announces six-part adaptation of Les Miserables

21 July 2016 11:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC and Weinstein TV announced that BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (War and Peace) has signed on to adapt Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables as a six-part drama.

“Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story,” states Davis. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War and Peace.”

Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Misérables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece”, adds Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC. “BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind War and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love. »

- Gary Collinson

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BBC Plans Non-Musical "Les Miserables" Series

21 July 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The BBC has announced that they are developing a new six-part mini-series adaptation of Victor Hugo's 19th century classic novel "Les Miserables" for BBC One and Weinstein Television. Much of the same team behind their recent "War and Peace" adaptation are also involved.

The new production is not based on the famed musical, instead writer Andrew Davies is going back to the original novel. He will go deeper into the original story of former convict Jean Valjean and chilling police officer Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said in a statement: "Andrew Davies' extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Miserables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind 'War »

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Weinstein TV, BBC team on 'Les Miserables'

21 July 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Six-part series will be adapted by War And Peace scribe Andrew Davies.

BBC1 has commissioned a six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic Les Misérables from the team behind War & Peace [pictured].

The 6 x 60-minute series will be adapted by War And Peace screenwriter Andrew Davies and co-produced by the drama’s producers Lookout Point and BBC Studios, in association with Weinstein Television.

Lookout Point first mooted the second Weinstein collaboration back in February after War And Peace closed with a consolidated average audience of 7.1m (24.3%).

The series will tell the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life, and his relentless pursuit by the chilling police officer Javert, against the backdrop of civil unrest in France.

The series was commissioned by director of content Charlotte Moore and acting drama of BBC drama commissioning Lucy Richer.

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BBC to make Les Misérables for TV with War and Peace team

21 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Producer Harvey Weinstein and screenwriter Andrew Davies on board for adaptation based on novel rather than hit musical

The BBC is to make a six-part adaptation of Les Misérables with the team behind War and Peace, including producer Harvey Weinstein and screenwriter Andrew Davies.

The new six-hour drama will be based on the 19th century classic novel by Victor Hugo, rather than the award-winning musical, and will air on BBC1.

Related: Andrew Davies: my Les Misérables will be nothing like 'shoddy farrago' musical

Related: Clive James: how did the BBC’s War And Peace measure up?

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- John Plunkett

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The Weinstein Co. And BBC Re-Team On Event TV Adaptation Of ‘Les Miserables’

21 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Having jointly conquered one literary classic with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the Weinstein Co. and BBC are re-teaming for an event TV adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. The six-point mini will be written by award-winning scribe Andrew Davies, who also adapted Tolstoy’s epic tale for TWC and the BBC. Davies will be working from Hugo’s novel, rather than the musical, to delve deep into the many layers of Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse… »

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Werner Herzog’s Way of Life: How He Makes a Living and Why He Teaches Filmmaking

15 July 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog is not your average film school teacher. A self-taught director, his globe-trotting adventures and chaotic man-versus-nature dramas are not the easiest projects to transform into a curriculum, but that hasn’t stopped him from giving it a shot.

Whether it’s through his Rogue Film School or, most recently, as one of the A-list instructors featured on online learning empire MasterClass, Herzog has no interest in teaching the technical elements of moviemaking. The German-born filmmaker, whose career includes epics like “Fitzcarraldo” as well as idiosyncratic documentaries such as “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”  wants to create what he calls “soldiers of cinema,” and the path to victory can be stoking his students’ appetites for experiencing life.

Read More: 12 Things I Learned at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School

He finds his lessons in obscure corners: Herzog touts Icelandic poetry for its ability to teach editing, and believes digging a »

- Dana Harris

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Big day for The Night Manager as it sweeps up 12 Emmy nominations

14 July 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC enjoys 22 different nominations including nods for Luther, Sherlock, and War and Peace

The BBC’s slick adaptation of John le Carré’s thriller The Night Manager has swept the Emmys, earning Tom Hiddleston his first nomination for his portrayal of the ruthless Jonathan Pine.

