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To mark the release of Their Finest on 21st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, inexperienced screenwriter, Catrin (Gemma Arterton; The Girl With All The Gifts, Tamara Drewe) and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the country’s flagging spirits and inspire America to join the war. Partnered with fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin; My Cousin Rachel, Me Before You), the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation whilst navigating the constant threat of The Blitz, limited resources and the demands of gloriously egotistical actor, Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love, Actually).
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Bryce Dallas Howard is stepping behind the camera again. The Golden Globe-nominated actress has signed on to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star,” Variety reports. The “Jurassic World” star has previously helmed a number of shorts.
Published in 2010, the book follows Amber Appleston, a high school senior and a self-professed “princess of hope” who secretly lives in Hello Yellow, the school bus her mom drives. Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) penned the script.
“The film is currently in early development and without a distributor,” the source writes, but if it moves forward, Howard will be on board to direct.
“I think that in a way — and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is an incredible example of this — people are seeing that there is a kind of lower tolerance for vapid, meaningless, only functional female characters,” Howard has said. “We want the real world and the realities of the real world reflected in movies that we see, and audiences are not tolerating anything other than that. I think it’s a good time to be a woman in this business and people are more outspoken. I have a lot of respect for the women that have been more outspoken and have had courage in that regard,” she explained.
“Solemates,” “When You Find Me,” and “Orchids” are among the shorts Howard has helmed. Her acting credits include “The Help,” the “Twilight” franchise, and “Terminator Salvation.” She received a Golden Globe nod in 2008 for her role in “As You Like It,” a TV movie inspired by William Shakespeare’s play.
Bryce Dallas Howard to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Sorta Like a Rock Star” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Bryce Dallas Howard is set to follow in her father Ron Howard’s footsteps by stepping behind the camera, with Variety reporting that the actress is attached to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s 2010 novel Sorta Like a Rock Star.
The story revolves around “an optimistic high school student, Amber Appleton, who secretly lives in her mom’s school bus during her senior year after an altercation at home.” The project was originally set up at Fox Searchlight, but is currently without a distributor. It does have a script however, from Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
- Gary Collinson
Today, in setting yourself up for a needlessly difficult series of comparisons: Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on for the Mamma Mia! sequel, Here We Go Again, where she’ll play a younger version of Meryl Streep. Per Deadline, James has been cast as “Young Donna,” the earlier version of Streep’s worldly chanteuse, as she gets into various romantic scrapes with whoever’s stuck playing the younger versions of Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.
Here We Go Again has already confirmed that much of the original movie’s cast—including Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski—will return for the sequel, while Ol Parker, who helmed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is set to direct. The new film is expected to extend this unlikely franchise’s dive into Abba’s musical catalog, while also bringing back some of the first film’s biggest hits. »
- William Hughes
Christine Baranski has officially signed on to reprise her role as Tanya in Universal’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, the forthcoming sequel to the 2008 Abba-themed romance musical Mamma Mia, starring Meryl Streep. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel scribe Ol Parker wrote the screenplay and will direct the film, which is slotted for a theatrical release July 20, 2018. Amanda Seyfried is also confirmed for the second installment with, Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan… »
11 July 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cinderella is heading to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi.
Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on to star in Universal's sequel to Mamma Mia, the 2008 adaptation of the stage musical based on Abba songs that was one of the biggest hits in studio history, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.
- Rebecca Ford
The UK DVD and Blu-ray release of British film Their Finest has been announced.
Capturing and reflecting the spirit of a nation at war, one woman must navigate the complexities of movie production, the stiff upper lips of government and her own romantic entanglements in the irresistible British comedy drama Their Finest, available on digital platforms from August 14th and on Blu-ray and DVD from August 21st courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, inexperienced screenwriter, Catrin (Gemma Arterton; The Girl With All The Gifts, Tamara Drewe) and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the country’s flagging spirits and inspire America to join the war. Partnered with fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin; My Cousin Rachel, Me Before You), the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the »
- Paul Heath
Author: Stefan Pape
London is the most expensive city to live in, in the world. Not only is rent extortionate, but gentrification is squeezing the soul out of the capital, losing some of its identity as new indefinable flats are constantly being built. So naturally the narrative to Hampstead – of a man sticking his middle finger up to the establishment and building a home in the park – should have great appeal, and resonate with viewers, and yet it delves into a world that feels so far removed from reality.
Based on real events, Diane Keaton plays Emily – an American widow pressured by her neighbour (Lesley Manville) to encourage the local community to support the endeavour to build a new apartment building across the road in front of the abandoned old hospital, based in the corner of Hampstead Heath. Sat in her attic, peering out the window with an old pair of binoculars, »
- Stefan Pape
Fox Searchlight Pictures, which has one of the best marketing and distribution teams in the industry right now, has just upped Heather Artis to senior VP of creative advertising. Since joining Fox Searchlight in 2011, Artis has co-produced Av campaigns for such films as Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Brooklyn, 12 Years a Slave, The Descendants and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Prior to her studio tenure, Artis spent more than a decade on the agency side working on… »
Ten years after 2008's Mamma Mia! The Movie sang its way into theaters and raked in millions at the box office, a sequel - Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! - will grace us with its presence. According to Deadline, original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski are all slated to return to belt out more Abba hits (Dominic Cooper, where you at?), and will be joined by a few new faces. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel alum Ol Parker is pulling double duty as writer and director and will be centering the story once again on the Greek island of Kalokairi. The movie is expected to drop on July 20, 2018 (which happens to be 10 years and two days after the first Mamma Mia! film opened), so you have plenty of time to brush up on your Abba repertoire. »
- Quinn Keaney
Hugh Grant is set to play a disgraced British politician in true-story drama “A Very English Scandal,” the BBC said Monday. The project will reunite Grant with director Stephen Frears following the actor’s acclaimed performance in last year’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for best supporting actor.
