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Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Set for ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’

Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Set for ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’
Leading British actors Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave will head the cast of “Mrs. Lowry & Son.” The film examines the relationship between early 20th century British painter L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth.

To be directed by Adrain Noble, former head of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the film will shoot from mid-January in Greater Manchester and London. Production is by Geniuses Pictures in association with Moya Productions and Ipg Media in Australia. International sales are being handled by Robbie Little for The Little Film Company.

Known for his unique depictions of the industrial northwest of England, Lowry lived all his life with an overbearing, bedridden and depressed mother. He spent his days as a rent collector and his evenings at art classes, undeterred by his antagonistic mother’s criticism.

The screenplay is by Martyn Hesford (“Fantabulosa!”), adapted from his stage play of the same name. The producer is Debbie Gray (“Northern Soul,” “Maxine Peak as Hamlet,
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The Journey: McGuinness v Paisley and other odd movie couples

The Northern Irish politicians make an intriguing cinematic pairing, but there are even more fiery duos that film could fictionalise

Nick Hamm’s new film The Journey tells of the decades-long enmity, followed by the highly surprising friendship, between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as they laboured towards the Anglo-Irish agreement. It slots neatly into a favourite mini-genre of mine, mostly cornered by screenwriter Peter Morgan, who has made half a career of creating dramatic face-offs between real-life figures with diametrically opposed worldviews: Lord Longford and Myra Hindley (Longford); Brian Clough and Don Revie (The Damned United) and James Hunt and Niki Lauda (Rush). Other film-makers have taken up the format, too, in My Week With Marilyn, The King’s Speech and now The Journey.

Related: How Paisley and McGuinness's journey to peace ended at Venice film festival

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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations

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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations
Pilot for upcoming Amazon sci-fi costs $15m.

Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries has lifted the lid on what it is like working with Netflix, the famously secretive online giant which fully-financed the company’s £100m series about the royal family, The Crown.

During a Screen Film Summit session about high-end TV, Harries described the Svod service as “the most supportive and hands-off – while also being available – partner I have ever worked with.”

However, even after Netflix committed to the show during its first meeting with Harries, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry, it will not disclose to the producer how the series has performed on the service.

“We absolutely don’t know how it’s doing,” he admitted. “We have no indication on how it has done. I’m not sure they will ever tell us. I’ve asked them. We’ll have to wait to see its next trading results to maybe get a sense
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Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’

Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’
In his 1992 soccer-fan memoir “Fever Pitch,” Nick Hornby recalled his first exposure to one of the great Pelé-led Brazilian World Cup teams, writing: “Brazil ruined it for all of us. They had revealed a kind of Platonic ideal that nobody, not even the Brazilians, would ever be able to find again.” Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s English-language “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” which dramatizes the star player’s first World Cup triumph, tries its best to visually convey just how revolutionary Pele’s arrival on the scene must have felt, but it’s continually hamstrung by an uninspiring, ultra-traditionalist narrative.

Shot in vivid color by “Black Swan” d.p. Matthew Libatique, with skillful editing and a rousingly rhythmic score from A.R. Rahman, the film nonetheless tackles the soccer legend’s early life with all the stolidness of an old-school bootstrap melodrama, yet its younger target audience should be able to appreciate the flash,
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Best Royal Movies

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation by Cecil Beaton

This week marks the 90th birthday of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official birthday on the second Saturday in June. (Trooping of the Colours)

She is the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regent in world history.

Looking to celebrate her Majesty’s birthday? First, everyone rise for the national anthem of the United Kingdom.

God save our gracious Queen!

Long live our noble Queen!

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the Queen!

For more on the Queen’s schedule, visit the official site: www.
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The Danish Girl movie review: sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

Safe, conventional, and not particularly sympathetic to women, cis or trans. Mistakes the external signifiers of femininity with actually being a woman. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Lili Elbe was a transgender pioneer. She lived openly as a woman, even though she was born in a man’s body, in 1920s Europe at a time when such a thing was seen as perverted or actually clinically insane; she wrote the memoir Man Into Woman about her transition; and she was one of the first people to receive sex-reassignment surgery, which was then highly experimental; complications from it killed her in 1931. She’s an important person to be telling stories about, especially today, as we are starting to be more aware of the trials transgender people face, both publicly and personally,
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Film Review: The Danish Girl

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★★★☆☆ Tom Hooper has made several films about men playing roles. 2009's The Damned United concerned the managerial exploits of Brian Clough (Martin Sheen), a legend of football who alpha-ed his way to the top of a fiercely competitive business. The King's Speech (2010) was, at its core, a film about a man learning to play a role he felt unfit for: unlike Brian Clough, George VI was skeptical about power and status. The film portrays him as a begrudging king, uncomfortable with a crown that will make him into the sovereign.
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I Believe in Miracles review – undemanding look at Brian Clough's resurgence

