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Jacqueline Bisset Joins Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Best Day of My Life’ (Exclusive)

Jacqueline Bisset Joins Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Best Day of My Life’ (Exclusive)
Jacqueline Bisset has joined Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic drama “Best Day of My Life” and will portray the mother of Parker’s character, Variety has learned exclusively.

Renee Zellweger, Common, Isabella Rossellini, Simon Baker, Taylor Kinney, and Gus Birney are also starring.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is producing. Parker portrays a jazz vocalist in New York City who receives a diagnosis that shatters her world as she prepares for a world tour. Bisset portrays a woman who mostly speaks French who comes to visit her daughter the weekend of her New York performances.

Fabien Constant is directing the film from a screenplay written by Laura Eason. Parker will also serve as producer alongside Alison Benson, Iervolino and Bacardi. The movie is being executive produced by Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films, who are co-financing the film.

Ambi Distribution is handles worldwide sales. CAA
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Jacqueline Bisset to Star in “Journey to Miyakojima”

Jacqueline Bisset in “Dancing on the Edge

Jacqueline Bisset has signed on to topline “Journey to Miyakojima,” Variety reports. Scheduled to begin shooting this October in Japan, the family drama centers on “a quietly ailing” family matriarch and NBA team owner who hopes to “reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home,” the source summarizes. She convinces her granddaughter, who suffers from an eating disorder that’s getting increasingly serious, to stay at a guesthouse on the island, “where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.”

The 2015 Lily Tomlin-starrer “Grandma” also explored the relationship between a grandmother and her in-crisis granddaughter. “The Americans’” Julia Garner portrayed a teenager dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.

“Journey to Miyakojima’s” cast includes Eriko Takeda (“Venus and Apollo”) and Mari Natsuki (“It’s Not That I Can’t Get Married, I Just Don’t Do It”). Slony Sow (“Parisiennes”) is writing and directing the drama.

Bisset’s recent credits include “Miss You Already,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and “Dancing on the Edge.” She won a Golden Globe for her performance in the latter, a BBC miniseries about a jazz band.

Jacqueline Bisset to Star in “Journey to Miyakojima” 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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Jacqueline Bisset to Star in Drama ‘Journey to Miyakojima’ (Exclusive)

Jacqueline Bisset to Star in Drama ‘Journey to Miyakojima’ (Exclusive)
Jacqueline Bisset has been cast in the lead role in the family drama “Journey to Miyakojima,” which will begin filming in Japan in October.

French helmer Slony Sow is directing from his own script. Paul Hoppe is the producer and Nick Kambayashi is executive producing. Aun Entertainment and Licri are the production companies.

Bisset will play a quietly ailing family matriarch and NBA team owner who is hoping to reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home. She persuades her granddaughter, whose eating disorder is escalating, to take up residence at a guesthouse on the island — where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.

The cast includes Akira Emoto, Eriko Takeda, and Mari Natsuki.

Bisset stars in “L’Amant Double,” a Palme d’Or contender at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival,
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‘Get Out’ Actor Marcus Henderson Cast In ‘Juanita’

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Exclusive: Marcus Henderson, who appeared in Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy blockbuster Get Out from Blumhouse/Universal, has joined Alfre Woodard in Juanita, with The Wire director Clark Johnson attached to helm. Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson, Tsulan Cooper and Kat Smith also have been cast in the film adaptation of Sheila Williams’ novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. The drama follows Juanita (Woodard) who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban…
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Alfre Woodard to Star in “Juanita”

Alfre Woodard in “Luke Cage

Alfre Woodard has signed on to star in “Juanita,” an indie drama based on Sheila Williams’ 2002 novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof,” Variety reports. The “Luke Cage” actress is also among the project’s executive producers.

Scheduled to begin production next week in Virginia, “Juanita” sees the four-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee playing “a hard-working nursemaid, living in Columbus, Ohio, whose grown kids still depend on her for everything,” the source summarizes. “[Blair] Underwood appears as himself as a fantasy in her dreams — and when he asks for a loan, she hops on a Greyhound Bus and heads into the mountains of Montana, where she reinvents herself with a new job, a new circle of friends, and an unexpected new love.”

