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TriStar Productions And BBC Films Greenlight The Lady In The Van Starring Maggie Smith

3 June 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has joined with BBC Films to greenlight The Lady In The Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir.

Dame Maggie Smith, the star of the Downton Abbey phenomenon, will reprise one of her most-loved stage roles for the big screen, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner.

The film tells the true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Smith, who will play the singular Miss Shepherd, will be joined by Alex Jennings (The Queen), who will play both Bennett and, with some movie magic, his alter ego, Ab.

The film will be Hytner’s first directorial outing after ending his massively successful decade at the head of the British National Theatre. »

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TriStar, BBC Films ready Lady in the Van

3 June 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October in London and the parties have earmarked release for the second half of 2015.

TriStar will distribute worldwide through the Sony pipeline while the BBC has taken the first TV window in the UK and made an additional investment in production costs. 

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore serve as executive producers.

Hytner and Bennett previously collaborated on The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions nascent slate includes Ricki And »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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TriStar Partners with BBC on Bennett and Hytner's 'Lady in the Van' with Dame Maggie Smith

3 June 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In Hollywood there are always exceptions to the rule. Like, women, especially older women, can't open or carry movies. So, in the face of such misinformed conventional wisdom, TriStar Productions' Tom Rothman is greenlighting "The Lady in the Van" with "Downton Abbey" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" star Maggie Smith, age 79. That's because Smith is an actress who wins Oscars--she has won two out of six nominations so far ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "California Suite"). TriStar won worldwide rights to "The Lady in the Van" in a bidding war. BBC Films will co-finance and take the first television window in the UK.   "The Lady in the Van" is playwright and screenwriter Alan Bennett's adaptation of the London hit based on his memoir, and reunites him with his director on the films "The Madness of King George" and "The History Boys," Nicholas Hytner, who makes his »

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TriStar, BBC Films line up Van

3 June 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October in London and the parties have earmarked release for the second half of 2015.

TriStar will distribute worldwide through the Sony pipeline while the BBC has taken the first TV window in the UK and made an additional investment in production costs. 

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore serve as executive producers.

Hytner and Bennett previously collaborated on The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions nascent slate includes Ricki And The Flash »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Maggie Smith Will Be The Lady In The Van

3 June 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After playing the same part in an acclaimed West End play version, Dame Maggie Smith has agreed to take on the title role in the upcoming adaptation The Lady in the Van. Based on the memoir by Alan Bennett, the film will center on a woman named Miss Shepherd (Smith), “an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years.”

Alex Jennings, known best for his roles in The Queen and Babel, is set to play the Alan Bennett character, while Nicholas Hytner is attached to direct. Hytner previously helmed The Madness of King George, The Crucible and The History Boys for TriStar Productions, which is behind The Lady in the Van. The studio’s founder, Tom Rothman, said of the project:

“‘The Crucible,’ ‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘The History Boys »

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TriStar Productions Teams With BBC Films on Maggie Smith’s ‘Lady in the Van’

3 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has teamed with BBC Films to greenlight “The Lady in the Van” starring “Downton Abbey’s” Maggie Smith.

The pic is an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s West End hit with Smith reprising her role of Miss Shepherd.

The play was based on the true story of an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for the next 15 years. Alex Jennings will play Bennett.

Nicholas Hytner will direct from a script by Bennett. The two have previously teamed on “The Madness of King George” and “The History Boys.”

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce, along with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore will serve as executive producers.

TriStar won the film rights in a competitive situation and will distribute worldwide, with the BBC taking the first television window in »

- Justin Kroll

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Maggie Smith Will Be The Lady In The Van

3 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Director Nicholas Hytner and writer Alan Bennett have forged a fruitful collaboration through the years, particularly when they work together on Bennett’s stage plays. That has extended to cinema with The History Boys and the pair is looking to repeat the trick with an adaptation of The Lady In The Van, starring Maggie Smith.The actress, who has won a new gaggle of fans thanks to her caustic put-downs on Downtown Abbey, will reprise her role from the play on film, starring as Miss Shepherd. She’s based on a real eccentric who parked her van in Bennett’s Camden driveway and then lived there for 15 years. Hytner has Alex Jennings set to tackle the dual role of Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.The project, which has the backing of BBC Films and TriStar Productions, also features a reunion for the team that brought both History Boys and »

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National Theatre takes London Road

9 May 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Theatre’s first film investment is controversial musical about Ipswich murders starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman.

