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Below the Line Bookings

25 November 2014 8:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. has booked production designers Rick Heinrichs (above left, “Captain America: The First Avenger”) on Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and Carol Spier (above right, “Pacific Rim”) on Hulu’s “11/22/63”; and cinematographer George Steel (“The Honorable Woman”) on BBC miniseries “War and Peace.” The agency has also booked production designer Joseph Garrity and costume designer Karyn Wagner, who both worked on “Cake,” on Bruce Beresford’s “Cook.”

Apa has booked editors Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods”) on Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange”; Alan Cody (“Black Sails”) on TNT’s “Lumen” pilot, helmed by Joe Johnston; Alex Marquez (“Savages”) on Netflix’s “Narcos” series, directed by Guillermo Navarro; and Andy Keir (“Crossbones”) on season 1 of We TV’s “South of Hell,” directed by Eli Roth. The agency has signed costume designer Christopher Lawrence (“Ray Donovan”) and first Ad Atilla Salih Yucer (“Rosewater”).

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Below the Line Bookings

25 November 2014 8:40 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. has booked production designers Rick Heinrichs (above left, “Captain America: The First Avenger”) on Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and Carol Spier (above right, “Pacific Rim”) on Hulu’s “11/22/63”; and cinematographer George Steel (“The Honorable Woman”) on BBC miniseries “War and Peace.” The agency has also booked production designer Joseph Garrity and costume designer Karyn Wagner, who both worked on “Cake,” on Bruce Beresford’s “Cook.”

Apa has booked editors Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods”) on Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange”; Alan Cody (“Black Sails”) on TNT’s “Lumen” pilot, helmed by Joe Johnston; Alex Marquez (“Savages”) on Netflix’s “Narcos” series, directed by Guillermo Navarro; and Andy Keir (“Crossbones”) on season 1 of We TV’s “South of Hell,” directed by Eli Roth. The agency has signed costume designer Christopher Lawrence (“Ray Donovan”) and first Ad Atilla Salih Yucer (“Rosewater”).

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- Peter Caranicas

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BBC Worldwide CEO Talks Deals

23 September 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fresh off a deal to acquire a 35 percent stake in U.K. production firm Lookout Point (Ripper Street, War and Peace), BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie on Tuesday night said his team could look at other purchases of or arrangements with British content creators. Lookout has done "a brilliant job," Davie said, adding that there are "a few" other companies like that. The head of the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC spoke at a London evening event organized by the Royal Television Society. But BBC Worldwide has "a very specific objective" of strengthening its position

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Bbcw buys stake in Lookout Point

23 September 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.

The move, which forms part of a renewed investment push by Bbcw, is its first major deal in a number of years.

Bbcw and Lookout Point, which has been involved in projects including BBC1’s Parade’s End and a forthcoming adaptation of War and Peace, have entered into a five-year distribution and co-production agreement.

The investment will enable the indie to grow its business and work more closely on existing Bbcw projects.

Lookout Point, set up by Simon and Justine Vaughan in 2009, has previously worked with Bbcw on a number of projects including Ripper Street and forthcoming Channel 4 adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.

Separately, Bbcw director of commercial and legal affairs Saul Venit will join Lookout Point as chief operating officer in November. Helen Jackson, chief content officer at BBC Worldwide, will become »

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Reykjavik unveils competition line-up

18 September 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Titles include Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear and Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma [pictured]; guests include Mike Leigh and Ruben Ostlund.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) has unveiled the 12 features in competition for the Golden Puffin award, reserved for first or second time directors.

They include Us drama Before I Disappear, from director Shawn Christensen, which picked up the audience audience at SXSW, where it received its world premiere.

Also in the running is family drama Villa Touma, from Palestinian/Israeli director Suha Arraf, which played at Venice and Toronto; and Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s Kebab and Horoscope, which debuted at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The competition line-up includes:

Villa Touma,Suha ArrafThe Lack, Masbedo (It)Age of Cannibals, Johannes Naber (Ger)Before I Disappear, Shawn Christensen (Us-uk)Bonobo, Matthew Hammett Knott (UK)Heimurinn, Iris Elezi, Thomas LogorrheicThe Council of Birds, Timm Kröger (Ger)I Can Quit Whenever I Want,Sydney Sibilia (It)Kebab »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Downton Abbey's Lily James confirmed for BBC One's War and Peace

11 September 2014 2:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lily James is confirmed to have joined the cast of War and Peace.

