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'The Night Manager' firm hires former Film4 exec Anna Higgs

16 June 2017 4:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Ink Factory makes three hires.

The Night Manager outfit The Ink Factory has made three hires, including former Film4 executive Anna Higgs.

Higgs, most recently creative director at digital channel Nowness will join as head of story worlds and marketing. 

She will work alongside Emma Broughton, head of development. According to the company, Higgs will lead on strategy for building film and TV projects into immersive narratives across different platforms.

Based in London, she will also be tasked with growing the company’s in-house digital team and overseeing audience development and marketing functions.

Meanwhile, Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb both join Broughton’s team as script executives.

Gottlieb previously script-edited Hooten And The Lady for Red Planet Pictures, and was a story producer at Nutopia, script consultant for Euston Films, head of development at MakeFilm, and acquisitions assistant at Fine Line Features.

Johnston began work as a script editor on The Bill before joining Kudos where she »

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

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How Mark Hamill wanted to change Han Solo’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens death

25 May 2017 6:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One of Episode VII’s most important scenes comes towards the end of the picture when Kylo Ren murders his father Han Solo on Starkiller Base with Rey and Finn watching from afar. It was a tragic moment to be sure, and a pretty grim way to say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s much beloved and iconic character.

Well it turns out that Mark Hamill, whose own legendary character, Luke, was revealed in the film’s final moments, thought he had a better idea for Han’s death. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hamill explains in detail what he wanted to occur, with Luke and Leia to be present at the scene of the crime.

“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me,” Hamill explains. “So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. »

- Samuel Brace

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Spain Rebates Lure Productions From Abroad

19 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Thanks to the foreign shoot tax credits, especially on the TV side, Spain is a big hot spot now,” says producer Adrian Guerra. That seems almost an understatement. Luring big shoots is a big growth industry in Spain. But every region is its own story. Beyond Madrid, here are some of Spain’s key filming locales:

Canary Islands

With one of the most attractive tax systems in Europe, the Canary Islands have become a top shooting destination. Per industry sources, foreign shoots have spent some €200 million ($218 million) in Spain since 2015. Of them, the largest part has gone to the Canaries.

Last year, 14 feature films rolled there, including Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied,” Rodrigo Cortés production “Down a Dark Hall,” and Sony Pictures-Atresmedia’s “Oro.” Among TV dramas: Netflix’s “Black Mirror” plus BBC’s “Doctor Who” and “Silent Witness.”

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Spanish Broadcasters Bankroll Film Growth

Since 2015, the Canaries’ singular tax legislation has »

- Emiliano De Pablos, Jamie Lang and John Hopewell

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Spain Rebates Lure Productions From Abroad

19 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Thanks to the foreign shoot tax credits, especially on the TV side, Spain is a big hot spot now,” says producer Adrian Guerra. That seems almost an understatement. Luring big shoots is a big growth industry in Spain. But every region is its own story. Beyond Madrid, here are some of Spain’s key filming locales:

Canary Islands

With one of the most attractive tax systems in Europe, the Canary Islands have become a top shooting destination. Per industry sources, foreign shoots have spent some €200 million ($218 million) in Spain since 2015. Of them, the largest part has gone to the Canaries.

Last year, 14 feature films rolled there, including Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied,” Rodrigo Cortés production “Down a Dark Hall,” and Sony Pictures-Atresmedia’s “Oro.” Among TV dramas: Netflix’s “Black Mirror” plus BBC’s “Doctor Who” and “Silent Witness.”

Since 2015, the Canaries’ singular tax legislation has been offering a 35% tax rebate on foreign shoots’ spend — 20 percentage points higher than »

- Emiliano De Pablos, Jamie Lang and John Hopewell

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TVLine Items: Costner in Yellowstone, New Major Crimes Regular and More

15 May 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Kevin Costner is moving into Yellowstone.

The film actor will star in Paramount Network’s sweeping family drama series, written and directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario).