The National Theatre has acquired rights to Rufus Norris’ controversial musical London Road, the feature adaptation of its own hit stage play also directed by Norris.

The acquisition marks the first time the theatre has picked up rights to a feature film. The film was also the first invested in at production level by the theatre.

The distribution deal was in place from the early stages of production and agreed between the Nt, BBC Films and producers Cuba Pictures.

The film, written by Alecky Blythe, documents the events of 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy. Release is due in 2015.

A Cuba Pictures/National Theatre production, London Road is produced by Dixie Linder, and executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner and [link »

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

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National Theatre to distribute London Road

9 May 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Theatre’s first film investment is controversial musical about Ipswich murders starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman.

The National Theatre has acquired rights to Rufus Norris’ controversial musical London Road, the feature adaptation of its own hit stage play also directed by Norris.

The acquisition marks the first time the theatre has picked up rights to a feature film. The film was also the first invested in at production level by the theatre.

The distribution deal was in place from the early stages of production and agreed between the Nt, BBC Films and producers Cuba Pictures.

The film, written by Alecky Blythe, documents the events of 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy. Release is due in 2015.

A Cuba Pictures/National Theatre production, London Road is produced by Dixie Linder, and executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner and [link »

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

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BBC Films Unveils Lavish Film Slate Ahead of Cannes

9 May 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Before closing Cannes Directors' Fortnight with Matthew Warchus' "Pride," about gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher and starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming roster of star-studded films. BBC Films will continue their collaboration with playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett on the adaptation of his celebrated memoir "The Lady in the Van." This will reunite BBC Films with Bennett, Oscar-nominated in 1995 for "The Madness of King George," for the first time as a writer since "History Boys" in 2006. Starring Alex Jennings (as Bennett), "Lady" is based on his experiences with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a vagrant who lived in his driveway for 15 years, and it's directed by Nicholas Hytner. Director Pete Travis' "City of Tiny Lights" will also be produced by BBC Films. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, and written by Patrick Neate from his own novel, the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Nicholas Hytner to direct adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van

9 May 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

History Boys duo to reunite on film inspired by homeless woman who parked her Dormobile outside Bennett's home

The fruitful collaboration between director Nicholas Hytner and playwright Alan Bennett is set to continue, as the former is set to direct a film adaptation of Bennett's play The Lady in the Van, it was announced, on the same day that Bennett turned 80.

The pair have a long history of working together in the theatre, and Hytner, currently Director of the National Theatre, has previously directed two films based on Bennett's plays, The Madness of King George and The History Boys. He also directed the first stage production of The Lady in the Van in 1999, with Maggie Smith in the lead role. Bennett's play centres on his relationship with the eccentric Miss Shepherd, who lived in a van she drove into the garden of his Camden Town home in 1974. She died in 1989.

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Law Replaces Fassbender On "Genius"

25 April 2014 9:25 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jude Law has signed on to replace Michael Fassbender in the new drama "Genius" at FilmNation.

Based on the A. Scott Berg book "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius," the story centers on the life-changing friendship between iconic author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his longtime editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth).

Perkins discovered other famous authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars though it isn't known what role she is playing.

Michael Grandage ("The Madness of King George") is directing from an adapted screenplay by John Logan ("Skyfall"). Michael Grandage and James Bierman are producing and shooting is scheduled to begin this Fall in the UK.

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Jude Law Replaces Michael Fassbender in 'Genius'

25 April 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jude Law has signed on to replace Michael Fassbender in the new drama Genius. FilmNation announced back in November 2012 that Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender were set to star, but Michael Fassbender is no longer involved.

The project is adapted from the A. Scott Berg book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which centers on the life-changing friendship between iconic author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his longtime editor Max Perkins, who discovered other famous authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Nicole Kidman is also starring, although it isn't known what role she is playing.

Michael Grandage (The Madness of King George) is directing from an adapted screenplay by John Logan (Skyfall). Michael Grandage is also producing with James Bierman, with Tim Bevan serving as executive producer. Shooting is scheduled to begin this fall in the U.K.

