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London — Satirical comedy “Kill Your Friends,” about the era of Britpop music, has started lensing in London for a five-week shoot.
Pic is set in London in 1997, when the British music industry is on a winning streak. A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the biz. Fuelled by greed, ambition and drugs, he lives the dream, as he searches for the next hit. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level.
Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jack the Giant Slayer”) takes the lead role of Stelfox, and is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Craig Roberts (“22 Jump Street,” “Submarine”), Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons, »
- Leo Barraclough
Thn have received the news from AI Film, Altitude Film Entertainment, Unigram, Pinewood Productions, and World’s End (that’s a lot isn’t it?) as they announce that the principal photography begins next week on dark and satirical comedy Kill Your Friends about the infamous era of Britpop music with Warner Music Group on board to produce the film’s soundtrack.
That era is exactly when I spent my time going to gigs, fighting my corner for the likes of Pulp and Blur (and then equally Oasis) – so this is right up my alley. This the first-time feature for Owen Harris who’s been working in TV but with good titles including Misfits, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
It’s written by John Niven and based on his cult novel of the same name, Nicholas Houlttakes the lead role of Steven Stelfox »
- Dan Bullock
Corden stars alongside previously-confirmed Hoult, who was announced last month as protagonist Steven Stelfox. Niven has adapted the screenplay from his own novel
The film is set in London circa 1997 and explores the dark side of the Britpop era. During a time when British music was on a winning streak and those involved believed they could do no wrong, A&R agent Stelfox discovers it can all come crashing down.
Production on the film will begin next week and continues in London over the next five weeks.
Producer Gregor Cameron »
• Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer attached to star as the scrappy Florida beach bum Travis McGee in the big-screen adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by (the first in a 21-book series). Though it was being developed for DiCaprio, who earned an Academy nod for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the actor decided to exit due to scheduling conflicts. Still, the project does seem to be moving forward for 20th Century Fox: It was just announced that Wolverine’s James Mangold is in negotiations to direct, and Mystic River’s Dennis Lehane penned the »
- Lindsey Bahr
A movie set in the world of '90s Britpop? That's right up our alley, so we'll be playing close attention to the provocatively-titled "Kill Your Friends." Nicholas Hoult and Jim Piddock will star in the adaptation of the novel by John Niven, that follows "an A&R man who goes to extremes to find the next hit." Here's the Amazon book synopsis: As the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thanks to IGN, we've got a batch of character images and descriptions for Showtime's upcoming "psychosexual thriller" series Penny Dreadful, which has been created by screenwriter John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator, Skyfall), with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call the Midwife) producing....
Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives - Poised, mysterious and utterly composed, Vanessa is a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. She is keenly observant -- clairvoyant even -- as well as an expert medium. Her supernatural gifts are powerful and useful to those around her, particularly Sir Malcolm, but they are also a heavy burden. Her inner demons are very real to her and everyone around her, and they threaten to destroy her relationships, her sanity, and her very life.
- Gary Collinson
Season 1 of CBS‘s Under the Dome was chock full of twists and mysteries and reveals, although not the one we want the most. But do we? Do we want to know the how and why of the dome? Nah, bring on another season! And please add in even more of the creepy weird inexplicable elements.
And here’s someone who knows a thing or two about that. Stephen King himself has written the premiere episode of Season 2, and apparently no one is safe:
Featurette: Under the Dome – Season 2: Start of Production
- Erin Willard
Jack Donnelly has signed with Gersh. He stars as Jason of the Argonauts on the BBC America series Atlantis, which recently was picked up for a second season. Donnelly’s TV credits also include Dancing On The Edge, Misfits and the first season of Nickelodeon’s House Of Anubis. He continues to be repped by Lou Coulson Associates. Trivia game app QuizUp has signed with Wme for representation in all areas to develop its brand and content across entertainment platforms. Plain Vanilla Games’ QuizUp was the most-downloaded free app on iTunes shortly after its November release and has reached more than 10 million users. »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
Turner starred as young soldier Molly Dawes in the BBC drama pilot, which aired in March 2013.
Turner has also recently reprised her role of Stacey Slater on EastEnders after a break of over three years.
Our Girl is expected to air on BBC One later in 2014.
Iwan Rheon: 'I'd be an idiot not to do a Misfits movie' »
Numerous industry professionals took to Twitter during Sunday's (February 16) ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London to debate whether Gravity can be considered a 'British' film.
Trade publication Variety explained that Gravity does qualify as a British film, posting on its Twitter feed: "Gravity qualifies as a British film for 'significant British creative involvement,' though 12 Years a Slave didn't submit in [the] category."
However, Screen International chief reporter Andreas Wiseman expressed the view that Gravity does not pass BAFTA's 'cultural test'.
He tweeted: "A film needs 16 points in the BFI's 'cultural test' to qualify as #British | Does #Gravity pass? Not by my maths." He then included a link to British Film Institute's 'culture test for a film'.
Journalist Guy Lodge of Variety and The Observer wrote on his Twitter page: "I »
Arriving in cinemas and on demand today, Mark Simon Hewis’ 8 Minutes Idle promises to be a charming comedy perfectly timed for the Valentine’s festivities over the weekend, with an element of office romance thrown in for good measure.
Following the rather brilliant first trailer we saw last month, we’ve now got an exclusive new clip from the film to share in tandem with its release, teasing a little of the comedy we can expect. Antonia Thomas’ retorts, in particular, are just genius.
8 Minutes Idle is a contemporary comedy adapted from the award‐winning novel by Bristol author Matt Thorne. This is the story of Dan, early 20s, who gets kicked out of his home by his mother and not knowing who to turn to ends up packing up his most prized possessions and his cat and moves into his office, a Call Centre.