Jonny Owen’s entertaining documentary deals with the manager’s success at Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s

Related: Film review: The Damned United

The reputation of Brian Clough (pictured) in pop culture history famously got a revisionist jolt in 2006 from David Peace’s novel The Damned United, lending an unsuspected dark mythic importance to his brief, bizarrely dysfunctional tenure as Leeds United Fc manager in 1974. The cheeky loudmouth now looked troubled, irrational, even faintly sinister. It was adapted for the cinema in 2009 – in gentler and more conventional terms – starring Michael Sheen. Now Jonny Owen has made an undemanding documentary dealing with the happier era after that, about Clough’s resurgence, managing Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s: the Napoleon of football, leading a little-fancied side to glory in the old first division and the European cup. This affectionate film sets aside all the fashionably “dark” reading of Clough in
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First Image Revealed from ‘The Journey,’ Starring Timothy Spall

International sales and financing house Im Global has released the first image from “The Journey,” a dramatic comedy inspired by a turning point in British and Irish history. The film, which stars Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, started shooting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this week.

Spall won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year for “Mr. Turner.” Meaney’s credits include “Hell on Wheels” and “The Damned United.”

The Journey” focuses on the improbable friendship between two Northern Ireland political titans and implacable enemies, Ian Paisley (Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Meaney), when forced to “take a short journey and the biggest leap of faith.” It is at this moment the future of British and Irish history is altered, as two sworn enemies put their past actions behind them, and begin to forge a friendship that would lead them to be known as “The Chuckle Brothers.”

The cast also
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New I Believe In Miracles Trailer

New I Believe In Miracles Trailer
"Imagine Rotherham suddenly winning the Premier League, Fa Cup and UEFA Cup and you're close to Nottingham Forest's unbelievable in the late '70s." So opens Empire's four-star review of new football doc I Believe In Miracles, a disco-era fairy tale about one team's journey to football's promised land. After The Damned United, this the happier end of the Brian Clough story as he leads his team from seeming no-hopers to triumph and more silverware than Smaug’s pawnbroker. Named after the Jackson Sisters' disco classic of 1976, the story picks up not long after Clough was left out on his ear after 44 tumultuous days at Leeds United. Jobs at Derby County, while a more auspicious career move, and Brighton came to an end and the maverick manager was left with another fresh start. Clough’s starts didn’t tend to stay fresh for long, although the stars were aligned for
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The Danish Girl Review [Tiff 2015]

Period drama awards fare, especially period drama awards fare from British director Tom Hooper, can be counted on for certain surface pleasures. The production design will be lavish and tactile. The costuming will be spectacular, but not try overly hard to present itself as such. And the cast will emote such that hearts of stone are softened, or outright eroded in a downpour of waterworks. As the latest addition to the Hooper oeuvre, The Danish Girl makes for another very nice looking historical bauble.

Unfortunately for The Danish Girl, it arrives with the weight, or perhaps responsibility of being one of the most notable films about transgender living in a year very much defined by discussion of gender fluidity. Adapted from David Ebershoff’s award-winning novel of the same name, The Danish Girl is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, the first known transgender woman to receive sex reassignment surgery.
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Showcase to distribute Brian Clough documentary

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Showcase to distribute Brian Clough documentary
Film about legendary football manager to premiere at UK football ground before going nationwide.

A new film about football manager Brian Clough’s glory years at Nottingham Forest is to be distributed across the UK by Showcase Cinemas, following its world premiere at the club’s City Ground next month.

I Believe In Miracles tells the story of the five-year period in the 1970s when Clough took Nottingham Forest from a run-down second division club to two European Cups, producing one of the best domestic football teams in the history of the game.

It includes interviews with all of the 1979 European Cup winners involved the families of Clough and his managerial partner Peter Taylor.

I Believe In Miracles was written and directed by Jonny Owen, who also produced alongside Baby Cow Productions (Philomena) and Spool Films/Post.

The documentary will receive its world premiere at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground on Oct 11 before previews in UK cinemas
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Win Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Mosters: Dark Continent on 31st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Directed by Tom Green (Misfits), Executive Produced by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and starring Johnny Harris (Atonement, Snow White and the Huntsman, War Horse), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones, The Damned United) and

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Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind ‘Doctor Who,’ Launch Bad Wolf (Exclusive)

Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind ‘Doctor Who,’ Launch Bad Wolf (Exclusive)
London — Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner — the former BBC executives responsible for “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” — have launched U.K./U.S. production company Bad Wolf to produce high-end TV and film for the global television market. The company, which has the support of the Welsh government, will be co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles.

