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Espionage Thriller ‘The Nine’ Ordered by Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa

Espionage Thriller ‘The Nine’ Ordered by Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa
Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa has ordered espionage thriller “The Nine,” produced by Emmy-winner Hilary Bevan Jones. It is the first drama Fng has commissioned in the region as part of its strategy to source, develop and produce original productions at a local level.

The Nine,” which is a working title, is composed of eight hour-long episodes. It is created by Matthew Parkhill (“Rogue”) and Simon Maxwell (“American Odyssey”), and written by them with Stephen Thompson.

The show, which is set in Britain, the U.S., Iran, Lebanon, and France, centers on Max Easton, an ex-spy, “who is brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son, only to find himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war and a conspiracy to profit from spreading chaos throughout the Middle East,” according to a statement.

Maxwell and Parkhill said: “We wanted to tell a story set against the backdrop of our dangerous and
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Weinsteins Board Dustin Hoffman Starrer ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’

Weinsteins Board Dustin Hoffman Starrer ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’
London — The Weinstein Company has taken all non-theatrical rights in the U.S. to Red Arrow Intl.’s “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directed the 90-minute film, which was commissioned by the BBC and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Girl in the Café”) at Red Arrow’s Endor Prods.

Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer (“The Vicar of Dibley”) adapted Roald Dahl’s story, which centers on Mr. Hoppy (Hoffman) and his ingenious plot to win the heart of his neighbor, Mrs. Silver (Dench), involving a cryptic riddle and more than a hundred tortoises.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “Roald Dahl is one of the most revered children’s authors in history, so needless to say we’re delighted to be on board with this project. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will
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David Yates nears deal to direct Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts

David Yates nears deal to direct Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts
David Yates is reportedly in talks to return to the Harry Potter universe to direct the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Jk Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with the story of Newt Scamander, but the film is neither a direct prequel or sequel to the Harry Potter movies.

Jk Rowling reveals new Harry Potter story online

The upcoming movie is set in New York roughly 70 years before the Harry Potter series, and will centre on Newt's supernatural adventures.

Yates previously directed four films in the Harry Potter franchise, starting with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

Video: Daniel Radcliffe on life after Harry Potter

Although no deal is secured yet for Yates to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet, Variety reports that the director and Warner Bros are close to an agreement.
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David Tennant Starrer ‘Escape Artist’ Goes Downunder

David Tennant Starrer ‘Escape Artist’ Goes Downunder
London — Red Arrow Intl. has sold Australian free TV rights to Sbs for hot BBC thriller “The Escape Artist.” eOne Hopscotch acquired the DVD and digital rights in Oz.

The three-part miniseries, which has attracted widespread praise from U.K. critics, stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Broadchurch”) as a defense lawyer who uses his talents to free the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, only to find that this puts his family in danger.

The show was written by David Wolstencroft, and was produced for the BBC by Endor ProductionsHilary Bevan Jones, who won a Primetime Emmy for “The Girl in the Café,” and Paul Frift.

“‘The Escape Artist’ has a fascinating premise with an exceptional cast and is a perfect fit for Sbs, where we are committed to delivering the best international dramas to our audience,” said Peter Andrews, Sbs head of network programming.

The drama has
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Bill Nighy Interview, About Time

About Time” marks veteran British actor Bill Nighy’s fourth project with director Richard Curtis after partnering on “Pirate Radio,” “The Girl in the Café,” and “Love Actually” where Nighy was first introduced in a Curtis role as a washed-up rocker. In this moving and engaging comedy, Nighy plays a father who can travel through time […]

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David Yates In Final Talks For ‘Scarface’ Helm Now Universal “Very High” On Script

Exclusive: There’s a ton of curiosity and criticism about Universal‘s Scarface reboot since both the 1932 Chicago bootlegging film and 1983 Miami cocaine-dealing versions were so iconic. Understanding that, the studio according to my sources has been refining the script with several screenwriters and drafts while keeping all names and details under wraps. “Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the director. This is before any conversations on talent or timing.” I’ve learned that the studio is in final talks with British director David Yates who directed the final four films in the Harry Potter film series (#s 5, 6, 7, and 8 from 2007-2011) – and in my opinion should have won some Oscar nominations for them as the franchise grew dark and interesting under his helming. Though he normally works at Warner Bros, Yates has been the subject
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All the world's a stage: Shakespeare biopic leads UK invasion of Us TV | Ben Dowell

The 'Downton Abbey effect' and favourable tax breaks have renewed American industry interest in British TV

"The British are coming" promised Chariots of Fire screenwriter Colin Welland at the 1982 Oscars. But now it's British television rather than film which is leading a Us revolution, with American broadcasters snapping up a host of UK dramas including a 10-part biopic of William Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare series, Will, is one of a series of deals unveiled this week at the Cable Upfronts – New York's annual springtime showcase to advertisers – and is emblematic of a renewed interest in UK TV drama according to its executive producer Hilary Bevan Jones.

