8 items from 2013
John Fortune has died at the age of 74.
Fortune's agent Vivienne Clore said: "It is with great sadness that I write of the death of John Fortune this morning aged 74.
"He died peacefully with his wife, Emma and dog Grizelle, at his bedside.
"He is survived by his adored wife, Emma and three children."
Fortune met Bird while studying at King's College, Cambridge and »
He was the boy who brought Harry Potter to life – and feared he'd killed his own career in the process. Daniel Radcliffe talks about hairy legs, growing up in the spotlight, and why he never watches the films that made him famous
Daniel Radcliffe says he has just been called a national treasure, and it has left him discombobulated. He has a point: most people his age have barely started out. But here he is, at 24, more than half his life spent in the business, 16 movies behind him, eight of them Harry Potter blockbusters. It feels as if he's been with us for ever.
The funny thing is, apart from the fags and the facial hair, he doesn't really look any different from the speccy schoolboy wizard who made his screen debut in 2001. Yet over the past half-dozen years, he has done everything he possibly could to distinguish himself from »
- Simon Hattenstone
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis, Irish Dreamtime’s Beau St. Clair and Envision Entertainment’s Grant Cramer announced today that they’ve joined forces to produce the sophisticated romantic comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman. To be directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens In Vegas, Starter For Ten), the film stars Pierce Brosnan (The Thomas Crown Affair), Jessica Alba (Sin City) and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), and was written by Brit Matthew Newman.
The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson has come on board to handle international rights for the picture and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. In the film Pierce Brosnan stars as a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Kristin Scott Thomas, and is forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get Jessica Alba, her graduate student stepsister, »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar-winning The Departed screenwriter William Monahan is in final talks to script a big screen adaptation of new John le Carre spy novel A Delicate Truth. The project is being produced by The Ink Factory and developed with BBC Films. The story focuses on the execution and aftermath of a counter-terrorist operation. Many of le Carré’s works have been adapted to the screen including The Tailor Of Panama,The Constant Gardner and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that all hit theaters in 2000s, with both A Most Wanted Man and Our Kind of Traitor in post-production, while Smiley’s People is still at the development stage with the...
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- Nick Martin
It has been a pretty good decade or so for John le Carré fans looking for the spymaster's works on the big screen. The 2000s have seen "The Tailor Of Panama," "The Constant Gardner" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" hit theaters, with both "A Most Wanted Man" and "Our Kind Of Traitor" in post, while "Smiley's People" continues in development. And now, yet another work by the author is making its way to the multiplex. "The Departed" scribe William Monahan has been tapped to adapt le Carré's upcoming novel, "A Delicate Truth." Set to hit bookstores in a couple of weeks, the story centers on the execution and aftermath of a counter-terrorist operation. Here's the book synopsis from Amazon: A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its »
- Kevin Jagernauth
John Boorman is the legendary British film director behind Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope And Glory, The General, The Tailor Of Panama and many more.As he has been recently awarded a BFI fellowship - which is currently showing a selection of his films in a special John Boorman season - we asked him into the podcast studio for an in-depth interview, and here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fascinating result.P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
Legendary British TV scribe Andrew Davies has been hired to pen a six episode TV mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic "War and Peace" for The BBC. The project is scheduled to air on BBC One in 2015.
The story will remain based in war-torn 19th century Russia. Many of the philosophical elements are expected to be left out, with the series focusing on the human interactions, romance and family conflicts.
Davies penned the adaptation of the original UK "House of Cards" mini-series and its two sequels, along with film adaptations such as "Bridget Jones' Diary," "The Tailor of Panama," and "Brideshead Revisited".
He has worked on numerous mini-series including 1994's "Middlemarch," 1995's "Pride and Prejudice," 1998's "Vanity Fair," 1999's "Wives and Daughters," 2002's "Tipping the Velvet," 2005's "Bleak House," 2007's "Fanny Hill," 2008's "Little Dorrit," 2008's "Sense and Sensibility" and 2011's "South Riding."
Source: The Radio Times »
- Garth Franklin
8 items from 2013
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