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Book Review – A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Ricky Church reviews A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre…

John le Carre has had a long career as one of the best spy thriller writers with stories like The Night Manager and The Constant Gardener, but he’s most famous for the creation of George Smiley from stories such as Call for the Dead and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy. Now he returns to one of his most famous works with A Legacy of Spies, a semi-sequel to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The story picks up years later and follows Smiley’s loyal colleague Peter Guillam, now an elderly man, as he’s put to blame for the past wrongs of the Circus, namely the deaths of agent Alec Leamas and civilian Liz Gold from Cold.

le Carre’s re-entry into the world of the Circus is pretty seamless. It’s been 25 years since his last Smiley novel,
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The Little Drummer Girl TV series on the way

Tony Sokol Nov 9, 2017

The spy beat goes on, as AMC rolls out John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl. Florence Pugh will star and Park Chan-wook will direct.

You can shake them, stir them or have them fill the minibar in swanky hotels like The Night Manager, but British spies never go out of style.

Emmy-winning partners The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC will reteam to adapt espionage master John le Carré’s novel The Little Drummer Girl. It'll be directed by Korean director Park Chan-wook in his TV debut.

Set in the 1970s, the six part miniseries will star Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as a “young, brilliant actress” who is getting ready for “her ultimate role” in the “theater of the real” against the backdrop of rising tensions in the Middle East.

“On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England’s bourgeois dreariness,
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Park Chan-wook and Florence Pugh Teaming Up for John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

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Park Chan-wook and Florence Pugh Teaming Up for John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’
Park Chan-wook isn’t done adapting English novels. After bringing Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” to the silver screen in the form of last year’s masterful “The Handmaiden,” the Korean auteur is now set to direct a six-part adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Little Drummer Girl” starring Florence Pugh.

Read More:‘Lady Macbeth’ Review: Florence Pugh Is a Persecuted Woman Who Takes Control In Powerful Dark Drama

The news comes courtesy of the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who adds that the BBC TV project begins shooting next year. Pugh has won acclaim for her lead performance in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” itself a literary adaptation; she’ll next appear opposite Liam Neeson in “The Commuter.” Le Carré’s novels have been adapted for the screen more than a dozen times, including the films “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Constant Gardener,” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Snowman In St. Louis

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) leads an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), CHLOË Sevigny (American Horror Story), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo NESBØ’s global bestseller.

For Detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district. From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones. Succeed, and they will
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Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams-Starrer “Disobedience” Acquired by Bleecker Street

Disobedience

Disobedience” has found a home following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival a few weeks back. Deadline reports that Bleecker Street snagged the U.S. distribution rights to the well-reviewed Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams-starrer about a forbidden romance.

An adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name, the drama sees Weisz’s character, Ronit, returning to the Orthodox Jewish community she grew up in after her father, a revered rabbi, dies. She left the extremely religious enclave in London behind for a secular life in New York City, and she’s not welcomed back with open arms. Already considered a black sheep, Ronit is the source of even more controversy when she rekindles her intense connection with a childhood friend, played by McAdams.

Weisz is among the film’s producers. Rebecca Lenkiewicz (“Ida”) penned the screenplay alongside the film’s director, Sebastián Lelio (“Gloria”).

No word on when “Disobedience” will hit theaters.

Weisz won an Oscar in 2006 for “The Constant Gardener.” Her recent credits include “Denial,” “Youth,” and “The Lobster.” McAdams received an Oscar nod last year for “Spotlight.” “Doctor Strange,” “True Detective,” and “Southpaw” are among her recent credits.

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams-Starrer “Disobedience” Acquired by Bleecker Street was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is Streaming Online For Free One Night Only — Watch

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Focus Features has been celebrating its 15th anniversary with special theatrical screenings of their most acclaimed titles, but they’ve also been streaming select titles on Facebook Live for one-night-only events in which movie lovers from all over the world can come together in a virtual theater and watch some movie magic. The last two Fridays saw “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Constant Gardener” stream for free online, and tonight it’s “Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Minds'” turn.

