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ITV takes stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward's Monumental

30 April 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

Owen and Hayward established the company in September and are in “advance development on several scripted series”.

The former is the founder of Ruby Film and Television, which launched in 1998 and produced dramas including Case Histories, Dancing on the Edge and Emmy award-winning Temple Grandin.

It also produced Oscar-nominated movie, Saving Mr Banks, and Jane Eyre.

Hayward most recently produced the Golden Globe-winning film Les Miserables and was head of films at Working Title, where she oversaw Bridget Jones’ Diary, Atonement and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

As part of the deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will exclusively distribute all of Monumental’s television productions.

The relationship will be managed by ITV Global Entertainment executive vice-president of content and co-productions, Ruth Clarke.

It is ITV’s latest production sector deal, following investments »

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ITV Takes Stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward’s Monumental

30 April 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of U.K. TV network ITV, has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie recently founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

The agreement will see Itvs Ge exclusively distribute all television productions from Monumental, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.

Owen is the founder of production company Ruby Film and Television, which she set up in 1998. Along with producing feature films, including the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Jane Eyre,” Ruby was behind high-end television dramas “Case Histories,” “Dancing on the Edge” and “Temple Grandin,” which won an Emmy.

Hayward most recently produced the Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” She was formerly head of films at Working Title, where she had creative responsibility for the company’s feature film slate, including the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” franchise, “Atonement” and the multi-Oscar nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Wayward Pines Review – TV Fox

28 April 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The best thing about Wayward Pines, the new, short-run effort coming to Fox, is watching how it attempts to learn from the mistakes of similar shows that have come before.

From the less-than-stellar “remake” of The Prisoner with Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen, to the largely goofball Persons Unknown (which was, sort of, The Prisoner 2: The Group), and everything else in the “trapped in a town” genre, the story can’t work if the characters are empty plot devices.

Wayward Pines is a rare example of setting out with the tropes and traps of a genre in order to dodge the pitfalls inherent in telling a type of story that can never fully distance itself from the fact that it’s pretty goofy. The problem is that while the show clearly tries to look at what made other efforts fall apart, and do those things differently, it isn’t »

- Marc Eastman

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Round-Up: Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake, Excerpt from Zombie Novel ‘Outbreak: The Hunger’, Watch First Episode of Wayward Pines

24 April 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »

- Derek Anderson

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Joe Wright’s Pan Moves To October 9, 2015

20 April 2015 8:25 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room, Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure Pan has been moved from its previous July 24th opening to fall and will begin its global launch with the new domestic release date of October 9, 2015.

The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In making the announcement, Fellman said, “We wanted to give ‘Pan’ the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense. Moving the film to the heart of the fall will allow us more time to screen the picture, enabling us to capitalize on what we anticipate will be strong word of mouth.”

Kwan Vandenberg added, “Peter Pan is a beloved figure the world over, and the fall corridor is perfect for this epic adventure story that »

- Michelle McCue

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Contest: Win Child 44 Prize Pack

20 April 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman have quite the cinematic partnership. Whether it’s Cold War dramas in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or venturing into the superhero mainstream for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the acting duo have tinkered and tailored in a variety of genres. For their latest outing, Hardy and Oldman will circle back to the Cold War for Daniel Espinosa’s adaptation, Child 44.

Lifted from the pages of Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the thriller centers on a search for sinister serial killer circa 1953. As we alluded to before, Tom Hardy will play the part of Leo Demidov, a well-respected agent who loses his badge and honor when he stands by his wife (Noomi Rapace) as she comes under question for being a traitor. With a cast list that also boasts Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, Child 44 is certainly one »

- Michael Briers

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BBC Reigns Globally With ‘Wolf Hall’ Adaptation

17 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A Booker Prize-winning pair of novels about the middle-aged manager of Henry VIII’s court doesn’t sound like the next hit literary property for the stage and screen, but “Wolf Hall” has so far turned conventional wisdom on its head.

Hilary Mantel’s 2009 hit novel — which sold nearly 3 million copies in the U.K. and U.S. — and sequel “Bring Up the Bodies” (2012) have already been adapted into a critically acclaimed hit by Mike Poulton at London’s Royal Shakespeare Company, and its current Broadway transfer has grossed almost $2 million in previews since March 20; it opened April 9.

Three months earlier, nearly 4 million British viewers watched the six-part series’ first episode Jan. 21 on BBC Two, the highbrow channel’s biggest audience for a drama series in a decade.

The April 5 PBS debut of the series, starring Mark Rylance as the king’s right-hand man, statesman Thomas Cromwell, along with Damien »

- Leo Barraclough

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Every legend has a beginning in new poster for Joe Wright’s Pan

15 April 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from yesterday’s international trailer, a new poster has arrived online for Pan, director Joe Wright’s upcoming Peter Pan origin tale…

Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing a cast that includes Levi Miller (The Spectacular Now), Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions), Amanda Seyfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jack Charles (Mystery Road), Taejoo Na (The Kick), Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall), Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier.

