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Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger refugee drama 'Home' sets release

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Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger refugee drama 'Home' sets release
Exclusive: Film supported by the Un to be released on World Refugee Day.

A film highlighting the refugee crisis, starring Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, Money Monster) and Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations, Cinderella), has been set for release across the UK on World Refugee Day - June 20, 2016.

Home, a 20-minute short that was shot in three countries, is supported by the Unhcr, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency.

Written and directed by Daniel Mulloy, who won a BAFTA in 2005 for short film Antonio’s Breakfast, the film centres on a comfortable English family who experience a life-changing journey.

Mulloy said: “We want to address the disconnect with refugees and do something to rip down the sense of them and us.”

Artists including Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley donated music for the soundtrack.

The project is further supported by augmented reality and visual discovery app Blippar. For the first time ever on World Refugee Day, users will be
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Holliday Grainger, '52 Tuesdays' director team on 'Animals'

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Exclusive: Great Expectations star to lead Sophie Hyde-Emma Jane Unsworth adaptation.

Great Expectations star Holliday Grainger, recently on screens in Cinderella and The Finest Hours, is attached to star in Animals, which marks Australian director Sophie Hyde’s first film following Sundance and Berlin winner 52 Tuesdays in 2014.

The film is an adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s well-received novel, which was featured by Lena Dunham as one of her favourite books of 2015 on Lenny Letter, and described by Caitlin Moran as “Withnail with girls”. The book also won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

Emma Jane Unsworth has written the screenplay for the Manchester-set comedy about two female friends whose hedonistic friendship is tested when one gets engaged to an ambitious teetotal pianist.

Producer is Screen Star Of Tomorrow Sarah Brocklehurst, who was BAFTA-nominated for her debut feature Black Pond, through production company Sarah Brocklehurst Productions.

The film has been developed by Creative England through the BFI
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European Union’s Media Program Celebrates 25 Years of Cultural Support

European Union’s Media Program Celebrates 25 Years of Cultural Support
In era of continued friction among European Union states, and an upcoming EU referendum in Blighty that may see the country exit the 28-member state in June, Creative Europe’s Media Program has long been a haven of openness and inclusiveness across the creative industries.

There are seven film in Cannes Competition they have tapped Media funding, including Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Founded in 1991 by the EU, the Media Program set out to support collaboration and cultural diversity among European audiovisual players in what was, at the time, a fragmented market. Focusing initially on film content, the program has since diversified its reach to TV and gaming in response to the media sector’s changing landscape.

In the past 25 years, Media has invested €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) into film, television and video content across development, promotion and distribution within the continent and beyond.

“In Europe, we are very proud of our heritage
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Holliday Grainger, Max Irons join Jane Austen adaptation 'Sanditon'

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Holliday Grainger, Max Irons join Jane Austen adaptation 'Sanditon'
Exclusive: The Riot Club duo join Charlotte Rampling in upcoming comedy sold by Goldcrest.

Holliday Grainger (Cinderella) and Max Irons (Woman In Gold) are to join Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) in Jane Austen adaptation Sanditon, which is due to shoot in the UK in June.

The adaptation of Jane Austen’s never-before dramatised final novel will be directed by Jim O’Hanlon (A Hundred Streets), director of the 2009 BBC TV adaptation of Austen’s Emma.

Script comes from British playwright Simon Reade who produces with Guy de Beaujeu for Fluidity Films (Private Peaceful). Goldcrest Films will finance and handle sales.

In Sanditon, when Charlotte Heywood (Holliday Grainger) is invited by eternal optimist and entrepreneur Tom Parker to spend the summer season at Sanditon she accepts immediately, intrigued to see (not so) polite society at play in the newly fashionable sea bathing resort.

There she meets a host of classic Austen characters from the imperious nouveau-riche Lady Denham (Rampling
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Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor might be back to make a Porno

Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor might be back to make a Porno
News of a possible Trainspotting sequel - based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno, released in 2002 - has left us climbing on the ceiling with anticipation. Could director Danny Boyle really wrangle together the cast once more? And could Trainspotting 2 - as they definitely won't call it - live up to the hype?

With the 20th anniversary coming up just next year, here's what Spud and company have been up to since they all chose life...

Digital Spy's Porno poster:

The original Trainspotting poster:

1. Robert Carlyle

Character: Francis "Franco" Begbie

Age then: 33

Age now: 54

Biggest acting gigs since: The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and TV's Once Upon A Time, Stargate Universe and 24: Redemption

Carlyle joined forces with Boyle again on The Beach, and worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in 51st State, but his "career highlight" has been directing his first film, The Legend of Barney Thomson,
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Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor want to make a Porno

Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor want to make a Porno
News of a possible Trainspotting sequel - based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno, released in 2002 - has left us climbing on the ceiling with anticipation. Could director Danny Boyle really wrangle together the cast once more? And could Trainspotting 2 - as they definitely won't call it - live up to the hype?