Read More:‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ TV Series in Development

Michel Gondry’s iconic 2004 science-fiction romance will begin streaming on Focus Features’ official Facebook page at 6pm Pt/9pm Et tonight. The film will only be streaming once and won’t be able for re-watching, making the stream a one-night-only opportunity to watch “Eternal Sunshine” for free online. If you have somehow never seen the movie, then consider this stream mandatory viewing.
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Jonathan Pryce to Play Pope Francis in Netflix Movie

Jonathan Pryce to Play Pope Francis in Netflix Movie
From Westeros to Vatican City, Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce will play Pope Francis in Netflix's The Pope. Joining Pryce will be Anthony Hopkins, who will play Francis' predecessor Pope Benedict.

Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener) will direct the feature, which is based on a stage play by Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten. He will also adapt the play for the screen.

The Pope follows the the election and resignation of Pope Benedict and the eventual election of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — later Pope Francis — becoming the first Jesuit to enter the papacy and the first non-European Pope in some 13 centuries.

Dan Lin...
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Smt Trailer Debut: ‘Victor Crowley’ and Fall ’17 Updates

(Aotn) Ok Smt heads, you know, you loved Hatchet. I mean Kane Hodder? C’mon… Well, this week’s surprise news about Victor Crowley, the upcoming sequel to the 90’s slasher crowd pleaser should have you beside yourself. Literally…

Check the trailer right here!

Dark Sky Films announced Thursday the release of Victor Crowley, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted tonight at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinema, shocking fans, celebrities, and industry professionals who gathered this evening to celebrate at an event coined as a “Hatchet 10th Anniversary Celebration.” Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films, Victor Crowley reunites Hatchet mainstays Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7 –X‘s Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow) for an all-new, horrifying journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou. In 2007, forty-nine people were
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Okja is a Devastatingly Beautiful Film [Review]

There’s a scene in 2005’s The Constant Gardener where Tessa (Rachel Weisz) and Justin (Ralph Fiennes) are driving through a Kenyan town and see a trio of impoverished villagers in need of assistance. Tessa insists they pull over and help out, but Justin denies her by saying, “They all need our help.”

Tessa snaps back with “But these are three we can help.”

The point being, the ability to identify every large-scale problem as a series of interconnected smaller problems is the key to getting anything of vague philosophical importance accomplished. Want to end world hunger? Start by feeding the next hungry person you see. Want to lose weight? Attached a shock collar that administers 50,000 volts every time you look at cheese fries.

In the ca [Continued ...]
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Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author

Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author
British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos (“Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”) and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will produce.

The project is based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1987 novel about the lives of immigrants who played a large role in the building of the city of Toronto in the early 1900s. The story focuses on romance and class conflict amidst the clash between immigrant workers and the ruling elite.

“In the Heart of a Lion” introduced the characters Hana and David Caravaggio, who were also in Ondaatje’s 1992 novel “The English Patient.” The Anthony Minghella adaptation of the novel won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche in the role of Hana.
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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'

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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'
Simon Beaufoy to adapt screenplay about immigrant workers in Toronto.

Serendipity Point Films, Film4 and Potboiler Productions are partnering on a feature version of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin Of A Lion.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer whose credits include 127 Hours and The Full Monty, will adapt the screenplay.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood are on board as producers on Ondaatje’s sweeping 1987 saga of love and class.

In The Skin Of A Lion takes place in Toronto in the early 1900s and chronicles the lives and loves of immigrant workers who built the city.

The book set the scene for Ondaatje’s The English Patient, which is regarded as a sequel of sorts. The late Anthony Minghella adapted that novel, which famously went on to win nine Oscars .

Serendipity Point’s recent productions include Barney’s Version and the drama Remember starring Christopher Plummer.

