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Meryl Streep's Set to Sing Off-Key (& Other News)

22 October 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.

Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »

- Manuel Betancourt

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Top Ten Oscar Theater Movies Or (The Unexpected Hook of Birdman)

21 October 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For the concerns in some quarters that Birdman might be too cerebral or idiosyncratic for Oscar, I offer thisfoolproof rebuttal: It's about the theater!

Oscar has a long history of mad love for theater movies from early musicals which were often about vaudeville through biopics about theater giants and on to today's more playful genre hybrids. Even when the Academy doesn't fully commit to its latest greasepaint and footlights suitor, it will often give him a quick kiss in the form of a nomination or three.  Some examples: To Be Or Not To Be (1942 & 1983), Being Julia (2004), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), The Producers (1967), 42nd Street (1934), and The Bandwagon (1953). While it's true there are exceptions that they completely ignore (Stage Beauty, Waiting for Guffman, Opening Night) it's a subject matter that appeals to showbiz people and showbiz people like congratulating their own.

Oscar's 10 Favorite Theater Movies

Why didn't you include Cabaret, Black Swan or Chicago in this list? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant to co-star in Stephen Frears' biopic Florence

21 October 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Stephen Frears has lined up a pretty high profile pair of actors for his next biopic. Based on the life of socialite turned opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, Florence will star Meryl Streep in the title role with Hugh Grant as her significant other. Frears has become best known in recent years for his political films like The Queen and Philomena, but he also has a background in more comedic fare like High Fidelity and Mrs Henderson Presents. The story of Florence may not be one »

- Alex Maidy

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Stephen Frears to receive BFI Fellowship

7 October 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director of The Queen, Philomena and the upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic to receive honour at BFI London Film Festival.

British director Stephen Frears is to receive a BFI Fellowship on Oct 18, ahead of the close of the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and is the highest honour bestowed by the organisation.

BFI chairman Greg Dyke described Frears as one of the UK’s most important directors.

“Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike,” added Dyke.

Frears said he was “thrilled” to be receiving the honour. “I’ve spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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British Film Institute to Fete Stephen Frears with Fellowship

7 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Film Institute is to fete Stephen Frears with its Fellowship, the highest honor the organization can bestow.

The award will be given during the closing ceremony of the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 18. The Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television.

BFI chairman Greg Dyke said: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise — from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humor and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike. He is one of the U.K.’s most important directors and we are delighted to honor him.”

Frears said: “I’ve spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship.”

Frears made his name in TV drama, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Pop Idol: Zoe Birkett, Rik Waller - where are they now?

16 July 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We're not going to lie - when we found out that Zoe Birkett was entering the Big Brother house earlier this week, the Digital Spy office got very excited indeed. What a blast from the past - and how much the "little podgy kid from Pop Idol with the dreadlocks" (her words, not ours) has grown up in the last 13 years. But it got us thinking - what happened to the other contestants? We put on our deerstalker, pulled out our magnifying glass and started digging...

Series One

Korben

Korben, whose real name is Chris Niblett, now seems to be going by the hybrid Korben Niblett. He previously worked at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, but according to his LinkedIn page (oh yes), earlier this year he launched his own company, Evolve Beauty. Not so much of the singing anymore, then...

Rik Waller

Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now! »

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Patrick Wolf to Score Chris Colfer Pic about Noel Coward

16 June 2014 6:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — English singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf has attached to score B Good Picture Company’s film about the early life of Noel Coward, in which “Glee” star Chris Colfer plays Coward.

The pic is scripted by playwright Martin Sherman (“Bent,” “Mrs Henderson Presents”), and will be helmed by Joe Stephenson. Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast.

Wolf, who is best known for his use of classical instruments and electro-acoustic composition, has contributed to the soundtracks of such films as John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love” and Samantha Morton’s “The Unloved,” but this will be his first score.

“I am so thrilled for my first film soundtrack composition to be about Noel Coward’s early life. We both grew up in the same parts of South West London, and began our journeys onto the stage and into writing at the same precocious age, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison Join ‘Tulip Fever’

5 June 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Company has added Judi Dench and “Glee” star Matthew Morrison to the cast of historical drama “Tulip Fever,” set in 17th century Amsterdam.

It’s the 10th film that Dench has done for the Weinsteins. Dench will play the Abbess of St. Ursula’s, a rescuer of orphan children, and Morrison will play a drunken bohemian artist.

