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The Mercy: first trailer for Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz's latest

Simon Brew Nov 17, 2017

From the director of The Theory Of Everything comes The Mercy. Here's the first trailer...

Heading into UK cinemas on February 9th 2018 is The Mercy, the new film from The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz headline this one, and we've got the first trailer and an official synopsis to bring to you.

We'd best get down to work, then. Trailer first...

And here's the synopsis...

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife,
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Watch The First Trailer For ‘The Mercy’, Starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz

Studiocanal has released the very first trailer for the upcoming The Mercy, which will roll into cinemas next year.

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weitz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.

Co-starring David Thewlis (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges), the story
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Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in the independent family drama “Hope Gap,” with William Nicholson directing from his own script.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist. Protagonist and CAA will introduce “Hope Gap” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. Principal photography is set to begin in the summer.

Bening and Nighy will portray a couple married for 29 years. The story follows their son’s weekend visit to their seaside home, when Nighy’s character informs him that he plans to leave his wife the following day. “Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution.

“Ever since ‘Shadowlands,’ I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: ‘Hope Gap’ is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud
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Cher joins the cast of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

A few days ago music superstar Cher took to social media to tease an appearance in the upcoming sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, and now her casting has been confirmed by Variety. Here’s the original tweet that Cher shared…

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Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Cher’s role in the film is being kept under wraps, but it will mark the Oscar winner’s first big screen appearance since 2010’s Burlesque. Her only other credits since the turn of the millennium include a voice role in 2011’s Zookeeper, and an appearance as herself in the 2003 comedy Stuck on You.

Filming on the Mamma Mia sequel got underway last month, with Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) directing returning stars Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth and new additions Lily James Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn,
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Cher Is Officially Joining Meryl Streep in the Mamma Mia! Sequel - We Are Not Worthy

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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, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski are all slated to return to belt out more Abba hits. There will also be a few new faces, including Baby Driver's Lily James. The Hollywood Reporter revealed she's playing a younger version of Meryl Streep's character, Donna, since the narrative structure of the sequel will shift back and forth in time to add some context to some of the relationships among characters in present day. Jeremy Irvine is also signed on as a young Sam, and Josh Dylan will play young Bill. None other than Cher (yes,
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Cher Joins Mamma Mia 2

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The Universal Pictures sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has been filming since late August, but it's never too late to add an iconic new cast member. A report reveals that showbiz icon Cher has joined the cast, although no details about her character have been revealed. The actress/singer hinted about starring in the Mamma Mia sequel in a cryptic tweet over the weekend, and now her casting has been confirmed.

Unfortunately, no details were given about the character Cher will be playing, but this this will mark her first live-action movie role in seven years, since 2010's Burlesque, where she starred alongside Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming. She also provided the voice of Janet the Lioness in the 2011 Kevin James comedy Zookeeper, and, most recently, voiced a character called Chercophonie on the Netflix animated TV series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. Regardless of who she's playing,
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Cast announced for Stephen Mangan’s Channel 4 comedy series Hang Ups

Channel 4 has announced details of the cast for Stephen Mangan’s Hang Ups, an adaptation of Lisa Kudrow’s Emmy-nominated Web Therapy, which it set to ““present a hilarious and outrageous catalogue of neuroses, phobias, issues, anxieties and psychopathies” and sees Mangan taking on the role of Dr. Richard Pitt as he offers his weekly quickfire webcam therapy sessions.

Set to feature alongside Mangan in the comedy series are David Tennant (Broadchurch), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Monica Dolan (W1A), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Game of Thrones alumni Conleth Hill, Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant, and Harry Lloyd.

Hang Ups is being written by Mangan and Robert Delamere; the half-hour comedy series will consist of six episodes, and is set to air on Channel 4 in 2018.
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Andy Garcia joins Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Deadline is reporting that Andy Garcia has signed on to appear in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures’ sequel to the 2008 hit musical Mamma Mia!, which is being written and directed by Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

The film will feature the return of Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth, and takes place across two time periods to show how forged in the past resonate in the present. New additions to the cast, portraying younger versions of the original leads, include Lily James Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan and Hugh Skinner. Details of Garcia’s role are being jept under wraps for the time being.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set for release in July 2018. Andy Garcia meanwhile will next be seen in Dean Devlin’s disaster epic Geostorm,
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Tiff 2017: ‘Victoria and Abdul’ Review: Dir. Stephen Frears (2017)

Victoria and Abdul review: Stephen Frears directs this period drama about the relationship between Queen Victoria and young Indian clerk Abdul.