RelatedMTV’s Shannara Chronicles Moving to Spike TV for Upcoming Season 2

Costner — who previously graced the small screen in the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys — will play John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, an area constantly under attack by its neighbors: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first national park.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Jessica Meraz »

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FX’s ‘Trust’ Casts Harris Dickinson as J. Paul Getty III

15 May 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Harris Dickinson has been cast to play J. Paul Getty III in FX limited series “Trust.” Dickinson will play J. Paul Getty’s idealistic yet rebellious teenage grandson, who increasingly feels the burden of his famous name. He joins a cast that includes Hillary Swank as Gail Getty and Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty.

The 10-episode first installment of “Trust” is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. The series charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. His grandfather is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. Only »

- Daniel Holloway

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Exclusive Interview: James Cosmo discusses The Pyramid Texts

5 May 2017 2:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paul Risker chats with actor James Cosmo about The Pyramid Texts

“To be that man for those days that we filmed it and to go through that emotional journey was something that I’ll never experience again” reflects veteran screen actor James Cosmo on playing the old reminiscent boxer Ray in The Pyramid Texts.

In an empty boxing gym, Ray records a video for his estranged son, in which he looks back on his life, hoping to impart wisdom through his words. Written by Geoff Thompson, and directed by Paul and Ludwig Shammasian, the film merges Cosmo’s experience in front of the camera with the fresh voices the writer and his directors, for who this is their feature debut. It is not a truth conveyed by the film that impresses upon us that these these three fresh voices are experienced hands in narrative feature writing and filmmaking.

In conversation with Flickering Myth, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Mark Hamill would have had Luke and Leia present during Han’s death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

16 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During Star Wars Celebration on Friday, Mark Hamill had some very interesting comments regarding the amount of screen time for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, mentioning that he would have introduced the classic character much earlier as well as offering up a suggestion that would have upped the emotional ante of one of the blockbuster’s most emotional moments.

Speaking to Fandango on the red carpet of Star Wars Celebration, Hamill said that by introducing Luke earlier the character and Princess Leia could have been a part of Han Solo’s death sequence, stating that “We’re too late to save him, but (are) witnesses” and that it would “carry so much emotional resonance into the next film” if he and Leia were there alongside “two characters that have known him, what, 20 minutes?”

See Also: Mark Hamill on the end of the Jedi and whether Luke »

- Robert Kojder

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Mark Hamill voices Han Solo in Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

7 April 2017 8:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The folks at Bad Lip Reading have secured a very special guest for their latest video, as Mark Hamill channels his best Harrison Ford to lend his voice to Han Solo in the Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; check it out here…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day »

- Gary Collinson

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Why I love… actor Daniel Kaluuya

31 March 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

I like his smooth, dark brown complexion that glistens in all lights; his smile, which can flash from sardonic to warm; those soulful, expressive eyes

I hate horror films. I saw the 1996 classic Scream under duress: in a media studies class where critiquing it was integral to my final grade. I have a terminal case of the scaredy-cats, and I do not generally enjoy paying to be terrified. But as I heard more about new film Get Out, about a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family, I knew I’d have to bite the bullet. And listen: it was utterly, spine-chillingly worth it. One of the top reasons? Its magnetic lead, British actor Daniel Kaluuya.

Kaluuya, 27, was born in London to Ugandan parents. I remember first seeing him in Skins, playing charming idiot Posh Kenneth. It was a thinly-drawn character elevated by Kaluuya who went on to become a writer on the show. »

- Bim Adewunmi

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J.J. Abrams discusses showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to terminally ill fans

27 February 2017 2:21 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Throughout the lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens it was repeatedly noted, and rightfully so, that Disney and director J.J. Abrams made a touching decision to screen the film prior to the general public for terminally ill fans who would possibly unfortunately pass away by the time the monumentally anticipated next entry in the saga would be released to theaters.