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- Gary Collinson

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Mip TV: Studiocanal, Tomas Alfredson’s Spark TV Ink First-Look Pact (Exclusive)

14 April 2015 2:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Deepening yet further its impressive TV talent base in Scandinavia, European film-tv mini-major Studiocanal has inked a first-look pact with Spark TV, the Stockholm-based TV production company created by “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” director Tomas Alfredson and producing partner Piodor Gustafsson. Alfredson’s credits also include cult vampire tale “Let the Right One In.”

Founded in December, Spark TV is a subsid of Another Park Film, the film-tv production house launched in September 2012 by Gustafsson and Alfredson. First-look pact will see Spark TV and Studiocanal co-developing TV series and mini-series in both English and Swedish.

“Some series could be local, since Scandinavian series travel very well. Others can be English-language and potentially with a main partner sometimes outside Scandinavia,” said Studiocanal chairman-ceo Olivier Courson.

“We aim in Europe to back both local and international series,” Courson added, instancing the move by the U.K’s Red Production Company, producer of high-rating British drama, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Weinstein Company Locks Up Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ for Miniseries

13 April 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Weinstein Company has secured rights to Truman Capote’s American masterpiece “In Cold Blood,” and plans to bring the crime story to television as a miniseries event. Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) will produce, with “Becoming Jane” screenwriter Kevin Hood on board to adapt Capote’s book. “In Cold Blood” was published in 1966, a blockbuster true-crime account that first ran as a four-part serial in The New Yorker. It centers on the murders of Kansas farming family the Clutters that subsequently rocked their community and ultimately the nation. “Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ has been riveting. »

- Matt Donnelly

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What did we learn from the Spectre teaser trailer?

28 March 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The first teaser trailer for James Bond 24 has been released, but what did it tell us about the upcoming movie, Spectre?

After letting the sky fall when it crum-balled to the tune of a billion dollars at the global box office, Spectre may be the most anticipated James Bond movie since the last one. Daniel Craig's fourth feature as 007 won't arrive in UK cinemas until October, but the response to the teaser trailer released over the weekend has been very positive.

Four is hardly a magic number for Bond actors. Sean Connery's fourth outing was the less-than-stellar Thunderball, Roger Moore's was the all-too-interstellar Moonraker and Pierce Brosnan closed out his four-movie tenure with the infamously poor Die Another Day.

That makes Craig the fourth actor to rack up four turns as Bond, and if you're superstitious about this sort of thing, maybe that's why this looks to be the combo breaker. »

- simonbrew

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Mark Strong Bio: In His Own Words

23 March 2015 4:12 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Mark Strong (August 5, 1963-) is an English film and television actor. He’s known for his work on the television series Our Friends in the North, which featured many breakout performances, and films including Tristan & Isolde, Body of Lies, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, Robin Hood, Green Lantern, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, The […]

The post Mark Strong Bio: In His Own Words appeared first on uInterview. »

- Ryan McDonnell

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Small Screen Remake Of Let The Right One In Enters Development

17 March 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Swedish horror Let The Right One In has already been subjected to the Hollywood treatment, but that’s not going to stop its exsanguination in favor of another remake. For this latest iteration, currently in development at A&E, the network has tapped Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and writer Brandon Boyce to revamp the movie a second time.

A&E snagged the rights from Hammer Films Productions – who produced the original movie based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best-selling novel – in a bidding frenzy. The network nearly lost out to Showtime, whose slate already boasts the genre-tastic Penny Dreadful. All’s fair in love and (bidding) war.

Like all other previous versions of the property, the series will revolve about a bullied teen boy who befriends a young girl – who turns out to be a century-old vampire unable to restrain her bloodlust.

The first adaptation sprung up in the »

- Gem Seddon

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‘Pride’ Producer David Livingstone Moved From Marketing Movies to Making Them

13 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 20 years at Polygram, Universal and Working Title, in both London and Los Angeles, David Livingstone mastered the art of selling quirky British movies to a global audience. He drove the campaigns for everything from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Trainspotting” to “Billy Elliot” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

So it’s only fitting that, having decided in 2012 to quit as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Working Title Films in order to strike out on his own as a producer, Livingstone should be rewarded with the Bafta for outstanding British debut, alongside writer Stephen Beresford, for “Pride,” the true-life story of others who left their comfort zone for the greater good — gay activists who help raise money for striking miners in ’80s Britain.

A stage musical version of the movie and a biopic about Judy Garland are next for Livingstone, who admits that launching his production company, »

- Adam Dawtrey

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Hot projects on Screenbase

18 February 2015 1:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote and Jena Malone have signed on to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature.

