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Christine Langan exit: industry reacts

20 July 2016 6:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.

There have been warm tributes to Christine Langan as news broke yesterday of her impending departure from BBC Films to join UK production outfit Baby Cow.

Attention is also now beginning to turn to who is likely to be her successor and what plans the BBC has for its film arm in the long run.

“Christine leaves BBC Films in good shape,” commented producer Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures, who worked with the broadcaster’s film arm on titles including Quartet and The Invisible Woman, among other projects.

Pride producer David Livingstone noted Langan’s “incisiveness.”

“The thing I remember particularly about Christine is her giving very good notes about the final editing of the film (Pride). She was very clear and very precise, and with a light hand on the tiller,” Livingstone said.

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- (Geoffrey Macnab)

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BBC Films boss Christine Langan set to step down

19 July 2016 7:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philomena producer is to join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions.

Christine Langan is set to step down as head of BBC Films and replace Henry Normal as CEO of Baby Cow Productions.

A spokesperson for BBC Films told Screen the organisation “could not comment on speculation” but Screen sources have subsequently confirmed the departure, which was first revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Langan’s contract and a timetable for the exit are currently being ironed out but Screen sources have indicated that a late October departure is possible.

Langan, producer of Oscar winners The Queen and Philomena, will work closely with Baby Cow co-founder and actor Steve Coogan to shepherd the company through its next phase of growth.

Baby Cow co-produced Philomena, in which Coogan starred and co-wrote, as well as other Coogan vehicles including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, 24 Hour Party People and A Cock And Bull Story.

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Dogwoof takes Sergei Polunin doc 'Dancer' for UK

5 July 2016 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sergei Polunin ballet dancer doc is directed by Oscar-nominated Steven Cantor.

UK distribution outfit Dogwoof has pounced on Dancer, the documentary about ballet dancer Sergei Polunin from Oscar-nominated director Steve Cantor.

Referred to as ‘the James Dean of ballet’ Polunin is known as one of the most gifted dancers of his generation and was the youngest principal dancer ever at the British Royal Ballet. His performance in Hozier’s 2015 music video Take Me To Church earned him mainstream fame.

Emmy-nominated director Cantor is most noted for his 1994 Oscar-nominated documentary short Blood Ties. His other work includes documentaries chronicling a James Blunt concert in Kosovo (James Blunt: Return To Kosovo) and a feature about indie band The Pixies (loudQUIETloud).

Dancer was produced by Oscar-nominee Gabrielle Tana (Philomena). Executive producers include Christine Langan from BBC Films (The Queen), Carolyn Marks Blackwood from Magnolia Mae Films (The Duchess) and Henry Normal and Steve Coogan from Baby Cow (Philomena).

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Cannes: Remstar Buys Canada on ‘Ideal Home’ With Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan (Exclusive)

13 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Remstar Films has acquired all Canadian rights “Ideal Home,” a comedy with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan.

The pair star as a bickering couple, one a celebrity, the other, his more hesitant partner. When Coogan’s grandson shows up at their high class dinner party, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.

Andrew Fleming, who previously worked with Coogan on “Hamlet 2,” directs the film. Principal photography for the film began May 11th, 2016 and is currently underway in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Gabriella Tana (“The Duchess”), Maria Theresa Arida (“Arbitrage”), Aaron Ryder (“Mud”), and Remstar’s Clark Peterson and Maxime Remillard produced the film. Lisa Wolofsky of the National Bank of Canada is executive producing the film. Remstar Studios and the National Bank of Canada co-financed the film.

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and is actively selling the film at the market in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group »

- Brent Lang

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Sergei Polunin dances with his demons in first trailer for 'Dancer'

10 May 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: First trailer for film from Philomena producer, BBC Films and Steve Coogan.

Screen can reveal the stirring first trailer for Sergei Polunin bio-doc Dancer, produced by Oscar-nominee Gaby Tana (Philomena).

The “immersive personal portrait” charts the story of the prodigal dancer who took the ballet world by storm and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal.

However, at the peak of his success, aged 25, Polunin walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom.

The film, currently in post-production, includes the clip Take Me To Church, directed by David Lachapelle, which clocked more than 14 million views.

Steven Cantor, Oscar-nominated for short Blood Ties: The Life And Work Of Sally Mann, directs.

Executive producers are Christine Langan from BBC Films (The Queen), Carolyn Marks Blackwood from Magnolia Mae Films (The Duchess) and Henry Normal and Steve Coogan from Baby Cow (Philomena).

WestEnd is handling world sales and is showing the film to buyers at the »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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News Bits: Five, Cell, Alien, DC, Nw, Girlfriend

31 March 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Five Seconds of Silence

New photos have popped up from the London set of Brad Pitt's upcoming drama "Five Seconds of Silence". Filming the WWII flick alongside his co-star Marion Cotillard, the pair play secret agents who fall in love during a mission in North Africa. Robert Zemeckis helms the film which opens November 23rd. [Source: Access Hollywood]


Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the sci-fi thriller "Cell" based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Shot back in 2014, it was originally to be released by Clarius Entertainment who later dropped the film.

Tod 'Kip' Williams helms the film about a struggling graphic artist (John Cusack) who bands together with a small group of people to trek across New England to reunite with his son after a mysterious cellphone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals. Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach also stars. »

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Meryl Streep Stars In First Trailer For Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins

18 February 2016 5:49 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Here’s the terrific first trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins with Hugh Grant as her partner St Clair Bayfield.

The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer.

The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere. The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. The film’s supporting cast members include Simon Helberg »

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Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan To Star In An Ideal Home

13 February 2016 8:19 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Paul Rudd (Ant-man, Anchorman 1 & 2) and Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena) are set to star in drama/comedy An Ideal Home written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft).

In pre-production, Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada are co- financing the film, which is being produced by Gabriella Tana (Philomena, The Duchess), Maria Theresa Arida (Arbitrage, City Island), Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder (Founder, Mud). Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky are executive producing the film.

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and sales at the European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping Us rights.

Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan) are a bickering couple with an extravagant life. Erasmus is a demanding, popular celebrity, and Paul is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go, »

- Michelle McCue

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