This week, Abrams spoke to LAGoss regarding the decision (specifically referencing Daniel Fleetwood) and what it meant to him, saying: “He was one of a number of people who were tragically not going to live to see the release of the movie. It was very important to us that those who were reaching out to us, as much as we could – and we couldn’t get everyone of course – got a chance to see the movie even though it was unfinished. So there were »

- Robert Kojder

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Sideshow unveils Rey and Bb-8 Premium Format Figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

17 February 2017 2:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow has unveiled its Rey Premium Format figure which is based on the likeness of Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with promotional images for the upcoming Bb-8 Premium Format figure. The Collectibles are available to pre-order now, priced at $479.99 (Rey) and $284.99 (Bb-8) or can be bought as a bundle with a $40.00 discount; check them out below…

See Also: Force Friday II gives us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Standing 20 tall from the bottom of her sandy base to the tip of her trademark staff, this limited edition Premium Format Figure captures Reys likeness so perfectly that it is almost like a snapshot of a moment in time. The beautiful and thoroughly lifelike portrait of Daisy Ridley, with her determined expression and intricately sculpted hair, is utterly entrancing. Every piece of her outfit has been painstakingly »

- Amie Cranswick

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First Order Stormtrooper Egg Attack figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed

11 February 2017 2:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story figure reveals, we now have a look at Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom have now unveiled their Previews Exclusive Egg Attack action figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens which includes a Megablaster Heavy Assault Trooper and a Riot Control Stormtrooper; check them out here…

See Also: Star Wars 40th anniversary Black Series figures revealed by Hasbro

You’ll be able to build your own First Order army with these highly mobile Storm Trooper figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Artists designed both figures to be true to the film: they’re equipped with the standard First Order blaster pistol, as well as a repeating blaster. Both Stormtroopers come with removable vests and three sets of interchangeable hands for enhanced customization.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams »

- Amie Cranswick

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CW Takes Sky Adventure Series 'Hooten & the Lady' for U.S.

30 January 2017 2:17 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The CW has acquired Sky adventure series Hooten & the Lady for the U.S.

Sky Vision, the international production and distribution arm of Sky, unveiled the agreement Monday, saying that it marks its first deal with the U.S. network.

It wasn't immediately clear when the CW would air the action-packed Indiana Jones-style series. 

 

Produced by Red Planet Productions and written by such U.K. writers as Jeff Povey (Silent Witness) and Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy), the show has had one season consisting of eight hourlong episodes.

It follows the escapades of American maverick adventurer and treasure hunter Hooten, played by Michael »

- Georg Szalai

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Hot Toys’ R2-D2 collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens unveiled

24 January 2017 5:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hot Toys has released a batch of promotional images for its upcoming 1:6 scale R2-D2 collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; check it out the lovable astromech in all his glory here…

See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles

Hot Toys is excited to officially present an amazing 1/6th scale collectible figure of many fans’ favorite droid, R2-D2, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

The astonishing collectible figure features a highly detailed mechanical construction with weathering effects, meticulously crafted diecast metal dome, touch Led light-up functions, and remote controlled sound effect function featuring 12 iconic R2-D2 sounds!

Star Wars fans shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to add this stunning Astromech droid to your treasured collection!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2 »

- Amie Cranswick

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Inside No. 9 series 4 casting news; first image

20 January 2017 12:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 7, 2017

Filming is well underway on the fourth series of the brilliant Inside No. 9. Here's who to expect among the guest cast...

Series one and two of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's consistently inventive, continually surprising anthology strand Inside No. 9 have recently landed on Netflix UK, which will hopefully bring it to the attention of those who didn't catch it on the first run. If you're among them, then run, don't walk, etc. It's simply one of the best shows around.

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And thrillingly, more of it is incoming. Hot on the heels of the recently aired third series, filming is already well underway on a fourth, to comprise six new standalone stories.

As soon as there's a sniff of an official broadcast date, »

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Chewbacca tears off Unkar Plutt’s arm in deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

14 January 2017 2:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Have you ever wanted to see a wookiee pull someone’s arm out of its socket? Well now you can thanks to a deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees Chewbacca coming to the aid of Rey when she’s confronted by Unkar Plutt and Maz’s castle, and Unkar coming to realise that it’s not wise to upset a wookiee…

See Also: Carrie Fisher shines in recently released The Force Awakens deleted scene

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Gwendoline Christie »

- Gary Collinson

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