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Lionsgate U.K. Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Variety

10 December 2015 3:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Tuesday, Variety and Lionsgate U.K. held a joint party at The Lanesborough, a Central London hotel, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the British movie distributor.

Alberto Lopez, international director of Variety, spoke of Lionsgate U.K.’s “passion, commitment and ambition” for supporting British films and filmmakers.

Lionsgate U.K. CEO Zygi Kamasa responded: “We are incredibly proud of what we have done in the last 10 years: the growth in the number of movies, both American films, but in particular our support of British films. It’s a passion we’ve had for the last 10 years and we actually did a count: we’ve done 58 British movies in 10 years, which we are really proud of. In the last three years alone, we’ve released 20 British films theatrically. So hopefully we’re going to carry on giving that support in the next 10 years.”

He thanked the team at Lionsgate U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Anna Friel to Star in Crime Drama ‘Marcella’ from ‘The Bridge’ Writer Hans Rosenfeldt

5 November 2015 2:58 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Anna Friel and “Downton Abbey’s” Laura Carmichael are to star in crime drama “Marcella,” written by “The Bridge” scribe Hans Rosenfeldt. ITV has greenlit the show.

The eight-part series will also star Nicholas Pinnock (“Fortitude,” “Captain America”), Ian Puleston-Davies (“Coronation Street,” “Being Human”), Nina Sosanya (“W1A,” “Last Tango in Halifax”), Ray Panthaki (“Convenience”), Jamie Bamber (“Law & Order: UK,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Patrick Baladi (“The Office,” “Mistresses”), and Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones,” “The Theory of Everything”).

“Marcella,” which is set in contemporary London with a police detective at its heart, is produced by Buccaneer Media and co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development executive on “The Tunnel” and “Dracula”). It is Rosenfeldt’s first exclusively created drama for the U.K. audience following “The Bridge,” a Swedish/Danish co-production which achieved critical acclaim when it began broadcasting in the U.K. in 2014.

The multi-layered noir thriller will »

- Leo Barraclough

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More Aussies enlist for Mel’s Hacksaw Ridge

29 September 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh, Teresa Palmer and Ben O.Toole are among a large contingent of Aussies who are appearing in Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson.s WW2 drama now shooting in New South Wales.

The screenplay by Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace chronicles the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield).

In the battle of Okinawa Doss, an Army medic who believed the war was just but that killing was wrong, saved 75 soldiers without firing a gun.

As previously announced Sam Worthington is playing Captain Glover, who led the 77th Sustainment Brigade, with Vince Vaughn as Sergeant Howell, whose job was to get the new recruits ready for battle. Luke Bracey is Smitty Ryker, the alpha dog of the Doss. platoon.

Palmer plays Doss.s sweetheart Dorothy Shutte and Griffiths is his mother Bertha Doss. Roxburgh is Colonel Stelzer and O.Toole is Corporal Jessop.

The »

- Don Groves

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'Access All Areas' starts Bestival shoot

10 September 2015 2:55 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Ella Purnell stars in the production, which will film throughout the musical festival.

Teen road trip movie Access All Areas has commenced its shoot at Bestival, the music festival held on the Isle of Wight that runs Sept 10-13.

The production will then move to Bristol to film on location and will run for five weeks in total.

Bryn Higgins directs Oliver Veysey’s screenplay, which follows a group of frustrated teenagers who embark on a road trip to a music festival to escape their everyday lives.

The cast includes Ella Purnell, a former Screen Star of Tomorrow who has appeared Maleficent and Kick-Ass 2, newcomer Edward Bluemel, Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Jordan Stephens (half of the English hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks).

Writer Veysey is producing for new outfit Camden Film Co. alongside Bill Curbishley, who was a producer on Quadrophenia in 1979 and more recently worked on [link »

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Watch another new clip from The Bad Education Movie

20 August 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release tomorrow, another new clip entitled “Chuffers” has debuted from The Bad Education Movie, the feature version of the hit British sitcom Bad Education. Take a look below…

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Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other, the best school trip ever!

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Bad Education Movie

Set for release on August 21st in the UK, The Bad Education Movie sees Jack Whitehall reuniting with Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Sarah Solemani (Him & Her) and his class of pupils Ethan Lawrence, »

- Gary Collinson

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New clip from The Bad Education Movie

18 August 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just three days to go before its UK release, a new clip has arrived online for the feature version of the hit British sitcom The Bad Education Movie which stars Jack Whitehall. Take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Bad Education Movie

Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other, the best school trip ever!