Jude Law can currently be seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dom Hemingway. »

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Helen Mirren May Join Bryan Cranston In Jay Roach's Daltron Trumbo Biopic

14 April 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Between films like Hitchcock, The Last Station, The Madness of King George and The Queen, heralded English actress Helen Mirren has established a storied history of portraying historical figures with grace and gravity. So it's little wonder that she's been tapped to co-star in the upcoming biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Variety reports Mirren has entered into negotiations to appear opposite Bryan Cranston in the biopic, which will simply be titled Trumbo. Should she sign on to the film, Mirren would play wife Cleo to Cranston's titular protagonist. Surprisingly, this biopic that seems suited to rousing drama is set to be helmed by Jay Roach, best known as the director of Meet the Parents and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Dalton Trumbo was an accomplished screenwriter in the 1930s and '40s, penning pictures like the romantic drama A Man To Remember and the biopic The Flying Irishman. »

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Mike Bassett sequel in the works

17 March 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A sequel to Mike Bassett England Manager, the 2001 cult comedy, is planned to shoot later this year.

As teams prepare to head to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, England’s most notorious football manager is heading back to the big screen.

A sequel to cult comedy Mike Bassett England Manager will see the return of star Ricky Tomlinson back as the foul-mouthed Bassett. Director-producer Steve Barron will return for the sequel, titled Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, and is planned to shoot later this year.

This time, Bassett is brought in to the England camp as number two to the tactically brilliant German coach, Jorgen Mannstein, who has the England team playing like a dream. But not for long.

“Bassett was the last England manager to take the national team to Brazil. We reached the semi’s then, who knows what we could achieve this time?,” said Barron of Bassett’s return.

“I’m very »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Helen Mirren Twerks in Honor of Her Hasty Pudding Award (Video)

30 January 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Cambridge, Mass. (AP) - Helen Mirren has been honored as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, twerking as part of the traditional spoof roast on Thursday.

Mirren at first tried to sign the word "twerk," then let slip a curse word and danced. She said she's tried to twerk privately in her bedroom and having to do it in public was humiliating.

She also joked that being honored by Prince Charles as Dame of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace didn't come anywhere close to getting the ceremonial Hasting Pudding pot at Harvard. The festivities also included a parade.

Mirren, 68, won the 2007 best actress Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" and has been nominated on three other occasions. She also appeared in "Age of Consent, "Gosford Park" and "The Madness of King George."

She said she'd still like to play the powerful 18th century Russian monarch, »

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Dame Helen Mirren To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

28 January 2014 1:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dame Helen Mirren has been one of the best of our glorious British actors over the years, and so we’re very pleased to hear that BAFTA will be presenting her with the Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London on February 16th.

Mirren’s career began with roles in films such as Michael Powell’s Age Of Consent and O Lucky Man! However her breakthrough role came in John Mackenzie’s brilliant The Long Good Friday. She then continued to take on roles throughout the 80s including Excalibur and The Madness Of King George, for which her performance was both BAFTA and Oscar-nominated. Helen Mirren is also the only actor to have taken on the role of both Queen Elizabeth I and II on the screen, and it was her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film The Queen that »

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Dame Helen Mirren To Be Honored With BAFTA Fellowship

27 January 2014 6:26 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Helen Mirren

On Sunday February 16, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will present Dame Helen Mirren with the Academy Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Sir Alan Parker received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

John Willis, Chairman of BAFTA, said: “Dame Helen Mirren receives the Fellowship as one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation. Dame Helen’s incredibly successful career is testament to the determination, dedication and skill she brings to each of her roles. »

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Helen Mirren to receive Bafta fellowship

27 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor hails news of award as 'the greatest professional honour I can imagine'

Helen Mirren will be honoured with a Bafta fellowship at the annual awards ceremony next month.

Mirren, who has won four Baftas and been nominated for prizes on a further seven occasions, follows in the footsteps of Hollywood luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Bugsy Malone, Fame and Mississippi Burning director Alan Parker was handed the fellowship, the highest honour bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, at last year's ceremony.

Mirren said: "This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming."

Bafta chairman John Willis said: "Dame Helen Mirren receives the fellowship as one of »

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BAFTA to Present Helen Mirren with Fellowship

27 January 2014 1:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present Helen Mirren with its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London on Feb. 16.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA on an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Fellows previously honored for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Alan Parker received the Fellowship at last year’s film awards.

John Willis, chairman of BAFTA, said: “Dame Helen Mirren receives the Fellowship as one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation. Dame Helen’s incredibly successful career is testament to the determination, dedication and skill she brings to each of her roles. »

- Leo Barraclough

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