The six-part series, adapted by David Farr and brought into the world of modern warfare, was showered with 12 nominations, including best limited series. Hiddleston picked up a nomination for best actor in a limited series, pitting him against fellow Brits Idris Elba for Luther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.

Related: 2016 Emmys: the snubs, shocks and the show set to sweep the board

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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BBC Appoints Piers Wenger as Drama Chief

28 June 2016 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has appointed Piers Wenger, Channel 4’s head of drama, as controller of BBC drama commissioning, responsible for more than 450 hours of drama a year, including global hits like “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock.” Beth Willis replaces him at Channel 4, where she is his deputy.

Wenger’s new role is one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of TV drama, greenlighting shows that are then exported to the U.S. and around the world. BBC commissions include “Peaky Blinders,” “War and Peace” and “Call the Midwife.”

Wenger, who starts at the BBC in the fall, has been Channel 4’s drama chief since 2012, commissioning original scripted drama across both Channel 4 and its youth-skewed channel, E4. He has broadened the range of drama on the main channel and shifted the emphasis to include more returning series.

Indian Summers,” Paul Abbott’s “No Offence” and “Humans” were all re-commissioned for second seasons following strong »

- Leo Barraclough

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Harvey Weinstein On Brexit: “A Huge Mistake”; People “Voted Out Of Fear”

24 June 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Harvey Weinstein was in Cannes today for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival. The exec who has business dealings in the UK told me that he was “shocked” over Britain’s vote to leave the EU and predicted “discrimination” against some productions going forward. His War And Peace miniseries, made with the BBC, qualified as European and thus was able to meet Europe’s quota requirements. “It could be very costly in the movie and TV industry in terms of content branding,” he… »

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Harvey Weinstein On Brexit: “A Huge Mistake”; People “Voted Out Of Fear”

24 June 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Harvey Weinstein was in Cannes today for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival. The exec who has business dealings in the UK told me that he was “shocked” over Britain’s vote to leave the EU and predicted “discrimination” against some productions going forward. His War And Peace miniseries, made with the BBC, qualified as European and thus was able to meet Europe’s quota requirements. “It could be very costly in the movie and TV industry in terms of content branding,” he… »

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Finnish producers talk buzz titles including "'Mad Max' on ice" and 'Tom Of Finland'

16 June 2016 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Wendy Mitchell talks to four Finish producers headed to Edinburgh, which is hosting a territory focus on the Scandinavian territory this year.

As part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Finnish focus, four Finnish producers are headed to the festival for meetings and a panel discussion. The wider delegation also includes the filmmakers who have their current films screening in the focus.

Screen caught up with the producers about their new projects during a visit to Helsinki in May.

Helena Mielonen, Bufo Films and B-Plan Distribution

Mielonen runs the marketing department of Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari’s production »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Finnish producers reveal buzz titles including "'Mad Max' on ice" and 'Tom Of Finland'

16 June 2016 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Wendy Mitchell talks to four Finish producers headed to Edinburgh, which is hosting a territory focus on the Scandinavian territory this year.

As part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Finnish focus, four Finnish producers are headed to the festival for meetings and a panel discussion. The wider delegation also includes the filmmakers who have their current films screening in the focus.

Screen caught up with the producers about their new projects during a visit to Helsinki in May.

Helena Mielonen, Bufo Films and B-Plan Distribution

Mielonen runs the marketing department of Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari’s production »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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History remembers its name, begins Crusade series 'Knightfall' to keep 'Vikings' company