Previously announced cast includes Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis.

Justin Chadwick is directing from a Tom Stoppard script, adapted from Deborah Moggach’s romance novel. Ruby FilmsAlison Owen is producing the project.

Vikander plays a married woman who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The duo gamble on the tulip bulb market to raise money to run away together.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “I’m unbelievably proud to say that ‘Tulip Fever’ will be »

- Dave McNary

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Chris Colfer To Play Young Noel Coward In New Biopic

14 May 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Chris Colfer likes to keep himself busy! It has been announced that the Glee actor, author, screenwriter and Golden Globe award winner is set to play Noel Coward in a new biopic.

The film, which has the working title Noel, follows the early life and career of the famous playwright who penned such classics as Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit and Easy Virtue. Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are currently in talks to join the project too.

The project is written by playwright and screenwriter Martin Sherman, known for his plays Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents...while newcomer Joe Stephenson is set to direct. It looks like the film is already gaining interest to the bigwigs at Cannes Film Festival, so we can only hope it will be on our screens soon!

While Colfer has made a huge name for himself as one of the stars of Fox’s hit TV show Glee, »

- Lucy Cave

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Chris Colfer may lead Noel Coward biopic

14 May 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It’s been a big spring for Chris Colfer. Last week saw the debut of the first Glee episode he wrote — and now, according to ScreenDaily, Colfer has reportedly signed on to star in a Noel Coward biopic, tentatively titled Noel.

The film, which focuses on the life and influences of the famous British playwright — best known for his classic works Private Lives and Blithe Spirit – will be produced by Joe Stephenson with a script by Martin Sherman (Bent, Mrs. Henderson Presents). Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are also in are in talks to join the cast. »

- Andrea Towers

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Glee star joins Noel Coward biopic

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave in talks for biopic of UK playwright.

Glee star Chris Colfer is attached to lead cast in Noel (working title), the Noel Coward biopic scripted by Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents writer Martin Sherman.

Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast of the feature, which portrays the early life and influences of the famously flamboyant British playwright, producer and wit who penned classics including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and who worked on films including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

The project, which has already attracted sales heat for Metro International ahead of Cannes, will mark the second feature from British director Joe Stephenson, who recently completed drama Chicken, starring Yasmin Paige, Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins.

Producers are Stephenson with Julia Valentine (The Silent Storm). Executive producers are Colin Vaines, Jane Wright »

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

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Glee's Colfer joins Noel Coward biopic

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave in talks for biopic of UK playwright.

Glee star Chris Colfer is attached to lead cast in Noel (working title), the Noel Coward biopic scripted by Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents writer Martin Sherman.

Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast of the feature, which portrays the early life and influences of the famously flamboyant British playwright, producer and wit who penned classics including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and who worked on films including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

The project, which has already attracted sales heat for Metro International ahead of Cannes, will mark the second feature from British director Joe Stephenson, who recently completed drama Chicken, starring Yasmin Paige, Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins.

Producers are Stephenson with Julia Valentine (The Silent Storm). Executive producers are Colin Vaines, Jane Wright »

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

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What Were Hoskins' Best Films and Performances?

30 April 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »

- Andre Soares

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R.I.P. Bob Hoskins, 1942-2014

30 April 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bob Hoskins, the celebrated English actor who brought gravitas and a wicked smile to any genre he worked in, from crime thrillers like The Long Good Friday to fantasy comedies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Hook, died from pneumonia Tuesday. He was 71.

The actor claimed to have never taken any acting lessons – according to him, he was waiting at a theatre bar for a friend to finish an audition when someone gave him a script and said, “You’re next.” He scored the part at that audition and soon after, the short-statured Hoskins became a giant on the stage and screen, beloved by audiences around the world.

Hoskins appeared in various UK television series and mini-series during the 1970s, when he also found a calling on the British stage. However, the actor broke through on the big screen in the 1980s. His first major role was in the »

- Jordan Adler

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R.I.P. Bob Hoskins

30 April 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

British acting legend Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71. Hoskins' agent confirmed to the BBC that he died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family.

With over a hundred credits to his name across film and television, Hoskins announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His final films were British comedy "Outside Bet" and big-budget fantasy feature "Snow White and the Huntsmen".

