7 items from 2015
Essential Media and Entertainment will co-produce The Fabulist, a drama about a charismatic con artist in Victorian England, with the UK.s Archery Pictures.
UK-based Australian Adam Gyngell wrote the screenplay inspired by the true story of one of history.s greatest hoaxers.
Essential.s Ian Collie has been developing the project for two years with funding from Screen Australia. He was introduced to the Archery duo by Gyngell earlier this year and they decided to join forces.
Thykier.s credits include One Chance, I Give It A Year, Manors, Kick-Ass and Harry Brown. Marshall produced or exec produced Get Santa, Before I Go To Sleep, Welcome To The Punch and the upcoming Tom Hardy period TV drama Taboo.
Collie says, .The »
- Don Groves
The Serbian's victory over Roger Federer attracted an average audience of 7.42 million (51.2%) from 1.45pm on BBC One, up from last year's 5.89m (38.6%). However, its peak of 9.11m (53.9%) at around 5.15pm was down from last year's peak of 9.86m (54.3%).
Later, a repeat of David Attenborough's interview with Barack Obama intrigued 4.09m (25.2%) at 6.15pm, followed by Countryfile with 6.18m (31.7%) at 7.15pm. Fake or Fortune brought in 4.99m (22.9%) at 8.15pm, and new drama Outcast opened with 4.28m (21.7%) at 9.15pm.
ITV's Catchphrase quizzed 2.79m (14.7%) at 7.15pm (113k/0.5% on +1), followed by Surprise, Surprise with 2.99m (14.1%) at 8pm (164k/0.7%) and Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure with 3.71m (16.6%) at 9pm (307k/1.9%).
On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year appealed to 1.25m (5.9%) at 8pm »
A new L.A.-based talent agency is looking to become a conduit for European film and TV writers and directors in Hollywood.
Called Elsewhere Works, the outfit is being launched by Italian writer-producer David Bellini, who, in a short time, has lined up a significant stable that includes hot Spanish helmer Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Cannibal”), bestselling Italo author Giancarlo De Cataldo (Crime Novel), and U.K. scribe Gary Young (pictured), who penned Michael Caine-starrer “Harry Brown.”
The first project Elsewhere is shopping in Hollywood is a Gary Young-penned action-packed thriller “Crosshairs,” on which they’ve teamed up with U.S. talent management company Zero Gravity, run by Mark and Christine Holder, marking the start of an ongoing collaboration.
Bellini reps the Writers Guild Italia (Wgi) in L.A. and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He co-founded the company with his Spanish wife Olga Bernal Sancho. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Written and Directed by Simon Blake
The subject of adolescent criminality is a hot button issue in Britain, playing on the fears generated by rampant urbanization and the generation gap. Cinema has addressed these fears in different ways; Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riffed on the idea with Hot Fuzz and their friend Joe Cornish cast them as unlikely heroes in Attack the Block while Michael Caine‘s avenging war vet in Harry Brown takes it into the territory of elderly wish fulfilment. Writer/director Simon Blake uses the idea as the narrative and thematic force behind Still; a grim, well-acted yet slightly messy contemporary crime drama.
Set in and around North London, Still introduces Carver (Aidan Gillen) and his ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing) putting flowers on the grave of their deceased teenaged son on the anniversary of his death. Carver has deeply rooted feelings of guilt about »
- Liam Dunn
As the name suggests, the so-called “geri-action” movie involves actors of the elder variety generally behaving in a way not befitting of their advanced years. Liam Neeson kick-started the trend by rebranding himself as an action hero with the Taken films and now everybody seems to be at it.
60-year-old Denzel did it with 2 Guns and The Equalizer, 71-year-old Robert De Niro did it with Killing Season and Grudge Match, and virtually everyone’s at it in The Expendables and Red franchises. Hell, even King of the Cockneys Michael Caine was blasting geezers away in Harry Brown aged 77.
The arthritic-fun doesn’t stop there. Some aging former A-listers who’ve fallen a tad out of favour are now trying to break back into Hollywood’s good books via action movies of their own. 61-year-old Pierce Brosnan had a go last year with The November Man, both Sean Penn (54) and »
- Brogan Morris
AMC's highly-anticipated Preacher has added yet another member to its cast, with Joseph Gilgun signing on to play the Irish vampire Cassidy. He joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga as Tulip and Ian Colletti as Arseface. Dominic Cooper is still in negotiations to play the lead character Jesse Custer, but his deal has not been finalized at this time.
The story, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's graphic novel of the same name, follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer, who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven, which gives him the ability to make anyone do as he commands. After learning that God has abandoned his post in heaven, Jesse goes on a quest to literally find God, along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and Cassidy. The vampire Cassidy is more than 100 years old, but he is described by Deadline as "the most wild-ass, bestest 'bro' you'd ever want to meet. »
Exclusive: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of Us drama Revenge.
British actor Bowman is best known for his long-running role as Daniel Grayson in Us drama series Revenge, which he left earlier this year after four seasons on the show in a dramatic exit.
In Level Up, Bowman stars as a man who must make his way across London while fighting off a host of sinister characters to save his kidnapped girlfriend.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
7 items from 2015
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