With the 20th anniversary coming up just next year, here's what Spud and company have been up to since they all chose life...

Digital Spy's Porno poster:

The original Trainspotting poster:

1. Robert Carlyle

Character: Francis "Franco" Begbie

Age then: 33

Age now: 54

Biggest acting gigs since: The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and TV's Once Upon A Time, Stargate Universe and 24: Redemption

Carlyle joined forces with Boyle again on The Beach, and worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in 51st State, but his "career highlight" has been directing his first film, The Legend of Barney Thomson,
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The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death DVD Review

Director: Tom Harper

Writer: Jon Croker, from a story by Susan Hill

Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, Adrian Rawlins, Leanne Best, Ned Dennehy, Oaklee Pendergast

Cert: 15

Running Time: 98 mins

Special Features: Deleted Scene / Featurettes / Jeremy Irvine: “Great Expectations” interview

For many years British horror brand Hammer Films lay seemingly dormant, its blood curdled and its back catalogue of famous monsters consigned to nostalgia territory. However today the studio coffin is open for business, down in no small part to the success of 2012’s The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Using the classic novella by Susan Hill as a starting point, it was the perfect Gothic chiller with which to help revive their fortunes.

Of course Hammer were never ones to shy away from a sequel, and just as the late, great Christopher Lee put in numerous appearances as Dracula, so the ghostly “heroine” has been
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'Far from the Madding Crowd' (2015) Movie Review

Just the most recent adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romance novel, director Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd is a painterly film, every image of it captured and displayed on screen is so rich and neatly framed, colors vibrant, landscapes captivatingly photographed. I don't know much about the technical craft of shooting a film but this new take on the story results in a very appealing picture to look at from its first frame to its last. Unfortunately, the film's beauty is too often found on the surface and not beneath it, a polished veneer without the underlying heart to fully sustain it. Based on Hardy's Brit-lit classic, Far from the Madding Crowd is set during the late 1800s, a time when men ran everything. Err, almost everything. Enter Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a successful, headstrong woman and the sole heir to one of the largest farms in the region,
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Far from the Madding Crowd movie review: a woman’s choices

Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have read the source material (but not since high school and have no strong memory of it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The novel it’s based on is a century and a half old, and it opens with a mad-sheepdog accident, of all the crazy rural old-fashioned things, but this new cinematic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us in our stodgy convention-bound movie landscape. And it’s not always modern in positive ways! The challenges faced by
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Far From the Madding Crowd | Review

It’s All About Love: Vinterberg Revamps Hardy’s Classic Romance

Inevitably, we would have seen some filmmaker tackle a revamp of Thomas Hardy’s classic 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd, so it’s mostly surprising to note that it wasn’t Michael Winterbottom, who has made several Hardy adaptations since the 1990s. Instead, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg takes the reins from director John Schlesinger, who previously held credit for a famous 1967 adaptation starring Julie Christie, with Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the trio of suitors (and let’s not forget to mention a modern reimagining of this novel, the comic strip serial Tamara Drewe, made into a film by Stephen Frears in 2010). Curiously, this is Vinterberg’s follow-up to his 2012 critically acclaimed title The Hunt, which won Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor at Cannes and received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film, making
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BBC Films unveils 25th anniversary slate

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Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.

BBC Films has revealed details of its upcoming slate, which includes new projects from Ricky Gervais, Armando Iannucci, James Marsh and Ritesh Batra.

The slate of projects was revealed during an event in London to celebrate the 25th birthday of BBC Films, whose first first theatrical production, Truly Madly Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella, was released in 1990.

As previously reported, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending.

The adaptation is the debut screenplay of award-winning playwright Nick Payne and tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world is rocked to its foundations by the emergence of an explosive letter from his careless youth.

David Thompson will produce for Origin Pictures.

