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Exclusive: Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul (Nlp) is launching new venture Goldfinch Pictures Ltd, dedicated to supporting British films.
Goldfinch Pictures Ltd is setting up an Eis company that aims to raise $6.5m (£4m) from investors.
Goldfinch Pictures has been set up by Kirsty Bell, a film specialist and partner at Nyman Libson Paul. She will be managing director of the operation, which will support eight separate films over three years, all of which will be closely scrutinised and vetted by the expert panel, and have the appropriate approval from the Inland Revenue.
At the same time as launching Goldfinch Pictures, Nyman Libson Paul is putting together a number of smaller Seis operations aimed at particular sectors to include animation, ballet, Shakespeare »
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Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01
We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...
Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.
Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.
As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...
25. The Cable Guy
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According to Winter Is Coming, British actor Struan Rodger has been cast as the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven (a.k.a. the Three-Eyed Crow) in the currently-in-production fourth season of Game of Thrones. At this point, it's unclear whether he'll lend his voice to the raven, appear in human form, or turn up in one of Bran Stark's visions.
Rodger, whose credits include Kill List, Stardust, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Madness of King George, The Thick of It and Doctor Who, becomes the latest addition to the enormous ensemble cast of the epic fantasy series, with other newcomers for the fourth season including Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Tycho Nestoris, Joseph Gatt (Banshee) as Styr, Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Gangs of New York) as Mace Tyrell, Pedro Pascal (Graceland) as Oberyn Martell, Indira Varma (Rome) as Ellaria Sand, Michiel Huisman (Nashville) as Daario Naharis, Dean Charles-Chapman (The White Queen) as Tommen »
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Feature Simon Brew 28 Jun 2013 - 07:11
Ever watched a big movie, and stopped with a jolt when a star of a British sitcom pops up? Us too...
This feature is all the fault of the late Richard Marner. As the incompetent Colonel in 'Allo 'Allo, he built a performance that was indelible in our eyes. Thus, when he turned up in a big Hollywood thriller as the President of Russia, we unsuccessfully stifled a guffaw. A big guffaw.
And it got us thinking: what other times has a British sitcom star appeared out of the blue in a big movie, causing a sedentary double take from the comfort of our local Odeon? Glad you asked.
Two things. Firstly, this isn't designed to be a complete list, and also, we've covered films made after the actor or actress confirmed rose to prominence in a sitcom. Oh, and another thing: none of »
She's played the royalty several times, but according to some reports her recent public address may not have been in the Queen's English
Appearance: Regal; commanding.
What, just because she played a queen that time? She's played queens lots of times: she portrayed Elizabeth I in the TV series Elizabeth; she was Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George; and she starred as the current queen in The Queen. She's now appearing on stage, again as Elizabeth II, in Peter Morgan's play The Audience.
A play about the audience? How modern. It's actually about the Queen's weekly audience with a series of prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.
Ok, so she's good at pretending to be imperious. That's just acting. Not entirely, it would seem.
Why? What's she done? She complained, in no uncertain terms, about a distracting noise during her performance.
People crinkling sweet wrappers, »
If you're a fan of fashion on film, this new Tumblr will be right up your catwalk. Recycled Movie Costumes tracks where famous dresses and accessories have been reused in different films over the ages. Of course, many of these reusable costumes are created for period films or shows, especially since they're time-consuming and expensive to make. For example, costumer designer Alexandra Byrne created an Elizabethan gown that's been used in five different productions, including a commercial with "Downton Abbey" actress Michelle Dockery. It looks like "The Tudors" and "Abbey" are popping up the most on this site so far, but some of the cool costume-spottings are as varied as Annie Lenox's video for the song "Walking on Broken Glass" to Beyonce's decadent costume for a TV commercial. The one in the picture above (you can see a bigger version below) depicts Kate Winslet wearing a coat in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic. »
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Dame Helen Mirren's husband 'can't believe' she is portraying Queen Elizabeth again. The Oscar-winning actress appears as the British monarch in forthcoming London stage show 'The Audience' and director Taylor Hackford is stunned she is taking on another regal role following her 2006 portrayal of the same royal in 'The Queen', the titular monarch in 2005 TV drama 'Elizabeth I', and Queen Charlotte in 'The Madness of King George'. Taylor told the New York Post newspaper: 'Can you believe it? I can't believe it. She's again playing the queen! 'It's on stage. A play called 'The Audience,' which opens at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End. 'Peter Morgan, who wrote that film for which she won the Oscar, »
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