“After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon,” Winding Refn said.

Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.

Wim WendersLes Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez

This adaptation of the play by Peter Handke was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Wenders is expected to shoot in June.

Brady Corbet’s [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Kingsman: The Secret Service | Review

12 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eggsy’s Game: Vaughn’s Hyperviolent Reinterpretation of the Super Spy Caper

While a release in February doesn’t speak highly of Twentieth Century Fox’s hopes for the beginning of a new, lucrative franchise, it seems the studio is attempting a bit of reverse psychology with its release of Matthew Vaughn’s clumsily titled Kingsman: The Secret Service. Bringing back farfetched ridiculousness to the super spy genre, Vaughn is going for a dirty, sexy, funny version of the antics usually on display in James Bond (and it features two cast members from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy….though comparison with that title ends there). Viciously, even shockingly violent at times for a studio feature, there’s a certain amount of refreshment to be had from Vaughn’s decidedly adult treatment of material that was originally the comic book “The Secret Service.” But its inescapable layers of self-awareness, paired with its »

- Nicholas Bell

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From Smiley’s People to Wolf Hall, the best TV dramas can't be rushed

11 February 2015 5:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Slow-burning stories of emotional and political intricacy need time to develop – and they’re all the better for it

While the main terrors of getting older are physical and professional, there is one cultural dread – the fear that a once-loved entertainment will lose its appeal, like a country that disappoints on revisiting. Each time Smiley’s People comes around, I hesitate to watch, just in case its greatness has faded. But its latest repeat run – which concluded on Tuesday night on BBC4 – has confirmed that this 1982 adaptation of John le Carré’s 1979 novel is among the most beautiful and enduring achievements of TV drama.

Although slightly less celebrated than an earlier book and BBC serial featuring the spy George Smiley, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – partly because that novel has had a recent lavish movie makeover – Smiley’s People is slightly the better of the two small-screen le Carrés, mainly because Alec Guinness, »

- Mark Lawson

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For Your Eyes Only: Watch This 3-Minute Supercut Of Spy Movies

10 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After dozens of advanced screenings nationwide over the past month, Matthew Vaughn’s spy comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is finally hitting Us theaters this weekend (read our A- review here) and a new espionage-themed supercut has arrived online to get you in the sneaky mood. Titled “For Your Eyes Only” and edited by Cineplex Movies, the three-minute supercut focuses mostly on modern spy movies, which means less “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” and more “Salt.” Some of the movies that make appearances include both the Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner “Bourne” flicks, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the “Mission: Impossible” series, every iteration of James Bond (minus George Lazenby, or at least he wasn’t easily spotted), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The American” and, perplexingly, the Nazi-Tom Cruise-with-an-eyepatch-starring “Valkyrie,” which in our opinion is far closer to a war thriller than a spy one, covert operations. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Lynne Ramsay boards rehab thriller

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Dominic West, Stacy Martin among cast of UK drama.

Dominic West (Pride), David Tennant (What We Did On Our Holiday) and Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac) are to star in Glasgow-set drama-thriller I Feel Fine, which writer-director Lynne Ramsay and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy producer Robyn Slovo are executive-producing.

I Feel Fine marks the directorial debut of established casting agent Des Hamilton, who has cast films including Nymphomaniac, Only God Forgives and This is England.

The script comes from Hamilton and Amber Trentham. Producers are casting agent Lara Manwaring for Buffalo Films and Suzanne Reid (What We Did On Our Holiday) for Capricorn Films.

Set in the unforgiving streets of 1980s Glasgow the film will chart the story of teenager Jonny White who becomes embroiled in crime and drug addiction.

When a bounty is placed on his head for a crime he didn’t commit, White must get to the safe haven of rehab in order to stay »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Colin Firth plays the dapper spy in 16 new Kingsman images

3 February 2015 8:43 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

With his posh accent and perfect manners, Colin Firth always seemed like the ideal casting for a dapper British spy. We caught a glimpse of this in his turn as the “Tailor” in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011. Firth trades in Tinker Tailor’s Gary Oldman for Michael Caine as his spy superior, adding a little bit of punk and circumstance to the genre with Kingsman: The Secret Service and newcomer Taran Egerton.

Egerton has called Firth “badass” more than once in his interviews leading up to the film’s release date, and just from the trailers alone, we can’t help but agree that Firth’s Kingsman tongue-in-cheek, gun-toting, ass-kicking role looks nothing like anything the former Mr. Darcy has ever done.

Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theatres on February 13, and also stars Samuel L. JacksonMark Strong – another Tinker Tailor addition – Star Wars’ Mark Hamill, and Jack Davenport from Pirates of the Caribbean. »

- Sasha James

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