Rafe Spall is confirmed for Swallows and Amazons, a reinvention of Arthur Ransome’s classic. Written by Andrea Gibb, the film will
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Cinderella movie review: fifty shades of ash

A product of the Disney princess machine. Its highest ambition is to move a new line of toys. Or to evoke despair in the fairy-tale-ization of girls’ lives. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve enjoyed director Kenneth Branagh’s movies

I’m “biast” (con): I’m so done with princess crap

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is how it begins, the fairy-tale-ization of little girls’ lives. Make sure to get ’em while they’re young, and tell ’em: You don’t need any discernible personality or interest in the world to be successful as a lady. Just “be kind,” even to the point of being a doormat; for god’s sake, don’t make waves or complain, just endure whatever abuse the world throws at you even if you could easily walk away from it. As a reward, eventually, luck and magic will
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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death movie review: orphan blech

Thinks it’s hitting notes of subconscious dread, but it’s just swinging a sledgehammer of tropes and hoping one of them sticks. (Spoiler: None do.) I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t enamored of the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We know why the 2012 Woman in Black watered down the scares from the long-running West End stage play it was adapted from: Because it was starring Daniel Radcliffe (even though he was too young for the role), and it couldn’t afford to exclude the Harry Potter crowd from its potential audience. But what’s the sequel’s excuse? Not adapted from anything — certainly not a play that remains, almost 20 years later, one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen anywhere — it doesn’t feature any stars of global kiddie-flavored blockbusters. This may be slightly more intense that the first film,
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AFM: New Distributors Energize Indie Market

With the seven major studios devoting increasing focus on tentpoles, the indie sector is seeing a welcome emergence of new distributors.

The biggest splash this year has come from 6-month-old Saban Films, which bought three films — John Travolta’s “The Forger,” Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” and Hayden Christensen’s “American Heist” — at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. That’s been a tonic to the volatile world of independent producers.

The label is looking for mid-range commercial fare and the occasional prestige title — such as “The Homesman,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, which it acquired at Cannes. It’s the first release from Saban Films, opening Nov. 14 as awards season gains traction, and should send a message to the industry.

“Releasing ‘The Homesman’ shows that we’re in this seriously,” Saban Films president Bill Bromiley says.

Another upstart making waves is Broad Green Pictures, which picked up “99 Homes,” starring
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The Riot Club movie review: bad boys never lose

Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. But they get the last laugh: These guys are the future masters of the universe. Hooray. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read (or seen) the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. Oh, don’t worry: They don’t have feelings, and even if they did, they wouldn’t care what us poor proles think of them. Anyway, they’ll get the last laugh: One of these guys is probably a future U.K. Prime Minister. Fictionally speaking, of course. Not at all based on the notorious Oxford University secret society the Bullingdon Club (David Cameron is a former member), this is a completely 100-percent made-up tale of Oxford’s Riot Club, a literal old boys club whose overprivileged, underhuman members enjoy
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Make a Date with The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Last week Relativity closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, and today we have a release date. Look for the film in theaters on January 30, 2015.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).

To be released by eOne in the UK on Friday, February 13, 2015, the film is directed by Tom Harper and was shot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.

Synopsis

England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz,
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Kyle Gallner Witnesses Chris Pine's 'Finest Hours' as Shooting Begins

Disney had already slated Chris Pine and Casey Affleck to star in their thrilling drama The Finest Hours, the story set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were split in two, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the Us and Atlantic Canada. On a small lifeboat faced with freezing cold and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel. Now producion has begun in Quincy and Chatham, Massachusetts and two more cast members have been revealed as the cameras start rolling. The press release from Disney reveals that Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre) will have an unspecified role in the film that
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Relativity Scares Up The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.

"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo,
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Jeremy Irvine Thriller ‘World Made Straight’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Jeremy Irvine Thriller ‘World Made Straight’ Gets U.S. Distribution
Millennium Entertainment has acquired all domestic rights for the coming-of-age thriller “The World Made Straight,” starring Jeremy Irvine.

Millenium will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February.

It’s the first deal for the company since its Aug. 19 announcement that its catalog and distribution platform has been sold to management team and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group.

The World Made Straight” also stars Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment. David Burris (“Survivor”) directed from Shane Danielsen’s script, based on the novel by Ron Rash.

Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.

Set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present, the movie follows a rebellious young man as he struggles to decide between the troubled path he is on and the chance at a new life.

The soundtrack includes tracks by Glen Hansard, Ellie Goulding and Steve Earle.
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Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly Thriller ‘The World Made Straight’ Acquired by Millennium

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Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly Thriller ‘The World Made Straight’ Acquired by Millennium
Millennium Entertainment announced the acquisition of Jeremy Irvine and Minka Kelly‘s coming of age thriller “The World Made Straight” on Wednesday. The film, directed by Emmy-nominee David Burris and based on a novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash and adapted by Shane Danielsen, also stars Noah Wyle, Haley Joel Osment and Adelaide Clemens. The plot centers around Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”), who stars as Travis, a heavily conflicted rebellious young man in a dangerous rural setting. Also read: ‘War Horse’ Star Jeremy Irvine to Lead Roland Emmerich's Gay Rights Drama “The World Made Straight” was produced by Todd Labarowski.
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