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Joanna Vanderham to star in BBC One's adaptation of The Go-Between

18 August 2014 4:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Joanna Vanderham has been cast in BBC One's The Go-Between , which will form part of its season of classic 20th century literature.

Vanderham, who has appeared in The Paradise, Dancing On The Edge and Banished, will play Marian Maudsley in the film. She will be joined by Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys) as Trimingham, Ben Batt (Shameless) as Ted Burgess and Maleficent's Lesley Manville as Mrs Maudsley.

Jack Hollington will play Leo Colston, the young protagonist of the 90-minute adaptation of LP Hartley's novel.

The Go-Between follows Colston as an elderly man as he pieces together his childhood memories. He does this with the help of his diary from 1900, which he wrote at the age of 13. The film then paints a picture of British life and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Vanderham said of her role: "I am so excited to have been »

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James Corden Rumored To Replace Craig Ferguson On 'The Late Late Show'

4 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

James Corden, a British stage and screen actor, will reportedly be taking over Craig Ferguson’s post at The Late Late Show.

James Corden Taking Over 'Late Late Show'?

It has not yet been confirmed that Corden, 35, will assume hosting duties on The Late Late Show, but a purported insider shared the information with TheWrap. Neither Corden nor CBS have commented on the rumor.

Corden is perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for his turn in The History Boys with Richard Griffiths and Dominic Cooper. He’s soon to be a more recognizable face stateside with a part in Begin Again starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, as well as the role of The Baker in the highly-anticipated feature film adaptation of Into the Woods, which hits theaters Christmas Day. He also starred as Paul Potts in One Chance.

On the small screen, Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, »

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The Weinstein Company To Release One Chance On Yahoo Screen Before It Hits Theaters

21 July 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ went on air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the famous operatic aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change his life from that moment forward.

Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini’s stunning aria, and the unlikely figure with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show’s three judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan – stared in awe at what they had just witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a standing ovation.

Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his »

- Michelle McCue

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Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

11 July 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]

Gary Oldman, who’s currently starring in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is in talks to star alongside Kevin Costner in Criminal. The movie »

- Lindsey Bahr

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More Sign On For Condon's "Mr. Holmes"

10 July 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of great British talent has signed on for supporting roles in Bill Condon's retired Sherlock Holmes drama "Mr. Holmes" at AI Film, Archer Gray, See-Saw Films and BBC Films.

Set in post-war England, the story sees a retired Holmes (Ian McKellen) troubled by both his diminishing mental faculties and the devastation he witnessed on a recent trip to Japan. The great detective attempts to solve the case that forced him into retirement.

Already announced are Laura Linney as Holmes' housekeeper Mrs. Munro and Hiroyuki Sanada as Umezaki. Joining them are Hattie Morahan ("The Bletchley Circle," "Outnumbered"), Roger Allam ("V for Vendetta," "The Thick of It"), Phil Davis ("Whitechapel," "Vera Drake"), Frances de la Tour ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "The History Boys"), Patrick Kennedy ("Boardwalk Empire," "Atonement"), and newcomer Milo Parker ("Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails") who will play Mrs. Munro's son.

Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the »

- Garth Franklin

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First Image of Ian McKellen in Bill Condon’s ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Further Cast Revealed

10 July 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” has started to shoot, with additional cast announced, and the first image released of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes at the age of 93.

The movie, which will shoot for seven weeks on location in London and on the south coast of England, also stars Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs. Munro.

Additional cast announced Thursday includes Hattie Morahan (“The Golden Compass,” “The Bank Job”), Patrick Kennedy (“War Horse,” “Atonement”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin”), Roger Allam (“Tamara Drewe,” “The Book Thief”), Phil Davis (“Vera Drake,” “Notes on a Scandal”), Frances de la Tour (“The History Boys,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), and Milo Parker (“Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails”), who plays Mrs. Munro’s son.

“Mr. Holmes,” which was formerly known as “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” is based on the novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin. It has »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mr Holmes' new cast revealed

10 July 2014 3:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cast is revealed for Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon.

As principal photography begins on a new Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen, the cast has been revealed as well as a change of name and a first image.

A Slight Trick of the Mind will now be titled Mr Holmes and filming will take place over seven weeks on location in London and on the South Coast of England, according to co-producers AI Film, Archer Gray, See-Saw Films and BBC Films.

McKellen himself tweeted the first image, which shows the actor made up and aged up to play Arthur Conan Doyle’s private detective aged 93.