The film is directed by Clark Johnson (“S.W.A.T.”) and written by Roderick Spencer. Mel Jones and Homegrown PicturesStephanie Allain are among the project’s executive producers.

Woodard’s recent credits include “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “State of Affairs,” the latter of which saw the actress playing the first prominent black female president in film and TV history.

Alfre Woodard to Star in “Juanita” 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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Casting call for Netflix feature film ‘Juanita’

The Netflix feature film “Juanita” is seeking all types of people to appear in the film as fully paid extras. “Juanita” is based on the novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof” by Sheila Williams, and centers on Juanita Lewis, who is a hard-working African-American woman, living in Columbus, Ohio, and her kids are [...]
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‘Counterpart’: Jacqueline Bisset, Stefan Kapicic, Five More Set To Recur On Starz Spy Thriller

Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge), Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool), Jacqueline Antaramian (Madame Secretary), Liv Lisa Fries (Zurich), Christiane Paul (The Wave), General Hospital alum Ingo Rademacher and Marco Khan (10,000 BC) have joined Counterpart, Starz's upcoming spy thriller, in recurring roles. From Mrc, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films, Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he…
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'Life' Star Ariyon Bakare on Wanting to Be America’s "Elegant Black British Guy"

'Life' Star Ariyon Bakare on Wanting to Be America’s
The U.K. could soon lose another one of its acting talents to the lures of the U.S.

Ariyon Bakare, after a career spanning two decades on British TV in shows such as Doctors, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Dancing on the Edge, alongside some acclaimed stage performances, has Hollywood in his sights.

While the Londoner has already notched up a number of smaller roles in some major blockbusters — most notably The Dark Knight and Rogue One (playing Blue Squadron pilot Blue Four, no less) — in Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller Life, released by Sony on Friday, he’s found...
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Martin Phipps And Ruth Barrett Victoria Original Soundtrack Available Now

Dubois Records, in cooperation with Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece will release the Victoria – Original Soundtrack digitally on all music streaming platforms to coincide with the Us release of the television series on PBS this coming weekend. The album features the limited series’ original score by multi-bafta and Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Phipps (Woman In Gold, The Keeping Room) and Ruth Barrett (City Of Tiny Lights, Whitechapel) with vocals from the Mediaeval Baebes. Victoria was first aired on ITV in the UK on August 28, 2016.

Phipps says: “The idea was to give Victoria a dynamic voice, an explosive theme through which we could rejoice in her strength & courage. The Mediaeval Baebes were the perfect sound for this. With one foot in the classical world & one in the commercial, they gave Victoria the mixture of refinement & attitude I was after.”

Barrett says: “I started composing from episode 2, weaving in some of Martin
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Jacqueline Bisset Starring in French Thriller ‘L’Amant Double’ (Exclusive)

Jacqueline Bisset Starring in French Thriller ‘L’Amant Double’ (Exclusive)
French director Francois Ozon (“The Swimming Pool”) has set Jacqueline Bisset to team with French stars Marine Vacth and Jeremie Renier in the French language feature “L’Amant Double.”

The erotic thriller begins filming this week in Paris with Ozon directing from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Producers are Eric and Nicolas Altmeyer for their Mandarin Productions company.

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Charlotte Rampling on Getting Her Start in Film With Jacqueline Bisset, Jane Birkin

Bisset, a native of the U.K., began her career in 1968 with roles in “The Detective,” “Bullitt” and “The Sweet Ride.” Variety reported in March that Bisset had come aboard “Backstabbing for Beginners” as the female lead, joining Ben Kingsley and Theo James in the political thriller for Danish director Per Fly.

Bisset portrayed the wife of a fictional politician, inspired by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in 2014’s “Welcome to New York” and received a
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Golden Globes Predictions: What TV Series Will Be Nominated?