In “A Very English Scandal,” Grant will play Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician in modern times to stand trial for murder. In 1979, Thorpe, then leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, was accused of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. The film is based on a book by British journalist John Preston.
The three-part drama for flagship channel BBC One marks Grant’s return to British television for the first time in nearly 25 years, when he starred in “The Changeling,” an episode of the BBC’s anthology drama series »
- Robert Mitchell
Author: Zehra Phelan
Oh, Mamma Mia!!!!!! The Abba-based musical Mamma Mia is all set for a return to our big screens next year as Universal Pictures announced a sequel to the 2008 romantic comedy which saw the legendary Meryl Streep dance and sings her way around on Greek soil whilst secretly lusting after an old flame.
The Mamma Mia sequel is scheduled for a July 2018 release, a release which marks the ten year anniversary since Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skasgard, Dominic Cooper and Julia Waters came together in an ensemble cast in a story which saw an independent hotelier, Donna (Streep) in the Greek islands prepare for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile, Sophie, the spirited bride, had a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope »
- Zehra Phelan
Simon Brew Jul 13, 2017
The last piece of fresh casting news we had for the soon-to-shoot Mamma Mia sequel was when we learned that Amanda Seyfried would be back to play Sophie in the new movie. Now, though, we have one new addition, and another returnee.
Christine Baranski is the very welcome returnee, and she'll be reprising the role of Tanya. Lily James, meanwhile, is set to play a younger version of Meryl Streep's character from the original film, with part of the new movie using flashbacks.
The plot remains pretty unknown thus far, but as we find things out, we'll let you know.
From May 2017
Universal Pictures is finally moving forward on a Mamma Mia sequel, which will be called Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The studio has brought on Ol Paker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) to write and direct this musical sequel. Original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski will all return. Littlestar's Judy Craymer and Playtone's Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will return as producers for the sequel, which will hit theaters next summer.
Variety reports that Universal has set a July 20, 2018 release date, which as of now will put this musical sequel up against 20th Century Fox's sci-fi action thriller Alita: Battle Angel, and an untitled DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation production. The site reports that Universal has been kicking around ideas for how to make a follow-up work for years, with »
Universal plans to celebrates the 10th anniversary of the filmed adaptation of the play Mamma Mia! with a follow-up, titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which will open on July 20, 2018. The original cast of the 2008 film is expected to return.
Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will write and direct the sequel. Joining him are the original film’s producers Judy Craymer and Goetzman. Craymer not only worked on the original film, but created and produced the hit Broadway play. Also returning are lyrical and music supervisors Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeu, acting as executive producers as well.
Mamma Mia! is known for featuring many songs by the famous band Abba and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will continue that by featuring Abba songs not used in the original as well as some returning classics.
- Ricky Church
Good news for Abba fans who can’t get enough of love triangles, big musical numbers, and sugar-dense sweetness: Universal has just placed a sequel to Mamma Mia! onto its 2018 film schedule. Subtitled, with a somewhat appropriate weariness, Here We Go Again!, the film will be written and directed by Ol Parker, who penned the screenplay for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
It’s not clear how Universal intends to follow on from the original, which saw big-name stars like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth beg each other to take a chance on them, all against the backdrop of Streep’s daughter’s wedding. One possible direction being flouted is a prequel, tracing the paths of the older characters back in the ’70s, although anything that minimizes Streep’s presence seems like a misstep, given that she was the most successful part of the 2008 original.
- William Hughes
Universal is officially moving along on a sequel to the 2008 hit “Mamma Mia,” with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” scribe Ol Parker writing and directing the new movie. The studio also dated the film, titled “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” for July 20, 2018.
Playtone Pictures, which produced the first pic, is back on for the sequel.
Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash. Sources say that one angle could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place. The first film is based on the iconic musical about a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group Abba.
The sequel will feature Abba songs not featured in the 2008 movie, “along with some reprised favorites,” according to the studio’s announcement. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, »
- Justin Kroll
19 May 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The dancing queens are getting ready to sing again.
Ol Parker, the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, has been tapped to direct what is being titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, with the new musical being slotted for a release on July 20, 2018.
- Borys Kit
It’s unclear who among the original cast might return, but the 2008 film starred Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper and Julie Walters.
More to come. Read the full announcement …
Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, »
- Matt Donnelly
Author: Zehra Phelan
As filming wraps on the Lily James-led Guernsey (aka The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), two official images from the project have been released of the 1940’s based British production with James leading the charge as journalist Juliet Ashton.
Related: Lily James news and interviews.
The British production of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel, carries one of the oddest titles of recent times, and has Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’s Mike Newell at the helm of the Don Roos (Marley & Me, The Opposite of Sex) adapted screenplay.
Set in 1946 Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII. Juliet »
- Zehra Phelan
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