As previously announced, Bill Condon will direct the film - reuniting him with McKellen after they made Gods and Monsters together in 1998 - and Laura Linney will play his housekeeper Mrs Munro. Linney worked with Condon on Kinsey in 2004 and The Fifth Estate in 2013 as »

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

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Fresh Meat's Zawe Ashton for new Channel 4 comedy drama Cut

30 June 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Zawe Ashton and Tom Weston-Jones are to star in Channel 4's new comedy drama Cut.

Cut will explore the lives of a group of civil servants who are forced to relocate from London to Northampton following government cuts. They must then adjust to their new surroundings and 'surrogate family' of colleagues.

Fresh Meat actress Ashton will star as Katherine, a divorcee with a troubled past. Her life is made even more difficult when she realises that the relocation will mean she has to work with Anthony (Weston-Jones), with whom she has a complicated relationship.

Sacha Dhawan will play Danny, a drink and drug fanatic who has found himself in the position of having to pretend to be a devout Muslim in order to keep his position. He is constantly led astray by Pa Angela (Jo Hartley), who is a terrible influence on him.

Sophie Rundle will play optimistic Jenny, »

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Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

4 June 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex's series looking back at the film careers of actors who've played the Doctor finishes with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi...

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Read the previous part in this series: the film careers of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, here.

By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.

Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »

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TriStar Productions And BBC Films Greenlight The Lady In The Van Starring Maggie Smith

3 June 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has joined with BBC Films to greenlight The Lady In The Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir.

Dame Maggie Smith, the star of the Downton Abbey phenomenon, will reprise one of her most-loved stage roles for the big screen, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner.

The film tells the true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Smith, who will play the singular Miss Shepherd, will be joined by Alex Jennings (The Queen), who will play both Bennett and, with some movie magic, his alter ego, Ab.

The film will be Hytner’s first directorial outing after ending his massively successful decade at the head of the British National Theatre. »

- Michelle McCue

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TriStar, BBC Films ready Lady in the Van

3 June 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October in London and the parties have earmarked release for the second half of 2015.

TriStar will distribute worldwide through the Sony pipeline while the BBC has taken the first TV window in the UK and made an additional investment in production costs. 

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore serve as executive producers.

Hytner and Bennett previously collaborated on The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions nascent slate includes Ricki And »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Maggie Smith for film adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van

3 June 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Maggie Smith is to star in the film adaptation of The Lady in the Van.

The play, written by Alan Bennett, is an autobiographical piece about an elderly lady who took refuge in the author's Camden garden and has been a hit in the West End.

TriStar Productions will partner with BBC Films for the movie, which will be written by Bennett and directed by Nicholas Hytner. The pair previously worked together on The History Boys.

The Downton Abbey actress will star as eccentric pensioner Miss Shepherd, who lived on Bennett's driveway for 15 years.

Meanwhile, Alex Jennings will play Bennett in the film, which is set to be released late next year.

Of the project, director Hytner said: "My collaboration with Alan Bennett has been at the centre of my creative life and this true story is perhaps his most compelling and remarkable.

"Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings are two of Britain's greatest actors, »

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TriStar Partners with BBC on Bennett and Hytner's 'Lady in the Van' with Dame Maggie Smith

3 June 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In Hollywood there are always exceptions to the rule. Like, women, especially older women, can't open or carry movies. So, in the face of such misinformed conventional wisdom, TriStar Productions' Tom Rothman is greenlighting "The Lady in the Van" with "Downton Abbey" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" star Maggie Smith, age 79. That's because Smith is an actress who wins Oscars--she has won two out of six nominations so far ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "California Suite"). TriStar won worldwide rights to "The Lady in the Van" in a bidding war. BBC Films will co-finance and take the first television window in the UK.   "The Lady in the Van" is playwright and screenwriter Alan Bennett's adaptation of the London hit based on his memoir, and reunites him with his director on the films "The Madness of King George" and "The History Boys," Nicholas Hytner, who makes his »

- Anne Thompson

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TriStar, BBC Films line up Van

3 June 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Nicholas Hytner will direct the story from Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his play about an eccentric woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. Alex Jennings will play both Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October in London and the parties have earmarked release for the second half of 2015.

TriStar will distribute worldwide through the Sony pipeline while the BBC has taken the first TV window in the UK and made an additional investment in production costs. 

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore serve as executive producers.

Hytner and Bennett previously collaborated on The History Boys and The Madness Of King George.

