Lance Armstrong went from an American hero to the most hated man in America when it was revealed that he had blood doped and cheated in order to win his record seven Tour de France titles, but had also lied to everyone while off the bike that he was clean. It culminated in a revealing interview between Lance and Oprah and a documentary film called The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney.
Now for the first time Lance’s story is being told in a dramatic fiction form, exposing his lie and all that led up to it. Will Stephen Frears’s movie help the cyclist earn some of his credibility back, or will it make him even more of the villain?
- Brian Welk
In the film, 90s-era detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates Angela’s (Watson) claim that her father committed something terrible – but she can’t remember exactly what. Thrown into a horrifying mystery, Kenner must wade his way through lies, threats, and suspicion before he becomes the next victim of a national conspiracy.
Though we’d really, really like Watson to regress (ahem) into her Bling Ring character’s La drawl – imagine Regression’s Angela confessing to Ethan Hawke, “I think this situation is a huge learning lesson for me.” – just the sheer fact that Emma Watson has a new movie out is enough to have us already in line at the box office.
- Sasha James
The new agreement through 2020 replaces the first-look deal set to expire this year. Working Title and Universal first partnered in 1999 and have since teamed up on 50 films, resulting in $5 billion in worldwide grosses.
“Working Title is the biggest and best international production company in the world and we’ve been privileged to be in business with them for many cherished years,” Langley said. “Tim, Eric and their team have been incredible partners with whom we have celebrated much success and we look forward to repeating that success in the future.”
Working Title’s movies with Universal include “The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Billy Elliot,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Notting Hill,” and the “Bridget Jones” movies. »
- Dave McNary
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Certainly, in the more than 400 years since its first publication, it has been one of the most frequently adapted; revived regularly on stage and re-envisioned time and again in the age of cinema and television.
In his review, Guy Lodge (Variety) praises the director’s “thrillingly elemental new adaptation. Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.”
- Michelle McCue
Owen and Hayward established the company in September and are in “advance development on several scripted series”.
It also produced Oscar-nominated movie, Saving Mr Banks, and Jane Eyre.
As part of the deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will exclusively distribute all of Monumental’s television productions.
It is ITV’s latest production sector deal, following investments »
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
- Gary Collinson
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
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
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. »
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 […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
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
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
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
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
Brady Corbet’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Maud Le Rest)
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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