Set for release on August 21st in the UK, The Bad Education Movie sees Whitehall reuniting with Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Sarah Solemani (Him & Her) and his class of pupils Ethan Lawrence, Layton Williams, Nikki Runeckles, »

- Gary Collinson

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Mr. Holmes movie review: the case of the missing myth

22 July 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson Join ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’

13 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Downton Abbey” actress Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, who was Oscar nominated for “In the Bedroom” and “Michael Clayton,” and Andrew Scott (“Sherlock,” “Pride,” “Spectre”) have joined the cast of Simon Aboud’s “This Beautiful Fantastic,” which starts to shoot this week in London.

The feature project has been greenlit by Ambi Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, with Christine Alderson and her Ipso Facto production banner.

Others in the cast include Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Now is Good,” “The Railway Man”), Anna Chancellor (“What a Girl Wants,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) and Sheila Hancock (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “3 Men and a Little Lady”).

This Beautiful Fantastic” is a contemporary fairy-tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful »

- Leo Barraclough

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Director sticks with British drama

5 July 2015 8:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

After directing two episodes of the second series of Broadchurch, Jonathan Teplitzky is in Malaysia calling the shots on three episodes of Indian Summers.

Set in colonial India in 1935, the second season of Indian Summers chronicles the further decline of the British Empire and clashes with the locals who are desperate for independence.

Julie Walters stars alongside. James Fleet, Rachel Griffiths and Art Malik. Walters portrays Cynthia, a widow and doyenne of the expats Royal Club in Shimla, a town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley) is Lord Hawthorne, Malik is the Maharaja Maritpur and Griffiths is his enigmatic Australian mistress Sirene.

The drama, which airs on the UK's Channel 4 and here on BBC First, is the second collaboration between Teplitzky and Griffiths: she co-starred in his 2011 film Burning Man with Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic and Essie Davis.

The series is being filmed in Penang, »

- Don Groves

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Exclusive: A dust storm won't stop Nicole Kidman in new 'Strangerland' clip

1 July 2015 2:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nicole Kidman could have taken her career in a number of different directions, but after dipping her toe in some studio misfires in the mid-2000's she continues to make daring choices that many other actors with her notoriety would shy away from.  In the past two years she's starred in the polarizing "Stoker," the art house hit "The Railway Man," took on "Grace of Monaco" (a film that had a dramatically different original screenplay), made kids tremble as the villain in the family blockbuster "Paddington" and played Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" which debuted at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.  But, wait.  There's more. Kidman has already finished shooting the big screen adaptation of "Lion," has a significant role in Billy Ray's remake of "The Secret in Their Eyes" and stars opposite Jason Bateman in his highly anticipated drama "The Family Fang" (which has »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The Bad Education Movie set for release in August, first poster arrives online

29 June 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jack Whitehall’s Alfi Wickers is heading to the big screen this summer for The Bad Education Movie, and Entertainment Film Distributors has announced today that the feature version of the hit British sitcom is set to arrive in UK cinemas on Friday August 21st. Here’s the official poster…

Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other, the best school trip ever!

The Bad Education Movie sees Whitehall reuniting with Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Sarah Solemani (Him & Her) and his class of pupils Ethan Lawrence, Layton Williams, Nikki Runeckles, Kae Alexander, Weruche Opia, Jack Binstead and Charlie Wernham, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Railway Man: a tale of torture and redemption

24 June 2015 1:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Colin Firth stars in this adaptation of the memoirs of a Pow tortured by the Japanese military during the second world war. No movie could recreate such horrors, but it’s easy to forgive this redemptive tale its mild flights of fancy

The Railway Man (2013)

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: B+

Related: The Railway Man's forgotten family: 'We were victims of torture too'

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- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Film Review: ‘Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad’

4 June 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Premiering out of competition — and by extension, out of the spotlight — at the same edition of the Cannes Film Festival that begat “Son of Saul,” polemical French director Robert Guediguian’s “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” grapples with many of the same questions of irreparable damage and historical representation that surround another of the 20th century’s unreconciled genocides, albeit in a far less conceptual or arresting way. Addressing the still scandalously under-represented Armenian tragedy not via the mass exterminations that targeted his own ancestors, but rather through later generations’ subsequent attempts at revenge, Guediguian sides with the activists’ cause even as he condemns their methods. While the subject deserves further attention, the hard truth is that this “crazy story’s” moral complexity, combined with the lack of a clear protagonist, renders its telling dramatically inert — and therefore unlikely to significantly impact attitudes either in France or abroad. »

- Peter Debruge

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Acs salutes The Railway Man, Lesnie

3 May 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Railway Man.s Garry Phillips won the Gold Tripod for best feature at the Australian Cinematographers Society (Acs) national awards, an event dedicated to the memory of Andrew Lesnie. Phillips also got the Acs.s highest honour, the Milli Award, for which all Golden Tripod recipients were eligible.