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions nascent slate includes Ricki And The Flash »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Maggie Smith Will Be The Lady In The Van

3 June 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After playing the same part in an acclaimed West End play version, Dame Maggie Smith has agreed to take on the title role in the upcoming adaptation The Lady in the Van. Based on the memoir by Alan Bennett, the film will center on a woman named Miss Shepherd (Smith), “an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years.”

Alex Jennings, known best for his roles in The Queen and Babel, is set to play the Alan Bennett character, while Nicholas Hytner is attached to direct. Hytner previously helmed The Madness of King George, The Crucible and The History Boys for TriStar Productions, which is behind The Lady in the Van. The studio’s founder, Tom Rothman, said of the project:

“‘The Crucible,’ ‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘The History Boys »

- Isaac Feldberg

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TriStar Productions Teams With BBC Films on Maggie Smith’s ‘Lady in the Van’

3 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has teamed with BBC Films to greenlight “The Lady in the Van” starring “Downton Abbey’s” Maggie Smith.

The pic is an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s West End hit with Smith reprising her role of Miss Shepherd.

The play was based on the true story of an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for the next 15 years. Alex Jennings will play Bennett.

Nicholas Hytner will direct from a script by Bennett. The two have previously teamed on “The Madness of King George” and “The History Boys.”

Damian Jones and Kevin Loader will produce, along with Hytner. Miles Ketley and Charles Moore will serve as executive producers.

TriStar won the film rights in a competitive situation and will distribute worldwide, with the BBC taking the first television window in »

- Justin Kroll

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Maggie Smith Will Be The Lady In The Van

3 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Director Nicholas Hytner and writer Alan Bennett have forged a fruitful collaboration through the years, particularly when they work together on Bennett’s stage plays. That has extended to cinema with The History Boys and the pair is looking to repeat the trick with an adaptation of The Lady In The Van, starring Maggie Smith.The actress, who has won a new gaggle of fans thanks to her caustic put-downs on Downtown Abbey, will reprise her role from the play on film, starring as Miss Shepherd. She’s based on a real eccentric who parked her van in Bennett’s Camden driveway and then lived there for 15 years. Hytner has Alex Jennings set to tackle the dual role of Bennett and his alter ego, Ab.The project, which has the backing of BBC Films and TriStar Productions, also features a reunion for the team that brought both History Boys and »

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BBC Unveil New Slate Ahead of Cannes Film Festival

14 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Though today marks the opening of Cannes, it’s one of the features that’s closing the festival which has since piqued our interests, as HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be at a special event hosted by the BBC, where they unveiled their new slate, with poignant drama Pride set to close the director’s fortnight at the prestigious, annual film festival.

That’s not all the BBC wanted to discuss, as Christine Langan, the Head of BBC Films, was thrilled to announce that they will be collaborating once more with Alan Bennett, reuniting the team behind The History Boys to bring us The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

Langan commented, “Our ambition is to be a creative hub enabling exciting British filmmakers to tell their stories. From Pride at Cannes through to today announcing The Lady in The Van with Alan Bennett, BBC Films »

- Stefan Pape

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National Theatre takes London Road

9 May 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Theatre’s first film investment is controversial musical about Ipswich murders starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman.

The National Theatre has acquired rights to Rufus Norris’ controversial musical London Road, the feature adaptation of its own hit stage play also directed by Norris.

The acquisition marks the first time the theatre has picked up rights to a feature film. The film was also the first invested in at production level by the theatre.

The distribution deal was in place from the early stages of production and agreed between the Nt, BBC Films and producers Cuba Pictures.

The film, written by Alecky Blythe, documents the events of 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy. Release is due in 2015.

A Cuba Pictures/National Theatre production, London Road is produced by Dixie Linder, and executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner and [link »

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

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National Theatre to distribute London Road

9 May 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Theatre’s first film investment is controversial musical about Ipswich murders starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman.

The National Theatre has acquired rights to Rufus Norris’ controversial musical London Road, the feature adaptation of its own hit stage play also directed by Norris.

The acquisition marks the first time the theatre has picked up rights to a feature film. The film was also the first invested in at production level by the theatre.

The distribution deal was in place from the early stages of production and agreed between the Nt, BBC Films and producers Cuba Pictures.

The film, written by Alecky Blythe, documents the events of 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy. Release is due in 2015.

A Cuba Pictures/National Theatre production, London Road is produced by Dixie Linder, and executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner and [link »

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

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