Hoskins will be remembered far more though for his memorable turns in films such as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "The Long Good Friday," "Mona Lisa," "The Honorary Consul," "Brazil," "Hook," "Nixon," "The Cotton Club," "Twenty Four Seven," "Super Mario Bros.," "Last Orders," "Mermaids," "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "Unleashed," "Hollywoodland," "Doomsday," "Enemy at the Gates," "The Wall" and TV productions like "Pennies from Heaven," "On the Move," "The Lost World" and "The Street".

Hoskins had a dry sense of humor, famously »

- Garth Franklin

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Bob Hoskins: 8 great movie roles - Hook, Roger Rabbit, Mermaids

30 April 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bob Hoskins, the legendary British actor whose career spanned more than 40 years, has died at the age of 71. Hoskins passed away today (April 30) after contracting pneumonia. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 following a Parkinson's diagnosis.

Bob Hoskins dies, aged 71: Tributes pour in for Long Good Friday star

Hoskins leaves behind an eclectic selection of film roles, having worked with filmmakers ranging from Steven Spielberg to Stephen Frears. Here are eight of his more memorable big screen roles...

The Long Good Friday (1980)

Probably the greatest British gangster film ever made, Hoskins delivered an explosive turn as Harold Shand, a criminal looking to refashion himself as a legit businessman. John McKenzie's film has stood the test of time exceptionally well, having contemporary resonance in Shand's plans to rejuvenate the London Docklands to make way for the Olympic Games.

Mona Lisa (1986)

This Neil Jordan drama was the film that »

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Bob Hoskins, 'Roger Rabbit' Star, Dead at 71

30 April 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Actor Bob Hoskins, who appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Hook and Brazil, among other films, has died at age 71. He had been hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia, according to Associated Press.

A diverse résumé of roles varying from the Peter Pan pirate softie Smee in Hook to the ever-complex J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon – the latter of which earned Hoskins a Screen Actor's Guild nomination – made the British-born actor familiar yet unpredictable to moviegoers. Hoskins first caught critics' attentions in the 1980 gangster movie The Long Good Friday and the 1983 country-in-upheaval-themed Beyond the Limit, »

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Bob Hoskins dies aged 71

30 April 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

The British actor announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His agent confirmed to the BBC that he had died.

Hoskins was nominated for an Oscar in 1987 for his leading role in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, for which he won Best Actor at the BAFTAs and the Cannes Film Festival.

He had previously received BAFTA nominations for his roles in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven (1978), classic gangster drama The Long Good Friday (1980) and his supporting performance opposite Michael Caine and Richard Gere in The Honorary Consul (1983).

Hoskins also attracted awards attention from the Golden Globes, with nominations for his role in live action-animation hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Stephen FrearsMrs. Henderson Presents (2005).

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins passes away at 71

30 April 2014 5:57 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm hugely saddened to report that Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins -- the quintessential Cockney gent of latter-day cinema -- has passed away. Aged 71, he died in hospital following a bout of pneumonia. His wife, Linda, and four children issued a statement clarifying that the Londoner "died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family," and thanked well-wishers for their "messages of love and support." Hoskins' health had been declining for some time: he retired  from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His last screen role was in "Snow White and the Huntsman." After supporting roles in such films as "Zulu Dawn" and a BAFTA-nominated turn in Dennis Potter's TV landmark "Pennies From Heaven," Hoskins' film breakthrough came in his late thirties with the role of conflicted East End crime boss Harold Shand in the 1980 gangster classic "The Long Good Friday," which earned him another BAFTA nod. »

- Guy Lodge

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Fxx Orders Tracy Morgan Series, Renews ‘Always Sunny’ in Mammoth Pact with Rcg Prods.

4 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton and their Rcg Productions have closed an expansive three-year overall production deal with FX Productions that not only guarantees them two more 10-episode seasons of their cult comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” but also a series order for a half-hour comedy starring Tracy Morgan (which they are developing with “New Girl’s” Luvh Rakhe), several script deals, and a comedy pilot order.

Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton are three of the most talented comedy writers and producers in our business, not to mention very gifted actors. This deal is a testament to their skill, intelligence and work ethic, which combined to earn them one of the best overall deals in TV. Not bad for three guys who shot a pilot ten years ago for $200 and a few pizzas.” said Nick Grad, who, along with and Eric Schrier, is president »

- Whitney Friedlander

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