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Focus Features to Launch 15th Anniversary Screenings in New York, Los Angeles

Focus Features to Launch 15th Anniversary Screenings in New York, Los Angeles
Focus Features will celebrate its 15th anniversary with open-air screenings in July at Rooftop Cinema Club locations in Los Angeles and New York as part of its Focus 15 initiative.

The Los Angeles locations are the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood and Level in downtown. New York locations are Yotel New York in Manhattan, and OfficeOps in Brooklyn. The Focus 15 initiative also includes a London retrospective in July.

Montalbán screenings include “Brick,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Hanna,” “Eastern Promises,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” Level screenings include “Sin Nombre,” “The Constant Gardener,” “The Pianist,” “Beginners,” “Far from Heaven,” “In Bruges,” “Atonement” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Scheduled to screen at Rooftop Cinema Club at Yotel in New York are “Brokeback Mountain,” “Burn After Reading,” “Atonement,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Constant Gardener,” “The Pianist,” and “Pride & Prejudice.”

Titles playing at OfficeOps in New York are “Milk,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,
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Cannes: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Writer, BBC Films Board Carlos Acosta Biopic (Exclusive)

BBC Films is set to produce a biopic of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta from “I, Daniel Blake” writer Paul Laverty. Germany’s The Match Factory will handle worldwide sales on the project, titled “Yuli,” and introduce it to buyers in Cannes.

Currently in pre-production, “Yuli” will see the world-renowned dancer star as himself, with two younger Cuban actors playing him at earlier stages of his life. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Iciar Bollain, it is scheduled to shoot in Havana at the end of this year. “Yuli” marks Laverty’s fourth collaboration with Bollain, a relationship that started with 2010’s “Even the Rain.”

Inspired by Acosta’s autobiography “No Way Home,” the film tells the story of his rise from the streets of Havana to the heights of classical ballet, becoming the first black principal guest dancer at the Royal Ballet in London. The film will feature eight contemporary dance
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Ricardo Darin, Lucky Red, Morena join Asghar Farhadi thriller

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Ricardo Darin, Lucky Red, Morena join Asghar Farhadi thriller
Exclusive: Pedro and Agustin Almodovar exit movie set to shoot in August.

Two-time Oscar winner and festival favourite Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman) was due to fly into Cannes last night to take part in tonight’s 70th edition opening ceremony as a special guest and talk to buyers about his upcoming, currently untitled Spanish-language thriller.

Argentine superstar Ricardo Darin has joined Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the hotly anticipated project, which is due to shoot in Madrid from mid-August.

Darin is set to play Cruz’s husband from Buenos Aires in the family drama and psychological thriller which will explore how the kidnapping of a young girl leads to the unraveling of family secrets.

However, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Spanish outfit El Deseo are no longer on board to produce the movie.

The $12-13m project is now being made as a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with French producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy (producer of Farhadi’s The Past
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Film Companies Fight to Get a Piece of TV Drama Action

Film Companies Fight to Get a Piece of TV Drama Action
Movie world folks are increasingly migrating into high-end television drama, and many of the new series on offer at MipTV are the progeny of this cross-pollination.

Babylon Berlin,” which is screening at the market, is produced by X Filme and creatively led by filmmaker Tom Tykwer. X Filme’s Stefan Arndt says the same production team that created the $100 million “Cloud Atlas” put together “Babylon Berlin,” and he’d be happy to screen it in theaters because the quality of the performances and the production values are as high as their films. At the end of the day, he adds, viewers don’t care whether it’s a movie or a TV show they are watching as long as they are entertained and “surprised.”

Riviera,” which also screens at MipTV, is the creation of Neil Jordan, who nabbed an Oscar for “The Crying Game,” and an Emmy nomination for TV series “The Borgias,” and
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Lionsgate Drives into TV Drama Production in Britain

MipTV sees a host of recent entrants from the world of film making their presence felt in the television universe. One movie company that has expanded in this way is Lionsgate U.K., although its U.S. parent has a long and impressive track record in television with series like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Nashville.”

