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Severin Films to Bring Post-Nuke Cult Classic Threads to Blu in January '18!

Our friends at Severin Films have recently announced that they'll be releasing cult TV movie classic, Threads, on Blu-ray for the first time worldwide this upcoming January. I've never seen Threads myself, but the general reaction from the cult film crowd who have seen this one gets me very excited. The film is a projection of the potential impact of a nuclear bomb exploding over Northern England in the early '80s and it pulls no punches in terms of the bloody and disgusting impact it has not only in the immediate aftermath, but also the way it deforms society. Directed by Mick Jackson, who would go on to helm well-regarded films like Temple Grandin and last year's Holocaust denier drama, Denial, Threads was one of...

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Win Denial book and DVD

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Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that Denial comes to DVD on 5 June 2017 (available to pre-order now from Amazon) and is available to download early from 22 May 2017. To celebrate the release, we’re giving away a DVD copy & copy of the book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, to 1 winner. There is also a DVD copy available for 1 runner up.

Starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, alongside Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott and Tom Wilkinson, Denial is the gripping and inspirational true story of a relentless fight for justice.

When writer Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) speaks out against the lies of Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) she is faced with a high-stakes battle to uncover one of the darkest deceptions in history. Passionate, fiery and independent she decides she must face him in court to fight the battle for the truth, even though the odds are solidly stacked against her.
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‘Howards End’: Julia Ormond, Philipa Coulthard, Joseph Quinn, More Join Starz/BBC Miniseries

Starz and BBC are rounding out the cast for limited series Howards End, based on E.M. Forster’s classic novel. Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Mad Men) and newcomers Philippa Coulthard (The Catch, Secrets and Lies), Joseph Quinn (Dickensian) have signed on to the four-part series, alongside Rosalind Eleazar (National Treasure, Nw) and Alex Lawther (Imitation Game, Black Mirror). They join previously announced Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman. Howards End
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Mick Jackson interview: Denial, The Bodyguard, Donald Trump

Simon Brew Jan 27, 2017

Director Mick Jackson on Denial, Donald Trump, directing films, and how he followed The Bodyguard...

Mick Jackson has lived through several chapters of his directorial career. His background was television, in particular the stunning Threads, and his classy adaptation of Chris MullinsA Very British Coup. Then he went to Hollywood, directing the likes of L.A. Story, The Bodyguard and Volcano.

He’s been away from cinema for a while, courtesy of some intriguing television projects. But he returns to the big screen this weekend with Denial, a classy courtroom drama that brings the story of Holocaust denier David Irving’s infamous libel action to the cinema. We snagged a chat with him ahead of its release, with the promise of further conversation about his 90s output at a later date too.

Can you talk us through this particular film, and why you wanted to bring it to the big screen?
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‘Romeo + Juliet’ 20 Years Later: Leonardo DiCaprio + Claire Danes on the Cusp of Worldwide Stardom

‘Romeo + Juliet’ 20 Years Later: Leonardo DiCaprio + Claire Danes on the Cusp of Worldwide Stardom
Both established child actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes were on the cusp of worldwide stardom when they were cast in the titular roles of director Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet about star-crossed lovers from opposing and volatile families.

DiCaprio, a boyish 21 at the time, was coming off critically acclaimed roles in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries. And anticipation was already building for James Cameron’s Titanic, which wouldn’t come out until the following year.

For Danes’ part, the 17-year-old had already established herself as one of the It girls of the mid-‘90s thanks to the lead role in the short-lived series, My So-Called Life, with another up-and-comer, Jared Leto, and a child star-making role in Little Women. A year later, she would be seen in her first major adult role as Matt Damon’s onscreen wife in Francis Ford Coppola’s [link
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Review: Denial

by Eric Blume

It’s kind of surprising how good Denial isn’t. The new film is about a Holocaust historian (Rachel Weisz) who has libel charges thrown against her by a racist Holocaust denier (Timothy Spall). The basic story is absorbing and filled with potentially interesting ideas but it's executed in the most perfunctory manner. It’s as if the actors, director, and crew showed up every morning and said, “okay we know the scene we need to shoot today -- maybe let’s try cameras here and turn on some of these lights we have sitting around. Let’s do this!”.