- Kenji Lloyd
Kudos and Channel 4's excellent conspiracy thriller 'Utopia' seems to be getting the unnecessary Us remake treatment by none other than 'The Social Network' director David Fincher. The subject matter for the new show, based on Dennis Kelly's original series, is the perfect fodder for a director like David Fincher ('The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo') but the British version is so rich with style and tension and outstanding performances anyway does an adaptation serve any purpose? Fincher will direct and executive produce alongside 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn. The original 7 episode series starred Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach, Michael Smiley ('Spaced'), Neil Maskell ('Kill List'), 'Misfits' star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Stephen Rea. The second season will air later this year and sees new cast members Rose Leslie ('Game of Thrones') and Ian McDiarmid ('Star Wars »
Tubby funster Nick Frost steps out as the lead in salsa-based rom-com Cuban Fury. Frost plays Bruce, a former teenage salsa dancing extraordinaire who dons his Cuban heels once more in order to woo his new boss Julie, played by the lovely Rashida Jones. Standing in Bruce’s way are unpleasant colleague Drew, a none-more sleazy Chris O’Dowd and his own paralysing neurosis and shattered confidence.
Despite coming from a very televisual background – its director, James Griffiths, is best known (insomuch as he is known at all) for his work on Episodes and its writer and most of its stars made their names in TV – Cuban Fury stands up as one of the better examples of a British rom-com in recent years. »
- Jack Kirby
Nathalie Emmanuel has been promoted to series regular on HBO‘s hit fantasy adventure series "Game Of Thrones." Emmanuel joined the cast of the series in its 3rd season last year, in a recurring role, playing child slave Missandei, servant of Daenerys Targaryen. The 24 year old actress had previously done mostly TV in the UK, and may be best known for her role in the Channel 4 soap opera "Hollyoaks," which she was on from 2006 to 2010. She also appeared in one episode of "Misfits," season 3.Coming up for Emmanuel, she'll play a new female lead in the upcoming "Fast & Furious 7." »
- Natasha Greeves
Nathalie Emmanuel has been promoted to series regular on HBO‘s hit fantasy adventure series "Game Of Thrones." Emmanuel joined the cast of the series in its 3rd season last year, in a recurring role, playing child slave Missandei, servant of Daenerys Targaryen. The 24 year old actress had previously done mostly TV in the UK, and may be best known for her role in the Channel 4 soap opera "Hollyoaks," which she was on from 2006 to 2010. She also appeared in one episode of "Misfits," season 3.Coming up for Emmanuel, she'll play a new female lead in the upcoming "Fast & Furious 7."
- Natasha Greeves
Earlier this year we got some scoop on what's coming up when "Under the Dome" Season 2 kicks off this summer, and now we have casting news for two new characters who will be joining the fray. Both Eddie Cahill and Karla Crome are now on board; read on for the details.
The character is described as "a handsome recluse and former Emt who can hold his own against Big Jim and forms a deep connection with Julia (Rachelle Lefevre)."
UK actress Karla Crome (pictured below right; "Misfits," "Prisoners Wives"), meanwhile, will make her Us TV debut as Rebecca, "a beautiful teacher who is athletic, smart, tough, and sexy. She grew up as an Army brat and lived »
- Debi Moore
The CW’s Flash pilot just added two more cast members. Deadline reports that Girlfriends alum Candice Patton will play Iris West, Barry Allen‘s best friend. Additionally, Broadway star Carlos Valdes (Once) has been cast to play an engineering genius named Cisco Ramon. Both names should be familiar to DC comics fans but since Arrow has had a character called “Speedy” and another named Roy Harper who didn’t end up the way we would have expected, don’t nerd out too quickly.
Transgender activist Janet Mock has called out Piers Morgan Live for an interview segment that was edited to focus on the physical aspects of her transition and her relationships, sensationalizing Mock’s story with similarly sensational descriptions for Mock appearing on screen. Is it really that hard for people like Morgan or Katie Couric to do some basic research on the topic they’re about to discuss? »
- Lyle Masaki
24: Live Another Day
Citing personal reasons, Judy Davis has dropped out of a key role in multiple episodes of Fox's event series "24: Live Another Day".
Davis would've played Margot, a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist. Casting has immediately begun to find a replacement as filming not he series is already underway. [Source: The Live Feed]
Cahill plays Sam, a reclusive former Emt and brother-in-law to Big Jim (Dean Norris) who forms a deep connection with Julia (Rachelle Lefevre). Crome plays a Rebecca, a beautiful teacher and Army brat who has lived around the world. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
CBS has added two new regular cast members to its Stephen King adaptation, and tapped a vet from “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Shield” for its upcoming planted “NCIS” spinoff. “CSI: NY” star Eddie Cahill will play Sam on “Under the Dome,” which is preparing to enter its second season. Described as a handsome recluse and former Emt, Sam can hold his own against his brother-in-law Big Jim (Dean Norris) and forms a deep connection with Julia (Rachelle Lefevre). Also read: Zoe McLellan Joins CBS’s ‘NCIS’ Spinoff “Misfits” actress Karla Crome will play Rebecca, a beautiful school teacher who’s also athletic, »
- Tim Kenneally
It just got a little more crowded under the dome.
EW has learned that CSI: NY alum Eddie Cahill has just joined season 2 of CBS’s summer drama Under the Dome as a series regular. Cahill will play a character named Sam, a former Emt and brother-in-law to notoriously difficult Big Jim (Dean Norris). Per a casting description, the character will also form a “deep connection” with Rachelle Lefevre’s Julia.
- Sandra Gonzalez
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