Ben Nott received an award of distinction in the feature category for Predestination. Adam Arkapaw.s True Detectives episode 4 was feted for best telefeature, miniseries, TV drama or comedy, and Andrew Commis got the award. of distinction for Devil's Playground. Best dramatised documentary was Jim Frater.s The War That Changed Us episode 1. Joel Lawrence won the best international news award for Tsunami Anniversary. The audience at the awards, which were presented on Saturday night at Moma, stood for a minute's silence for Oscar-winner Lesnie, 59, who died last Monday. . National president Ron Johanson said, .We need to acknowledge the love and »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Six Sales Takes Rebecca Ferguson-Starrer ‘Snow’ (Exclusive)

24 April 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.

Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.

Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man »

- John Hopewell

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Australian films on the rebound

22 April 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian films are experiencing a resurgence in cinemas this year, raking in $21.7 million through April 20.

That.s way up on the $13.7 million collected in the first four months last year, when The Railway Man, Wolf Creek 2 and Tracks were the only significant contributors.

Given the upcoming release line-up including George Miller.s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin, Brendan Cowell's Ruben Guthrie,. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker, Simon Stone.s The Daughter and Michael Petroni.s Backtrack, the industry is on course to far surpass the 2014. total of $26.1 million from 39 films and feature documentaries plus holdovers.

Almost certainly 2015 will be a far bigger year for Oz cinema than 2013.s $38.5 million, and probably 2012.s $47.8 million. In the past 10 years the record is 2009.s $54.7 million.

This year local films are benefitting from an exceptionally buoyant trading period at the nation.s cinemas. Through the end »

- Don Groves

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Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25 March 2015 6:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa has signed a long-term agreement to stay at the company and has taken on the role of CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.

Lionsgate UK recently expanded its distribution slate to include Summit as well as Lionsgate releases (for Summit titles produced after July 2015). 

Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Zygi Kamasa Signs Deal to Continue as CEO of Lionsgate UK, Expands European Responsibilities

25 March 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”

Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.

“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”

Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »

- Leo Barraclough

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New formula to measure global impact of Oz films

8 March 2015 4:56 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Judging Australian films. success or failure by their local B.O. results is unfair and misleading, according to several academics who have devised a new formula for measuring the global impact of individual titles.

Dubbed film impact rating (Fir), the metric assesses films on 14 criteria including the location, volume and saturation of film screenings including film festivals; critic and user ratings, award nominations and wins; and Australian and international B.O. returns and production budget as a percentage of worldwide B.O.

The study.s authors Deb Verhoeven, Alwyn Davidson and Bronwyn Coate tracked 134 Australian films, including co-productions, that screened between December 1 2012 and June 1 2014.

By that yardstick, Saving My Banks had the greatest impact worldwide, narrowly ahead of The Great Gatsby, despite the gap in their total B.O. earnings: $US112.5 million for the Disney film co-produced by Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie, versus $351 million for Baz.s extravaganza. »

- Don Groves

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The Walking Dead, Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut & Hannibal Nominated in 41st Annual Saturn Awards

4 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They've done what they've had to do to survive on AMC's The Walking Dead, brining hope and despair to palpable life on the small screen with gritty realism every week. Covered in grime, splattered in blood, and trudging down the sun-baked backroads and brush-bordered trails this season, the stellar cast and crew of The Walking Dead have paid their dues and then some, and now they're getting a tip of the cap in return with seven nominations for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards.

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, and Andrew J. West have all earned nominations, with the TV series itself receiving one as well. Also recognized in this year's nominations is Scream Factory's Nightbreed: The Director's Cut Blu-ray, NBC's Hannibal TV series, Only Lovers Left Alive, and many more.

Press Release - "The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announces the »

- Derek Anderson

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