Bevan Jones, whose work includes the Richard Curtis TV dramas The Girl in the Café and Mary and Martha, said new tax rules have made filming in the UK more attractive to producers. There is also a renewed interest in British drama from the Us and elsewhere in the world,
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Watch: Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn Battle Malaria in the Trailer for HBO's 'Mary and Martha'

Watch: Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn Battle Malaria in the Trailer for HBO's 'Mary and Martha'
This Sunday, HBO will premiere David Mamet's "Phil Spector," a fictionalized film about the real life trial of the infamous record producer starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren that's been attracting controversy from the family of murdered actress Lana Clarkson. And on May 26th, the premium cable channel has an even higher profile feature slated to debut -- Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. HBO's other upcoming original film "Mary and Martha," which will air on Saturday, April 20th, isn't as contentious or sexy as its compatriots. Directed by Phillip Noyce ("Salt") and written by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually"), the drama stars Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn as a pair of women who lose their sons to malaria in Africa and who then team up to fight the disease. Cue the inspiration and uplift -- Curtis is no a stranger to
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TV highlights 01/03/2013

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Live Athletics | Barenboim And Boulez At The Proms | Live Super League | Mary And Martha | Wild Arabia | The Mentalist | Duck Dynasty

Live Athletics

3.40pm, BBC2

Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage from the opening day of the biennial European Indoor Championships, taking place in Gothenburg for the third time. Team Gb's Olympic champion Jessica Ennis is set to challenge for pentathlon gold, the indoor title being one of the few yet to be claimed by her, with three other gold medals also on offer this evening. Armchair athletes looking for live action from the morning session can find it on the BBC Red Button from 10am. Mark Jones

Barenboim And Boulez At The Proms

7.30pm, BBC4

Daniel Barenboim's conducting of some of his favourite Pierre Boulez pieces was a highlight of the 2012 Proms, and those interpretations are collected here. Barenboim and Boulez have an association dating back nearly half a century,
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Red Arrow Takes Majority Stake In Hilary Bevan Jones’ Endor Productions

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Veteran producer Hilary Bevan Jones has been involved with such British TV shows as Blackadder, Cracker and State Of Play. In 2006, she won an Emmy for HBO’s The Girl In The Café, written by Richard Curtis – whose 2009 feature The Boat That Rocked she produced for Working Title. From 2006-2008 she was also chairman of BAFTA; the first woman to hold the position in 60 years. Her slate at Endor includes projects involving Curtis, Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry and Julian Farino. Endor is also producing William Boyd drama Restless for the BBC and starring Hayley Atwell. The acquisition of Endor by Red Arrow comes just ahead of the Mip-tv market, where Red Arrow will take over selling Endor’s programs and formats through its distribution arm, SevenOne International. Red Arrow group managing director Jan Frouman said: “We jumped at the chance to partner with a producer of Hilary’s stature, reputation and sheer likability.
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Emmys 2011: Who Deserves the Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama? Vote Now!

Emmys 2011: Who Deserves the Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama? Vote Now!
A pair of Emmy newcomers will face off against three prior winners and returning nominee in the 2011 race for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Versatile character actresses Michelle Forbes (The Killing) and Margo Martindale (Justified) enter the primetime Emmy fray for the very first time, while Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks (nominated for the second straight year) aims to get her first win by the end of the 2011 ceremony. Those women will be up against a trio of actresses looking to score bookends to their initial Emmys: Last year’s champ Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), as well
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This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II What else is there to talk about this week in movies? It’s all about a beloved literary character from books read by kids the world over and now brought to life in countless films, the latest opening this past Friday.

And if you think I’m talking about Winnie The Pooh you’re living in a cave.

Despite Disney’s pooh-pooh opening for the week’s only other wide release ,Winnie The Pooh, this week is all about the final, Final chapter of Warner Bros. gigantic film franchise , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of last November’s Part I, a very dark and somewhat convoluted affair that just seemed to drag out the Potter tale rather than expand it , but this finale is something else . a perfectly pitched emotionally satisfying way for the most successful franchise in
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Kelly Macdonald To Lend Her Big, Beautiful Eyes To Final ‘Harry Potter’

Oh Kelly Macdonald, you’re so pretty.

The adorable Scottish lass first caught our eye in “Trainspotting,” then with memorable supporting parts in bigger films like “Gosford Park” and “No Country For Old Men.” We really, truly fell in love with her, though, in her Emmy-winning turn in the 2005 BBC TV movie “The Girl in the Café.”