Director Mick Jackson has previously won an Emmy for the lovely Temple Grandin for HBO, and previously made L.A. Story and Live from Baghdad; he's not without talent. But Denial proves shapeless, not only in the shot construction, but all of the beats, and even in our feelings towards the main character.
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'Denial' Review: Legal Drama Pits Academics vs Holocaust Skeptics

'Denial' Review: Legal Drama Pits Academics vs Holocaust Skeptics
Incendiary subject, inadequate movie – that's the deal with Denial, a wobbly but well-meaning docudrama about the 2000 British libel suit by alleged historian/notorious Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall). against American academic in Jewish studies Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and Penguin Books, who published her tome, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial. Irving, an ardent Hitler sympathizer, claimed that Lipstadt damaged his reputation and his livelihood. In England, as opposed to America, the burden of proof is on the defendant, not the plaintiff. It's an all-out war. At stake,
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Natalie Portman Signs On For New HBO Series We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

HBO has been firing on all cylinders lately, throwing at us some of the finest television that we’ve seen in ages. With critics currently singing the praises of The Night Of, the network has now ordered up another mystery series in the form of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and they’ve brought in Natalie Portman to star.

Adapted from Karen Joy Fowler’s award-winning novel of the same name, Variety describes the plot as follows:

The story centers on college student Rosemary Cooke (Portman), whose “twin sister” disappeared when she was five years old, with her older brother following not long after.

Said to be twist-heavy, having not read the book myself I can’t comment much more on what happens, but from what I’ve heard it’s supposed to be quite a good story and one which will no doubt make for compelling television.

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Natalie Portman To Star In HBO Mystery Miniseries From Marta Kaufman

Natalie Portman To Star In HBO Mystery Miniseries From Marta Kaufman
Following up her directorial debut “A Tale Of Love And Darkness,” which hits theaters this month, and her upcoming Oscar contender “Jackie,” Natalie Portman is eyeing the small screen and is set to star in the HBO mystery miniseries “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” The project is based on Karen Joy Fowler’s award-winning novel of the same name and is being developed by “Friends” and “Grace and Frankie” showrunner Marta Kaufman and her production company Okay Goodnight.

Read More: Watch: Natalie Portman Seizes the Director’s Chair in Striking ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Trailer

The story is being described as a “twist-heavy tale” and centers around university student Rosemary Cooke, whose twin sister unexpectedly disappeared at the age of 5. “Temple Grandin” screenwriter Christopher Monger will pen the adaptation, while Gideon Raff of “Homeland” is already on board as an executive producer. Further plot details are being kept under wraps.
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Rachel Weisz Fights for Truth in ‘Denial’ Trailer

As the beginnings of Oscar season take shape, certain performances are already receiving buzz. Take Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz in “Denial,” a movie that recounts historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s efforts to prove the Holocaust actually occurred. As the trailer below indicates, thorny subject matter usually means a meaty acting role. With direction from Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin”) and a screenplay by David Hare (“The Reader”), “Denial” draws from Lipstadt’s book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” Co-starring Timothy Spall as David Irving, the denier in question who sues Lipstadt for libel, and Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson as her lawyer, the film promises a faithful look at a startling moment in history. Could it mean Oscar gold for Weisz or any of her co-stars? Watch the trailer for “Denial” and see for yourself! Inspired by this post? Check out our film audition listings!
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First Trailer: Rachel Weisz In "Denial"

The first trailer has arrived for the Rachel Weisz-led Holocaust-centric drama "Denial" which is an adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt's true story novel "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier".

Weisz plays the author who fought a legal battle against a man (Timothy Spall) who denied that the Holocaust ever happened. Mick Jackson ("Temple Grandin") helms from a script by David Hare ("The Reader"), with the movie to open September 30th.
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Rachel Weisz Proves the Holocaust Happened in First Trailer For ‘Denial’

It wouldn’t be the fall awards season if there wasn’t a Holocaust drama, but this year we’ll get one from a different angle. Rather being set during World War II, Denial takes places decades after as it recounts the true events captured in Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Coming from director Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and writer David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), the first trailer has landed today.

The film tracks Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt in which she fights for the truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), with the help of Tom Wilkinson‘s character. While it checks off all the markings of a tried and true awards season drama, hopefully it proves to excel beyond those trappings. Ahead of a likely premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, check out the trailer and poster below for the Bleecker Street release.

Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (The Reader). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.