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Golden Globes Predictions: What TV Series Will Be Nominated?
Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. pride themselves on their unpredictability — so trying to guess what TV series will earn a nomination is an exercise in near futility. Unlike the film race, which can have a certain steady momentum based on the guild and critics picks, the TV categories have little to guide them. Witness last year’s “Mozart in the Jungle” selection, which few could have foreseen.

Sources say this year Netflix’s “The Crown” is a lock, as are NBC’s “This Is Us” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” So which dramas are in play for the precious fifth slot? And what programs are contending for the comedy series and miniseries/TV movie categories? Read on for a peek inside Variety’s very cloudy crystal ball.

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“The Americans” — FX

The Globes have yet to recognize FX’s stellar spy drama
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Acorn In Bed With ‘Close To The Enemy’; Boards WWII Drama As U.S. Co-Producer

Continuing its dive into originals, Acorn Media Enterprises has partnered with All3Media International and the BBC as the North American co-producer on period drama Close To The Enemy. Jim Sturgess, Alfie Allen, Alfred Molina, Angela Bassett and Freddie Highmore star in the seven-part series from Stephen Poliakoff (Perfect Strangers, Dancing On The Edge). Coinciding with the BBC broadcast, the drama will make its U.S. debut on streaming service Acorn TV in…
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Michael Gambon Joins ITV’s ‘Fearless’; BBC’s ‘Broken’ Sets Cast Alongside Sean Bean – Global Briefs

ITV's upcoming legal conspiracy thriller Fearless has added Michael Gambon to star alongside Peaky Blinders' Helen McCrory. Shooting on the six-part drama penned by Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson, is just beginning. Mammoth Screen (Victoria, Poldark) is producing and has set further main cast including actor-comedian John Bishop, Emmy nominee Robin Weigert (Jessica Jones), Jonathan Forbes (Catastrophe), Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing on the Edge) and…
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Michael Gambon Joins ITV’s ‘Fearless’; BBC’s ‘Broken’ Sets Cast Alongside Sean Bean – Global Briefs

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Michael Gambon Joins ITV’s ‘Fearless’; BBC’s ‘Broken’ Sets Cast Alongside Sean Bean – Global Briefs
ITV's upcoming legal conspiracy thriller Fearless has added Michael Gambon to star alongside Peaky Blinders' Helen McCrory. Shooting on the six-part drama penned by Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson, is just beginning. Mammoth Screen (Victoria, Poldark) is producing and has set further main cast including actor-comedian John Bishop, Emmy nominee Robin Weigert (Jessica Jones), Jonathan Forbes (Catastrophe), Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing on the Edge) and…
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Helena Bonham Carter to Star in, Produce Miniseries ‘Saint Mazie’

Helena Bonham Carter is to star in miniseries “Saint Mazie,” which will be adapted by Clara Brennan from Jami Attenberg’s novel. The project is being developed and produced by Bonham Carter with Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures and Scott Lastaiti’s Palantir Group.

Bonham Carter will star as Mazie Gordon-Phillips, the real-life character who Joseph Mitchell first wrote about in the New Yorker in 1940, and who Attenberg brought to life in her book “Saint Mazie.” Mazie spent her days selling tickets at a movie theater which she eventually inherited, and in her spare time she walked the streets of New York, giving the homeless soap and sips of liquor from her flask.

Ward, whose credits include “Dancing on the Edge,” “Suffragette” and “The Crown,” said: “Mazie is a restless, independent woman who embodies the essence of 1930s New York. Our story unveils a woman in the middle of her life,
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Dancing on the Edge: PBS Previews Jazz Drama Series

[caption id="attachment_48552" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dancing On the Edge TV series on PBS. Wunmi Mosaku. Credit: Courtesy of © Ruby Films and Television (Dote) Limited./caption]

Below, watch a preview of the Dancing on the Edge TV show, premiering on PBS, Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 8:00pm Et/Pt. Set in 1930s London, the drama series features follows the black jazz musicians of the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame with London’s upper class society.