Victoria and Abdul review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Judi Dench returns to the role of Queen Victoria that saw her bag a number of gold statues 20 years ago in Mrs Brown. Victoria & Abdul also wants to remind us of that far superior film, given the number of references made to Victoria’s relationship with John Brown. At one point the titular Abdul (Ali Fazal) is even referred to as ‘the brown John Brown’, perhaps an alternative title for the project, but one that would have been far too challenging and ambitious for such a quaint and meandering feature.

Victoria & Abdul is, of course, a lovely film with a valuable message and good performances, but its absolute lack of ambition somewhat conflicts with the arcs and personalities of the main characters.
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'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Director John Madden to Head Mumbai Film Fest Jury

'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Director John Madden to Head Mumbai Film Fest Jury
British director John Madden, whose credits include crossover hits The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will head up this year's international jury at the Mumbai Film Festival.

Madden, who received an Oscar nomination for best director for his helming of 1998 best picture winner Shakespeare in Love, recently directed the political thriller Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain.

Joining Madden on the Mumbai jury are Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (Silver Light), Chinese-American actress Celina Jade (Wolf Warriors 2), Indian actress-director Konkona Sensharma (Death in the Gunj) and Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre (The Summit).

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Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives

Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives
Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.

The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.

“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”

King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and
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Yes, Summer Box Office Was Bad — and Here’s 6 Reasons Why the Worst is Yet to Come

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Yes, Summer Box Office Was Bad — and Here’s 6 Reasons Why the Worst is Yet to Come
The summer movie season is almost over, and will total about $3.875 billion in North America. That’s a 13 percent drop from last summer; adjusted to the number of tickets sold, it’s the lowest summer in at least 20 years. And when you consider population growth, it’s even worse.

The losers here are the theaters. But for the studios, it validated their decision to make movies that consider the international audience first — which means for domestic theaters, there’s even more bad news to come.

Here’s what we learned on summer vacation:

Yes, there will be more sequels.

In North America, we’re getting sick of sequels — not that it matters. A summer sequel still sees easy entry into the $100 million club, thanks to overseas audiences. “Despicable Me 3” is the #1 film in foreign and worldwide totals, but stands as only #4 in the U.S./Canada. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Ben Whishaw Joins Hugh Grant in BBC’s ‘A Very English Scandal’

Ben Whishaw Joins Hugh Grant in BBC’s ‘A Very English Scandal’
Ben Whishaw is set to play Hugh Grant’s ex-lover in “A Very English Scandal” for BBC One, writer Russell T. Davies said at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival on Friday.

Whishaw will star as Norman Scott, the ex-lover of disgraced British politician Jeremy Thorpe, played by Grant. 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 Scott. He was the first British politician in modern times to stand trial for murder.

The three-part drama is based on a book by British journalist John Preston and written by Davies, who created the modern iteration of “Doctor Who” in 2005 and has more recently created gay dramas “Cucumber” and “Banana,” for Channel 4 and E4, respectively. It will be directed by Stephen Frears, whose latest film, “Victoria & Abdul,” starring Judi Dench, sees its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on
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Mamma Mia 2 Begins Shooting, Lily James Joins Cast

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It's happening again! Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Bj&#246rn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
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Win Their Finest on Blu-ray

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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 to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Sorta Like a Rock Star”

Bryce Dallas Howard in “Black Mirror”: Netflix

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.

The project’s producers include Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (“The Maze Runner”).

“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.
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Bryce Dallas Howard to direct Sorta Like a Rock Star

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).

Howard, who has recently wrapped production on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, has previously directed a number of short films, along with an M-80 music video starring Lily Collins.
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Newswire: Lily James to play young Meryl Streep in the Mamma Mia! sequel

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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.
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Christine Baranski Returning For Universal’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel

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
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'Mamma Mia' Sequel Adds Lily James (Exclusive)

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.

Ol Parker, the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, wrote and will direct Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, with the new musical being slotted for release on July 20, 2018.

Several stars of the original movie — including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried,...
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