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Rhys Ifans To Star In Dylan Thomas Film ‘Dominion’

5 May 2014 11:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Versatile Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has played everything from Peter Cook in Not Only But Always to a rampaging lizard in The Amazing Spider-man. But his latest role will see him returning to his roots as he portrays Dylan Thomas in a new independent biopic about the poet’s final days.

Co-starring John Malkovich, Dominion is set in 1950s New York, where Thomas spent a lot of time in a local pub. Known for liking a drink, the charismatic Ifans appears to be the perfect fit here. Also featuring will be Diego Luna (Elysium) and Zosia Mamet (David Mamet’s daughter and star of Girls).  Presumably being made to mark 100 years since Thomas’s birth, this will be one of various celebratory projects, which include the TV drama A Poet In New York with Tom Hollander (Rev, About Time).

Ifans is generally on the unsung side of movie stardom and »

- Steve Palace

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Tessa Ross to leave Film4

26 March 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Long-time Film4 head Tessa Ross is stepping down from her role later this year to become chief executive of the National Theatre.

Ross will remain in the post until September 2014, and will stay on as chair of the Growth Fund Advisory Council.

She has been on the board of the prestigious Theatre for the past three years.

Her 13-year tenure at the broadcaster began in 2000. She became Head of Film4 in 2003, followed by her current position of Controller of Film and Drama in 2008.

Her exit follows deputy head of film Katherine Butler’s departure from Film4 in January.

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham will look to fill Ross’ role in the next months.

Abraham said: “Tessa has made as big a contribution to Channel 4 as anyone in its history. I would like to personally thank her for her extraordinary commitment, talent and leadership over 13 remarkable years. I am looking forward to working with her over »

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