Lionsgate U.K.’s recent investments include a stake in Potboiler Television, a high-end TV drama production company set up by experienced film producers Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland”) and Gail Egan (“The Constant Gardener”). Lionsgate U.K. and European Office CEO Zygi Kamasa says one reason why film producers are well-suited to the high-end TV drama world is that they have experience in putting together financing for such projects.

“The film producers who have a lot of experience at putting together independent films – a patchwork of financing with gaps and tax credits, and
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Lionsgate UK backs 'Last King Of Scotland' producer

Investment in London-based Potboiler Television furthers Lionsgate’s burgeoning TV interests.

Lionsgate UK has taken a stake in The Last King Of Scotland producer Potboiler Television and signed a first-look deal for global distribution of its shows.

Potboiler was established by late film producer Simon Channing Williams in 2000, alongside The Constant Gardener producer Gail Egan and went on to join forces with Andrea Calderwood’s Slate Films.

With support from Lionsgate, the two businesses produced films including Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos [pictured] and John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man.

Lionsgate has now formally invested in the firm, which is yet to secure any TV commissions.

The deal extends the Us firm’s TV interests after it invested in Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired former ITV drama boss Steve November as its creative director of UK Television.

Calderwood and Egan said: “Lionsgate and Potboiler have similar entrepreneurial cultures and a shared
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Lionsgate UK backs 'Last King Of Scotland' producer in TV push

Investment in London-based Potboiler Television furthers Lionsgate’s burgeoning TV interests.

Lionsgate UK has taken a stake in The Last King Of Scotland producer Potboiler Television and signed a first-look deal for global distribution of its shows.

Potboiler was established by late film producer Simon Channing Williams in 2000, alongside The Constant Gardener producer Gail Egan and went on to join forces with Andrea Calderwood’s Slate Films.

With support from Lionsgate, the two businesses produced films including Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos [pictured] and John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man.

Lionsgate has now formally invested in the firm, which is yet to secure any TV commissions.

The deal extends the Us firm’s TV interests after it invested in Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired former ITV drama boss Steve November as its creative director of UK Television.

Calderwood and Egan said: “Lionsgate and Potboiler have similar entrepreneurial cultures and a shared
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Lionsgate backs 'Last King Of Scotland' producer's TV wing

Investment in London-based Potboiler Television furthers Lionsgate’s burgeoning TV interests.

Lionsgate UK has taken a stake in The Last King Of Scotland producer Potboiler Television and signed a first-look deal for global distribution of its shows.

Potboiler was established by late film producer Simon Channing Williams in 2000, alongside The Constant Gardener producer Gail Egan and went on to join forces with Andrea Calderwood’s Slate Films.

With support from Lionsgate, the two businesses produced films including Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos [pictured] and John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man.

Lionsgate has now formally invested in the firm, which is yet to secure any TV commissions.

The deal extends the Us firm’s TV interests after it invested in Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired former ITV drama boss Steve November as its creative director of UK Television.

Calderwood and Egan said: “Lionsgate and Potboiler have similar entrepreneurial cultures and a shared
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Lionsgate U.K. Takes Stake in Drama Production Company Potboiler Television

Lionsgate U.K. has continued to ramp up its investment in the television business, purchasing an undisclosed stake in Potboiler Television, the new high-end television drama company set up by Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland,” HBO’s “Generation Kill”) and Gail Egan (“The Constant Gardener”).

Lionsgate has also signed a first-look deal for global distribution of Potboiler’s television product.

The deal marks the latest step in the global expansion of Lionsgate’s television business. In the U.K., the company has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment, co-financed the Channel 4 comedy “Damned,” and hired leading ITV executive Steve November as creative director of U.K. television.

The investment in Potboiler Television builds on the relationship between Lionsgate and Potboiler Productions, which have collaborated on several film projects, including Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and
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