The company is putting together an ambitious production slate. Development deals with U.S. networks and studios are close to being agreed to, with discussions also under way with U.K. and European broadcasters.

Bad Wolf will have its production base at a permanent studio in South Wales, and is forecast to attract in the region of £100 million ($155 million) to the economy of Wales over the next 10 years.

Tranter and Gardner were at the helm of the BBC’s drama division until 2008, and together with Russell T. Davies they relaunched
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Timothy Spall in talks to play former Dup leader Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey

Timothy Spall in talks to play former Dup leader Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey
Timothy Spall is being lined up to play the former Democratic Unionist Party (Dup) leader Sir Ian Paisley.

The actor could star as the late Northern Ireland first minister in The Journey, about Paisley's unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Deadline reports.

Liam Neeson and Sir Kenneth Branagh were previously linked with the role.

Novelist Colin Bateman is writing the screenplay for the project, which is expected to begin production this September.

Nick Hamm is directing, and will also produce alongside Mark Huffam and Piers Tempest.

Paisley passed away in September last year at the age of 88.

Spall is known for starring in Mr Turner, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the Harry Potter series.
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The Callow Way – Why Football And Film Don’t Mix

This week, Neil Calloway looks at why soccer movies tend to bomb at the box office…

The timing could not have been better; name recognition could not have been higher, it was the perfect time to release a film about an organisation that dominated the headlines for the past few weeks. It doesn’t always work out like that, though, and United Passions, the film telling the story of FIFA, made a miserly $918 dollars during its opening weekend. That’s not a typo. That’s nine hundred and eighteen dollars. Turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity.

In fairness, the film was only released on ten screens, but a screen average of just over $90 does not bode well for a film that cost somewhere between $25 and $32 million dollars, with FIFA itself putting up around $17 million of the budget. On a limited release elsewhere in the world (as well as FIFA,
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Michael Sheen: 'I became obsessed with being Kenneth Williams'

Michael Sheen has delved into the effort he goes to when portraying real-life people in biopics.

Speaking at a BAFTA Cymru event in London last night (March 11), the actor revealed that he struggles to let go of those he plays, such as in BBC Four's Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!.

"I think to immerse yourself in anyone's life, it becomes fascinating as soon as you start to really get into everything," he explained.

"With Kenneth Williams, because he'd written diaries, that became like the rabbit hole that I went down and so anything he wrote in his diaries - or [if] he said, 'I watched this film' or, 'I read this book' or, 'I listened to this music' - I could do and I did."

The actor - who has also played Tony Blair in The Deal, The Queen and The Special Relationship, David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and Brian Clough
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Sports Stars, Teams And Events That Need A Movie Making

The sporting biopic is one that Hollywood loves to revisit. Whenever a studio is in need of a little cash they turn to the sports biopic. Over the years we have seen The Fighter, The Wrestler, Ali, Friday Night Lights, Rush, The Damned United and many, many more. And, although it may appear that we have more than enough sporting biopics, we all know that will not be the case. So which sporting achievements will be turned into movies in the future?

Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League success

English football club Liverpool were underwhelming the Premier League in the 2004/05 season – finishing a lowly fifth – yet somehow managed to win the Champions League, the biggest club prize in football. What makes Liverpool’s success worthy of Hollywood was the amount of comebacks that they had to undertake.

The first said comeback was against Olympiakos, who they needed to beat by two clear goals.
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Antonio Banderas Ups Production, Direction Priorities

Antonio Banderas Ups Production, Direction Priorities
Madrid – Antonio Banderas is not done yet. Currently shooting “Altamira” – his first majority Spanish film in two decades, outside his own productions and collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar – Banderas, one of Spain’s biggest Hollywood success stories, imagines a future based out of New York, Madrid and his hometown Málaga in Andalusia, Spain.

That is a sign of the times. The recipient of an honorary Goya at Spain’s 2015 Academy Awards, as an actor, Banderas is currently starring – and sporting a Victorian beard for the purpose – in Hugh Hudson’s family-skewing historical drama “Altamira,” co-stars in Patricia’s Reegen’s ”The 33,” in post; appears in Paramount Pictures’ The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” and in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.”

As large questions remain about Spain’s future state financing structures, Banderas is emerging as a possible lynchpin between the U.S. industry, its finance, distribution muscle, studio facilities,
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Watch Tom Hooper's Playlist

Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper is the latest in a growing list of filmmakers, movie stars and celebrities to lend their cinematic recommendations to us for a Sky Movies Playlist. Hooper started out in theatre and television - including stints on EastEnders and Byker Grove - before graduating to movies with The Damned United in 2009. His work on The King's Speech in 2010 won him an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture; more nominations came in 2012 for Les Misérables.
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