The Downton Abbey actress was rumoured to be starring in the upcoming BBC One series back in July.

"Yes, I'm doing War and Peace," she told Radio Times.

House of Cards writer Andrew Davies has adapted the Leo Tolstoy classic, which is a co-production between The Weinstein Company and the BBC.

The series will air on BBC One in 2015.

Paul Dano has also been rumoured to star as Pierre Bezukhov, the love interest of James's Natasha.

War and Peace is set in 1805 during Alexander I's reign, following five aristocratic families and Napoleon's invasion in 1812.

Lily James is currently attached to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and will also be seen in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella alongside her Downton co-star Sophie McShera.

Speaking to Digital Spy and others at the Downton Abbey launch, she said of McShera: "I »

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Google Doodle celebrates Leo Tolstoy's birthday

9 September 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

For your 186th birthday, you don’t get a cake: You get a Google Doodle. If you’re Leo Tolstoy, at least. The Russian writer was born 186 years today, and Google is celebrating his birthday with a Doodle featuring illustrations of his most famous works, including Anna Karenina and War and Peace.

Tolstoy published his first novel, Childhood, in 1852 and followed up with 1854’s Boyhood and 1856’s Youth to create a trilogy. A little more than a decade later, he published War and Peace, his most famous work. He didn’t just write novels, though: Tolstoy also published dozens of »

- Ariana Bacle

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Best of Late Night TV: Blake Shelton Throws Food, Gwyneth Paltrow Rejects Vanilla Ice (Video)

4 September 2014 1:09 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"The Voice" coach Blake Shelton stopped by "The Tonight Show" and played a round of Random Object Football Toss with host Jimmy Fallon, in celebration of the start of football season on Thursday night. The pair attempted to throw items through a target, with mixed results, mostly because the objects were so odd (and mostly food-related). A bowl of eight-layer bean dip ended up making the biggest mess, though unsurprisingly, it was also the most fun for Shelton and Fallon to toss.

Shelton sat down with Fallon to discuss the host's recent purchase of a truck, with the country crooner offering up some advice on how best to care for the vehicle. »

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TWC takes Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for Us

2 September 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Weinstein Company has picked up the Us rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.

Harvey Weinstein’s firm has secured all rights except theatrical in the Us for the Richard Curtis-penned 90-minute drama, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench and James Corden and will air this Christmas in the UK on BBC1.

The Weinstein Company has acquired the show from Red Arrow International, which represents the Endor Productions show.

Esio Trot, an adaptation of the children’s book written by Dahl in 1990, tells the story of a shy elderly man who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour while she lavishes all of her affection on her pet tortoise Alfie.

Red Arrow International senior vice president of North America Caroline Kusser struck the deal with The Weinstein Company’s president and managing director, Europe, production, acquisitions and TV, Robert Walak, evp of »

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Chain Saw Massacre and Eaten Alive Actress Dead at 64

7 August 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ actress Marilyn Burns dead at 64 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns, the one cast member who manages to survive Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s low-budget 1974 horror cult classic, was found dead on Tuesday, August 4, 2014, at her home in the Houston area. According to her manager, "she was found unresponsive by a family member." The cause of death remains unclear. Burns (born on July 5, 1950, in Erie, Pennsylvania) was 64. The Houston-raised Marilyn Burns began appearing in films in the early ’70s. She had a bit part in Robert Altman’s Houston-filmed Brewster McCloud (1970), starring Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, and Shelley Duvall, and was later cast in a supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s Austin-shot 1974 drama Lovin’ Molly; however, Burns was ultimately replaced by Susan Sarandon, reportedly remaining in the production as a stand-in for both Sarandon and Blythe Danner. Also in 1974, Marilyn Burns landed the »

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Lily James And Paul Dano Considering BBC’s War And Peace Miniseries

30 July 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In one of its most ambitious undertakings to date, the BBC is teaming with The Weinstein Company and Look Out Point to bring viewers a sprawling, six-part miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tome War and Peace. Now, the pieces are falling into place for the series, with word that Lily James and Paul Dano are circling lead roles in the project.