With her sweet, mousy voice she brilliantly juggled didactic monologues about world poverty with zingy lines such as, “If you don’t let me sleep on the couch, I’ll ring hotel security and accuse you of a sex crime.” Sigh.

Now Vanity Fair reports Macdonald will be reuniting with “Café” director David Yates and co-star Bill Nighy (a.k.a. Rufus Scrimgeour) in part 2 of series finale “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

The article doesn’t dish much on her role as Helena “The Grey Lady” Ravenclaw, one of the house
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Nighy "grateful" for 'Deathly Hallows' role

Bill Nighy has said that he is "grateful" to be involved in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. The British actor, who appears as the villain in this week's CG animated comedy G-Force, spoke to Digital Spy about his forthcoming role as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. "I thought I was going to be the only English actor not in Harry Potter," he joked. "I think they ran out of English actors and they finally had to turn to me. I've worked with David Yates, the director, on The Girl In The Café and State (more)
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Mirren crowned with Emmy for role in 'Elizabeth'

Helen Mirren, named best lead actress in a miniseries or movie for the title role in HBO's Elizabeth I, said she was fortunate to get such a great role. ... "When they called my name, I was so proud to be there with my mother," said Jeremy Piven, Emmy winner in the supporting actor in a comedy series category for his role on HBO's Entourage. ...Kelly Macdonald was named best supporting actress in miniseries or a movie for HBO's The Girl in the Cafe, and when she came backstage to face reporters she was still stunned and visibly shaken about her first Emmy win. ... "I am absolutely floored," Huff co-star Blythe Danner said of her second consecutive win in the supporting actress in a drama series category for her role on the Showtime drama series, which was canceled after two seasons. ... Greg Garcia and Marc Buckland arrived backstage with their Emmys for comedy series writing and directing, respectively, for the pilot episode of NBC's My Name Is Earl. ... Mariska Hargitay thought she already had it all when she gave birth in June to a son, August.

Curtis and 'Crash' Filmmakers Honored by Humanitas

Screenwriters Richard Curtis, Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco took home the top prizes for their "liberating" work at the annual Humanitas Prize awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Haggis and Moresco were awarded $25,000 for their smash hit movie Crash in the feature film category, while Curtis won the prize in the 90-minute category for his Bill Nighy-starring TV film The Girl In The Cafe, based on last year's G8 summit. Crash was hailed by judges "for its call to reach out with respect and compassion to all of our brothers and sisters." Former US vice president Al Gore won a special award for his documentary by about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. The Humanitas Prize honors work which serves to "liberate, enrich and unify society".

'Crash' wins Humanitas Prize for screenwriting

'Crash' wins Humanitas Prize for screenwriting
Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco, Richard Curtis and Greg Garcia were among the film and television writers honored Wednesday at the 32nd Humanitas Prize Luncheon. Crash writers Haggis and Moresco received the Humanitas feature film writing award for Lionsgate's Oscar-winning film and its call to people to reach out with respect and compassion to their fellow man. Curtis won the TV award in the 90-minute-or-longer category for HBO's The Girl in the Cafe which was described as a clarion call to universal concern. Both awards carried a prize of $25,000. Haggis joked that he was robbed of a Humanitas back in the 1980s when he was nominated in the children's television category, and he and Moresco praised the numerous writers in the room.

Pettyfer cast as boy spy in 'Stormbreaker'

Pettyfer cast as boy spy in 'Stormbreaker'
LONDON -- Alex Pettyfer, 15-year-old star of ITV's recent Tom Brown's Schooldays, was tabbed Wednesday to play schoolboy special agent Alex Rider in the upcoming film version of Anthony Horowitz's children's book Stormbreaker. Others set for the $43 million film include Mickey Rourke (Sin City) as a villainous businessman, Bill Nighy (Girl in the Cafe) as a spymaster and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as his assistant. Ewan McGregor will have a cameo as the schoolboy hero's superspy uncle. Other names in the cast include Alicia Silverstone, Missi Pyle, Sarah Bolger, Ashley Walters and Damian Lewis. Geoffrey Sax (White Noise) is directing from Horowitz's script as the film, produced by Marc Samuelson and Peter Samuelson, commences shooting July 3 on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The Weinstein Co. has North American rights while Entertainment Film Distributors holds U.K. rights to the film, which is also produced by Steve Christian of Isle of Man Film and Andreas Grosch of VIP Medienfonds 4 (HR 5/19). The U.K. Film Council's Premiere Fund, fueled by the National Lottery, has contributed to the budget. Capitol Films is handling international sales.

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