The Dancing on the Edge TV series cast includes: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku, Angel Coulby, Paul Dixon, Janet Montgomery, Jenna Coleman, Anthony Head, Allan Corduner, Mel Smith, and John Goodman.

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Dancing on the Edge: Chewetel Ejiofor, John Goodman Jazz Drama Coming in June to PBS

[caption id="attachment_48556" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dancing on the Edge TV series on PBS. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis (center), with band members, Miles Brett as ‘Band member 6 Tenor Sax’. Credit: Courtesy of © Ruby Films and Television (Dote) Limited./caption]

Dance like nobody's watching. PBS has announced the new Dancing on the Edge TV show premieres Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 8:00pm. Watch the BBC Two trailer, below.

Set in the 1930s, Dancing on the Edge features black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame with London's upper class society. The Dancing on the Edge TV series cast includes: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku, Angel Coulby, Paul Dixon, Janet Montgomery, Jenna Coleman, Anthony Head, Allan Corduner, Mel Smith, and John Goodman.

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‘Roots,’ ‘Victoria,’ ‘The Collection,’ ‘Little Big Shots’ Set to Make MipTV Splash

‘Roots,’ ‘Victoria,’ ‘The Collection,’ ‘Little Big Shots’ Set to Make MipTV Splash
Cannes – High-profile dramas Roots,” “Victoria” “The Embassy” and “The Collection” and Warner Bros.-sold talent show “Little Big Shots” look like just some of a plethora of new titles at the 2016 MipTV trade fair, the world’s second biggest TV market, which kicks off Monday in Cannes.

In MipTV’s biggest world premiere, A+E Studios’ “Roots” event series, a reboot of the 1977 ABC miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel, will screen Monday evening at Cannes.

But sporting a new scripted series competition, the MipDrama Screenings, 2016’s MipTV also looks set to underscore the new ambitions of international TV fiction as U.S. and foreign-based pay TV/Svod players, incumbents and new, continue to galvanize sales for premium drama in domestic and around the world.

While MipTV proper runs April 4-7, it is now fore-fronted by a prior-weekend MipFormats and MipDoc, plus April 3’s all-day MipDrama Screenings, making the
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Creative England responds to concerns over cuts

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Creative England responds to concerns over cuts
Exclusive: Creative industries agency taps into reserve to ensure effective delivery of services.

Since its contentious launch in 2011 UK creative industries financier Creative England has proven a boon to many UK companies and creatives.

The not-for-profit public and privately-backed organisation, whose primary aim is to invest in the regional film, games and digital industries, has invested tens of millions of pounds into more than 400 companies.

Among a host of film investments are Andrew Haigh’s acclaimed 45 Years and Kit Harrington thriller Spooks: The Greater Good, while it also runs perennial micro-budget film scheme iFeatures. It has also backed hit TV shows including Dancing On The Edge and Line Of Duty.

The company’s financial clout has grown from a budget of under £5m at launch to £12.5m for 2015/16 and it has attracted notable executives from the media, games and film industries to its board, including Karen Blackett OBE, Ian Livingstone Cbe and Studiocanal UK CEO Danny Perkins.

BFI
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Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures

Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures
Faye Ward’s indie production outfit is currently producing Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan And Ollie.

Sony Pictures Television has invested in drama indie Fable Pictures – the fledgling indie run by The Crown [pictured] producer Faye Ward.

Fable Pictures was established earlier this year by former Ruby Film & Television exec Ward and Rastamouse producer Eugenio Perez.

Sony has taken a minority stake in the business, marking the Hollywood studio’s first UK drama move since it acquired Left Bank Pictures in 2012.

Last year Wayne Garvie, Sony’s chief creative officer, international production, told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast: “I feel we’re a bit underrepresented in scripted,” Garvie says. “I’d like us to do something else there.”

Fable is currently producing Stan And Ollie, the BBC Films project written by Jeff Pope and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Ward has also recently produced series including Left Bank’s forthcoming royal saga The Crown for Netflix and Ruby
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