Offers have been sent out to James, a rising star known best for her role as Lady Rose MacClare on the PBS period drama Downton Abbey, and Dano, who has been quietly building a reputation as a skilled character actor with parts in Little Miss SunshinePrisoners and 12 Years a Slave, among others. Though neither actor has been confirmed yet, James would take on the lead role of Natasha Rostova, who falls in love with Pierre Bezukhov, an awkward and illegitimate son of a wealthy Russian nobleman »

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Casting: Paul Dano Eyes 'War And Peace,' Iggy Azalea Joins 'Fast & Furious 7' And More

30 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's probably not a total shock that a miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s doorstop "War And Peace" is being described as "the most ambitious event series ever made for the BBC." But it is interesting to see some of the actors being sought. Paul Dano and Lily James have been offered roles in the production, with the former eyed for "Pierre Bezukhov, the awkward illegitimate son who rises in society but leads a tumultuous life as he seeks to overcome his emotions" and the latter as Natasha Rostova, who falls in love with him. The plan is for this one to air in 2015 in the UK, so expect things to start coming together soon. [Deadline] Emile Hirsch has joined "Just Jim," the directorial debut of "Submarine" star Craig Roberts, who will also lead the film. The story follows "a teenage loser who life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, »

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Lily James and Paul Dano in talks for BBC One's War and Peace series

30 July 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lily James and Paul Dano are in talks to appear in the BBC adaptation of War and Peace.

According to Deadline, Downton Abbey star James would play Natasha Rostova, a role previously taken by Audrey Hepburn in the 1956 film version of Leo Tolstoy's classic book.

She falls in love with Pierre Bezukhov, who Prisoners star Dano is in talks to play - an illegitimate son who rises in society.

Award-winning writer Andrew Davies - whose recent credits include Mr Selfridge and Little Dorrit - is set to pen the six-episode adaptation.

Davies previously said of the project: "[It is] not just a great novel, it's a wonderful read and it'll make a wonderful serial.

"A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life. The characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with, and Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzy Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature. »

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Why It Doesn’t Make Sense for Weinstein’s TV Division to Go Public

3 July 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Imagine Harvey Weinstein having to explain his business decisions to Wall Street on a quarterly basis.

“I just don’t see it,” said media analyst Hal Vogel. “It would be fraught with friction considering he’s not known to be the friendliest of people when it comes to investors poking into his business.”

The Weinstein Co. is a well-established indie operation known for its acquisition, production and marketing chops, awards season campaigning and “the Harvey factor,” the gut instincts and naked aggression displayed by the company’s co-chairman when making crucial decisions on his projects.

On Wednesday the New York Times first reported that the Weinstein Co. was considering spinning off its television division into a public entity, the most recent news of a long-touted prospect. But analysts and bankers alike told Variety that possibility is incredibly slim with or without its namesake co-chairman at the head.

“They may be »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Why It Doesn’t Make Sense for Weinstein’s TV Division to Go Public

3 July 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Imagine Harvey Weinstein having to explain his business decisions to Wall Street on a quarterly basis.

“I just don’t see it,” said media analyst Hal Vogel. “It would be fraught with friction considering he’s not known to be the friendliest of people when it comes to investors poking into his business.”

The Weinstein Co. is a well-established indie operation known for its acquisition, production and marketing chops, awards season campaigning and “the Harvey factor,” the gut instincts and naked aggression displayed by the company’s co-chairman when making crucial decisions on his projects.

On Wednesday the New York Times first reported that the Weinstein Co. was considering spinning off its television division into a public entity, the most recent news of a long-touted prospect. But analysts and bankers alike told Variety that possibility is incredibly slim with or without its namesake co-chairman at the head.

“They may be »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Stalingrad Helmer Fedor Bondarchuk Snags Warner Bros.’ Greek Epic Odysseus

2 July 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The first big-budget Russian blockbuster, WWII epic Stalingrad, was an absolutely stunning visual experience, and when it became the highest-grossing film in Russian cinematic history, it seemed pretty clear that we hadn’t heard the last of its director, Fedor Bondarchuk. Now, it appears that Warner Bros. has recruited the helmer to direct its big-budget Greek epic Odysseus, which aims to turn the classic tale transcribed in Homer’s The Odyssey into an action-packed spectacle.