15 June 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For years, it seemed the History Channel was lost in the weeds. Despite changing their name to History, their shows were more “mindless reality TV binge watch” and less “did I just accidentally learn something?” An intellectual wasteland, Ancient Aliens was the closest you could find to an edutainment series on the channel from 2010 to 2013. Then along came Vikings, and everything changed. Vikings premiered to 6 million viewers — and while not 100% historically accurate, it was head and shoulders above History’S other offerings at the time. The success opened the door to programming like the limited-series Barbarians Rising and the recent remake of Roots. But until now, Vikings has been the lone History historical series, adrift in a sea of Mountain Men and Swamp People. This solitude ends when Knightfall joins the line-up. A new series from Jeremy Renner’s (yes, Hawkeye) and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall will follow the Vikings model of blending history and drama, only this time during the fall of the Knights Templar. One of the most mysterious and powerful orders of the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar were a military group entrusted with the keeping of the Holy Grail and — according to legend — knew secrets about the Church that could bring it to its knees. But they were also an order of men, with all the messy politicking and “mean-girling” that entails. Knightfall promises to go deep into the inner circle of the Knights Templar’s clandestine world. Not just the battles in the Holy Land, but the battles on the home front. Not everyone loved the Templars, leading to clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII. The latter of which would end in the disbanding the order on Friday the 13th, which is why the date is considered unlucky even now. Oh, look! The show hasn’t even started, and you’re already learning something. Production for Knightfall begins this summer in Croatia and the Czech Republic. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) was previously announced to star as Landry, a former warrior and current leader of the Knights Templar. But now the cast is fully in place and ready to return to the 12th century. From the press release: [Starring] Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, The Colony) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, as a child she was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templar Knights, but now in her early 20s, she lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Tudors) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Spartacus, Dominion ) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross (War and Peace, Blowing Louder than the Wind , Father of My Children) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist. We’re entering a new era. One in which History retakes the torch. It was up to Comedy Central, of all places, to keep the learning fires alive with Drunk History and Another Period. But now the original is back, and hopefully better than ever. »

- Donna Dickens

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Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie to star in A.A. Milne biopic

14 June 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast rounds on director Simon CurtisGoodbye Christopher Robin, from Fox Searchlight, Damian Jones and Steve Christian.

Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne with Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) on board as Milne’s wife Daphne in director Simon Curtis’ (Woman In Gold) upcoming biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin from Fox Searchlight.

Script is from Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and Lookout Point CEO Simon Vaughan (War And Peace). Damian Jones (The Lady In The Van) and Steve Christian (Belle) will serve as producers.

The film, first announced by Screen at »

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

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Roots Remake to Stream on Hulu

14 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

As part of a new deal with A+E Networks, Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming rights to History’s well-received Roots remake.

“We’re so proud to welcome such a culturally important and highly-rated series… to Hulu,” said the streaming service’s head of content, Craig Erwich, in a statement. Roots’ Memorial Day premiere drew 5.3 million total viewers, making it the No. 1 mini premiere on cable since A+E’s Bonnie & Clyde three years earlier.

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Us Briefs: Asc board votes for new president

13 June 2016 8:08 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers on Tuesday elected Kees Van Oostrum to lead the organisation.

This will mark Oostrum’s first term and the period will run for one year, effective immediately.

The Asc board also selected its officers, who include: Bill Bennett, Dean Cundey and Lowell Peterson as vice-presidents; Levi Isaacs as treasurer; Fred Goodich as secretary; and Roberto Schaefer as sergeant-at-arms.

Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to all episodes of A+E Networks’ Roots, which runs on History and just attracted more than 14.4m linear viewers across all telecasts in its premiere »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Romania mulls joining film tax incentive club

3 June 2016 5:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Romanian government is considering tax incentives to attract more foreign producers to shoot in the country.

Speaking at a workshop today as part of the Transilvania International Film Festival’s (Tiff) industry programme, festival president Tudor Giurgiu said that tax incentives were included in draft proposals for amending the Cinema Law.

These proposals were recently submitted to the Ministry of Culture and other government ministries as part of the consultation process “to create a more healthy climate for the film industry in Romania”.

They also aim to revamp and strengthen national film fund Cnc so it can play a more strategic role in the nation’s audiovisual landscape; identify additional sources of funding such as production, distribution and exhibition; make the decision-making process more transparent; and encourage more support for minority co-productions.

Alex Traila, a Cnc board member and Culture Ministry counsellor, said one crucial change to the funding procedure is to move from the existing »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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