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London — Carnival Films, the London-based production company behind “Downton Abbey,” has appointed Danielle Dajani as its head of production, and Tara Cook as development producer, working alongside Phil Temple, who has been promoted and also serves as development producer.
Dajani joins Carnival, which is part of NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, from Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, where she was exec VP. Before Raleigh, Dajani was VP of international physical production and production finance at Walt Disney Pictures in L.A., head of production at Aramid Capital in London, and general manager of Village Roadshow Production Management in Sydney.
Dajani takes over from Kimberley Hikaka, who departs after nearly seven years at Carnival.
In the role, Dajani will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s productions across its U.K. and international businesses.
As development producers, Cook and Temple will be responsible for the origination, development and sale of Carnival’s upcoming U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Remember Taneleer Tivan, The Collector? That David Bowie-looking guy who appeared at the end of Thor: The Dark World and made a similarly fleeting appearance in this week’s crazy sci-fi blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy? Well, beneath the eccentricities, the mincing and the hairpiece of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was multiple award winning, Puerto Rican character actor Benicio del Toro, in his first big screen role since…well, we’ll get to that soon enough. It’s a bit of a funny turn for a man with an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award to his name – for the same movie, no less – and it got us to thinking how he’d gotten here.
Born to a couple of lawyers, with an older brother who went into the medical profession, del Toro was something of »
- Tom Baker
It's been nearly two years since we got a first look at the new drama Serena from director Susanne Bier (In a Better World). We're still not sure when the film starring Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will arrive in theaters, but we do have some new photos from the film, showing off the period sets, not to mention Lawrence and Cooper looking rather dashing. The film follows the Pemberton couple, Boston natives who create a 1929 timber empire in North Carolina, as their intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward a shocking reckoning. New photos below! New photos from Serena from production designer Richard Bridgland (more at The Film Stage): Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire) from a screenplay by Christopher Kyle (Alexander) adapting Ron Rash's novel of the same name. »
- Ethan Anderton
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Christopher Kyle
U.S. Distributor: Rights available
While we were expecting Susanne Bier’s latest, a return to English language filmmaking after her 2007 Halle Berry starring Things We Lost In the Fire, to bow in 2013, it looks like this will be pushed into this year due to the oversaturated Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper market. This was meant their first project together post Silver Linings, but it looks like we’ll have to be happy with American Hustle instead, this season. Meanwhile, Bier has been on a roll herself since winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with In a Better World. She’s several other irons in the fire currently, but look for this to be her next release. »
- Nicholas Bell
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