Bondarchuk, the son of Oscar-winning helmer Sergei Bondarchuk (who received the Best Foreign Film Oscar for his movie War and Peace back in 1968), made Stalingrad for around $30 million, and the flick went on to gross $66 million, setting records in Russia. It was also the first Russian movie to be shot in IMAX 3D. Despite Stalingrad featuring a huge amount of battle sequences, Bondarchuk kept the budget low by staging everything without the use of green screen or extensive special effects, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Drama Scribes Talk Cable vs. Broadcast at Variety’s Night in the Writers’ Room

11 June 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On Tuesday night, Variety’s annual “Night in the Writers’ Room” assembled an eclectic array of scribes from the worlds of comedy and drama for an in-depth discussion at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Variety TV critic Brian Lowry moderated the Drama Q&A, which discussed the challenges of ending a series, the appeal of cable over broadcast networks, and how platforms like Netflix have impacted the way writers construct their stories.

The drama panel participants included “Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley, “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims, “White Collar” and “Graceland’s” Jeff Eastin, “Mad Men” writer Erin Levy, “Elementary” exec producer Rob Doherty and “Pretty Little Liars” scribe Oliver Goldstick.

See Also: Comedy Scribes Talk Shop at Variety’s Night in the Writers’ Room

While the panelists’ work spans both broadcast and basic cable, they all agreed that a cable model of 13-16 episodes was far preferable to the »

- Laura Prudom

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E3 2014: New Dead Rising Dlc Available Now

9 June 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There was a little something for horror fans at this year’s E3, especially those who enjoy things a little campy. In a press conference focused on tongue-in-cheek fun, Microsoft revealed Dlc for the Xbox exclusive Dead Rising 3.

Falling in-line with the less than serious tone of the Microsoft outing, Capcom’s latest Dlc for the franchise makes fun of itself in its War and Peace of a title, Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition Ex Plus Alpha, a play on the company’s many Street Fighter 2 versions of years past.

Capcom is celebrating its 31st anniversary and is using the new Dead Rising Dlc to celebrate its history. Players can cosplay as characters from across Capcom’s storied past. From Street Fighter to Final Fight, players can expect a hellacious romp through touching nostalgia as they slay zombies while being transported to a time when Ryu ruled the world. »

- Scott Dell

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Report – War and Peace in Twenty Minutes of footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

5 June 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

HeyUGuys were among a select group of journalists who were shown five scenes from the highly anticipated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, effectively amounting to a twenty minute tease. The footage was introduced by Caesar himself, Andy Serkis (we’ll have our interview with the star up on the site next month), and the performance capture pioneer was also on hand to add context to each clip we were shown. Below is a breakdown of what we saw. Be warned:

Actual Big Spoilers Ahead.

Serkis revealed that Matt Reeves, who replaces Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt at the helm, wanted to come in to the story at a time “where the apes weren’t fully evolved, where you can still enjoy evolution”. To that end, Dawn takes place 10 years after the events of the first film – which ended with the outbreak of a virus, »

- Amon Warmann

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Iconic 'Russian Audrey Hepburn' Dies at Age 80; Starred in Only Russian/Soviet Movie to Win Palme d'Or

5 May 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Russian movie star Tatiana Samoilova dead at 80; known as ‘the Russian Audrey Hepburn,’ Samoilova was best remembered for Cannes winner ‘The Cranes Are Flying’ (photo: Tatiana Samoilova in ‘The Cranes Are Flying’) Russian film star Tatiana Samoilova, best remembered for playing the female lead in Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 romantic drama The Cranes Are Flying, died of heart complications at Moscow’s Botkin Hospital late night on May 4, 2014 — the day the Leningrad-born (now St. Petersburg) actress turned 80. Samoilova, who had been suffering from coronary heart disease and hypertension, had been hospitalized the previous day. The daughter of iconic stage and film actor Yevgeny Samoilov, among whose credits was the title role in a 1954 production of Hamlet and several leads in highly popular movies made during World War II, Tatiana Samoilova studied ballet at Moscow’s prestigious Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko music theater. Beginning in 1953, she took acting lessons for three years »

- Andre Soares

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