Denial opens on September 30, 2016.
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Gia Coppola to Tell ‘Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’ with Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange; Starburns Industries Take ‘Bubbles’

Palo Alto was neither a sleeper hit or, from what I could tell, much of an overnight sensation, but it did herald the arrival of a new voice — and an addition to the greatest clan of American artists of the last 100 years. It’s good news, then, that Gia Coppola is at work on her follow-up: Variety tell us the director’s partnering with Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange for The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, a drama based on the true story of Dare Wright. Though the author of beloved children’s book The Lonely Doll, she was rediscovered by a journalist, Jean Nathan, while living in a public hospital four decades after her work’s publication. (It’s easy to presume who will play who.) From her experience came a book that “pieces together Wright’s bizarre life of glamour and isolation, and her struggle to escape
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Lange, Watts Join Coppola's "Lonely Doll"

Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts will star in "Palo Alto" director Gia Coppola's film adaptation of Jean Nathan's 2004 non-fiction book "The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll" for Indigenous Media and Untitled Entertainment.

Merritt Johnson ("Temple Grandin") adapted the book which follows a journalist's search for an out-of-print book series from the 1950s and discovers the famed author is now living in a decrepit public hospital in Queens. The journo ultimately spends years piecin together how the author's life ended up this way.

Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Jake Avnet, Bruce Cohen and Jason Weinberg will produce.

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Jessica Lange & Naomi Watts To Star In ‘The Secret Life Of The Lonely Doll’

Jessica Lange & Naomi Watts To Star In ‘The Secret Life Of The Lonely Doll’
Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts have been set to star in The Secret Life Of The Lonely Doll, an indie adaptation of Jean Nathan’s 2005 book about the life of children’s book author Dare Wright. Gia Coppola is directing and Merritt Johnson (Temple Grandin, In Treatment) has been set to adapt. Indigenous Media, founded by Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garica and Jake Avnet, is producing along with Bruce Cohen and Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg. Nathan’s book centers…
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Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in ‘Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’

Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in ‘Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’
Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange will star in the independent drama “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” with Gia Coppola directing.

Indigenous Media, formed by Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet will produce along Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) and Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg (“Ray Donovan”).

Coppola, who wrote and directed James Franco’s “Palo Alto,” will direct from a script by Merritt Johnson, whose credits include “Temple Grandin” and “In Treatment.”

“The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” is the story of Dare Wright, who became well-known in the 1950s thanks to her best-selling children’s book “The Lonely Doll.” Journalist Jean Nathan found Wright living in a public hospital in Queens four decades later, and her book pieces together Wright’s bizarre life of glamour and isolation, and her struggle to escape her painful childhood through her art. Wright passed away in 2001 at the age of
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Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in Drama ‘The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’

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Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in Drama ‘The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll’
Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts are set to star in a feature adaptation of Jean Nathan’s book “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll,” it was announced Friday by Indigenous Media, the company formed by Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet to produce and distribute original content across emerging and traditional platforms. Gia Coppola, who wrote and directed the indie film “Palo Alto,” is set to direct from a script by Merritt Johnson (“Temple Grandin”), who will adapt the book. Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”), and Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg
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Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in 'The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll'

Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange to Star in 'The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll'
Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts will star in the adaptation of Jean Nathan’s book The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll. Gia Coppola, who previously directed Palo Alto, will helm the film based on a script by Merritt Johnson (Temple Grandin). The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll centers on Dare Wright, who wrote the bestselling children’s book The Lonely Doll, which made her a household name in the 1950s. Four decades later, journalist Jean Nathan searches for the out-of-print book series, and discovers Wright living in a decrepit public hospital in Queens, New York. Nathan spent five

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‘Spectre’ Star Andrew Scott Joins Rachel Weisz in ‘Denial’

‘Spectre’ Star Andrew Scott Joins Rachel Weisz in ‘Denial’
London — Andrew Scott, who starred as “C” in “Spectre,” has joined Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall in the cast of “Denial.” Bleecker Street recently acquired the North American distribution rights to the film, which started to shoot in London this week.

Screenwriter David Hare (“The Reader,” “The Hours”) adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove that the Holocaust happened.

Scott, who won a BAFTA for playing Moriarty in “Sherlock,” will play lawyer Antony Julius. The supporting cast includes Caren Pistorius (“Slow West”), Jack Lowden (“War and Peace”), Alex Jennings
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Andrew Scott joins Rachel Weisz in 'Denial' as shoot begins

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Spectre and Sherlock star joins the cast of the Participant Media and BBC Films production

Principal photography has begun this week in London on Denial, based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier.

Rachel Weisz (The Lobster) will star alongside Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner).

Andrew Scott, star of Spectre, Pride and Sherlock joins the cast in the role of solicitor Anthony Julius.

Supporting cast includes Caren Pistorius (Slow West), Jack Lowden (War and Peace), Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van) and Harriet Walter (Suite Francaise).

Adapted for the screen by David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), the book recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier.

In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused; therefore, it was up
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