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Exclusive: MGM is negotiating with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin to star in the Thea Sharrock-directed Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel. Karen Rosenfelt is producing Sharrock’s feature debut. MGM is partnered with New Line and Warner Bros, which has dated the movie for August, 2015 release.
Clarke, whose breakout came playing the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is playing Sarah Conner in Terminator: Genisys, and she is also going to star with Nicholas Hoult in Go Down Together, the Michael Suscy-directed revisionist take on Depression Era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Though a newcomer, Claflin’s track record is pretty remarkable: the final three The Hunger Games films, Snow White and The Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
There was a lot of competition between young actors for this male lead, and he beat out »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The telemovie will be part of the second series of "The Hollow Crown," following on from 2012's successful four telemovie adaptations of Shakespeare's historical plays. That series, starring the likes of Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw, adapted "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1," "Henry IV Part 2" and "Henry V".
"The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" will adapt the other famed historical tetralogy of Shakespeare - the three parts of "Henry VI" and "Richard III". One difference this time out is that the telemovies will be trilogy with "Henry VI" being shrunk from a three-part play into a two-part telemovie.
- Garth Franklin
The BBC has added more star power to its upcoming TV adaptations of Shakespeare plays. The producers previously said that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Richard III. On Thursday, the BBC revealed that Judi Dench would play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside the Sherlock star. Meanwhile, Hugh Bonneville, known for portraying Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey, will play Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in the first part of a two-part adaptation of Henry VI. Neal Street Productions, Downton Abbey-maker Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal, and Thirteen are producing the three Shakespeare adaptations under the title The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the
- Georg Szalai
During a question and answer session at this year's Hay Festival, Cumberbatch personally asked Dench to star alongside him in the drama.
Meanwhile, Hawes will play Queen Elizabeth in the second part of Henry VI and Richard III. Okonedo will play Queen Margaret in all three films.
Sturridge has been cast as Henry VI, and will appear in both parts. »
London — Carnival Films, the London-based production company behind “Downton Abbey,” has appointed Danielle Dajani as its head of production, and Tara Cook as development producer, working alongside Phil Temple, who has been promoted and also serves as development producer.
Dajani joins Carnival, which is part of NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, from Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, where she was exec VP. Before Raleigh, Dajani was VP of international physical production and production finance at Walt Disney Pictures in L.A., head of production at Aramid Capital in London, and general manager of Village Roadshow Production Management in Sydney.
Dajani takes over from Kimberley Hikaka, who departs after nearly seven years at Carnival.
In the role, Dajani will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s productions across its U.K. and international businesses.
As development producers, Cook and Temple will be responsible for the origination, development and sale of Carnival’s upcoming U. »
- Leo Barraclough
New Line has come on board to co-produce MGM’s drama “Me Before You” with MGM and set an Aug. 21, 2015, release date.
“Me Before You” centers on a young English woman content with her small-town life who’s hired as the caretaker for an affluent Londoner paralyzed in a tragic accident. Both are surprised to receive insight, perspective and ultimately love from the other.
- Dave McNary
Months after setting acclaimed theatre director Thea Sharrock to make her directorial debut with Me Before You, Warner Bros. has locked an August 21, 2015 release for the MGM-produced lit adaptation. Brit author Jojo Moyes penned the original script based on her 2012 novel and (500) Days Of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber then came aboard as writers. Story follows small-town girl Lou and wheelchair-bound Will, who share a series of life-changing adventures when he hires her as his caretaker. Sharrock’s TV directing resume includes Sam Mendes’ BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown and Call The Midwife. »
The TV Acad combined the top longform categories in 2011 when miniseries were extremely rare creatures on TV. But just three years later, whether they’re called “event series” or “limited series,” multi-part longform productions are busting out all over the place, even on the broadcast nets.
HBO’s bold move to field its eight-hour romp in the Louisiana swamps, “True Detective,” as a drama series cleared the way for “Fargo” to be the undisputed frontrunner in the miniseries heat. And HBO’s “Normal Heart” is the one to catch in the movie race.
Indeed, the real footraces in the longform category this year are unfolding in the acting categories, which remain a combo plate of movies and minis. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The first major awards ceremony honoring this past year’s accomplishments on the small screen took place last night as Cedric the Entertainer hosted the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards from the Beverly Hilton. I’ve always preferred the Critics’ Choice Awards to the Emmys, just because my views tend to line up more with the members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. This year was no different, as a number of highly deserving actors, actresses and shows were honored.
Allison Janney was the clear winner last night, taking home two Critics’ Choice TV Awards. The actress won Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her devastating work on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and also tied with Orange is the New Black actress Kate Mulgrew for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as the title character on CBS’s Mom.
FX’s Fargo also had a great night, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Musketeers, True Detective: 14 thrilling new shows for 2014
"The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life," said the BBC.
"As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
"Now in her 30s, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service."
Some of the biggest shows on television went head to head. Here's who came out on top.
All the hottest names in TV turned out for the 2014 Critics Choice Television Awards on June 19, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cedric the Entertainer hosted the gala event presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, and the night was really a battle between two cable channels.
Premiere pay-cable network HBO had a whopping 18 nominations, but in a show of strength for a smaller cable channel, FX topped that with 19. Meanwhile, the big contenders for individual shows were the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, the CBS drama The Good Wife, FX's crime dramedy Fargo, Showtime's drama series Masters Of Sex and HBO's The Normal Heart, all getting five noms each.
Also, Netflix struck a blow against the traditional television hierarchy with their original series Orange Is The New Black competing in several key categories.
So, with all »
At the Critics’ Choice Television Awards on Thursday, Allison Janney nabbed two prizes — but she had to share one.
The veteran actress won for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and she split Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series with Kate Mulgrew (Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) for her work in CBS’ Mom. Other big winners included FX’s Fargo, which won for Best Mini-Series, Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series (Billy Bob Thornton), and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series (newcomer Allison Tolman »
- Katie Atkinson
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were held Thursday night at the Beverly Hills Hilton, and FX’s Fargo and Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black did best, you betcha, winning three times each.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Best Drama Series
Winner – Breaking Bad
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Hollywood's brightest small screen stars stepped out on Thursday night to honor TV's finest at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. The ceremony, an important precursor to the Emmys, awarded trophies to a mix of newcomers on the rise and past winners, and was not without a few surprises (there was even a tie!).
FX was the one to beat -- the network took home five wins. HBO followed by receiving four awards, even though "True Detective" was taken out in the Best Drama Series category by "Breaking Bad." "Orange Is the New Black" won Best Comedy Series, and its cast members Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew both walked away with trophies.
Here is the full list of nominees and winners:
Best Drama Series
"Breaking Bad" (AMC) *Winner
'"The Americans" (FX)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"'The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Masters of Sex" (Showtime)
"True Detective" (HBO)
Best Actor In A Drama Series
- Alana Altmann
The tale of country legend Hank Williams is a cruel and heart wrenching little one. Thrust into stardom at age 14, Hank took Montgomery, Alabama by storm. But like all good teen idols, Hank took up drinking quickly, married his manager (sounds scandalous but they were actually the same age), released a bevy of hits, joined up with the Grand Ole Opry, sank deeper and deeper into the throes of alcoholism, and then added crippling prescription painkiller addiction on top of that when he started suffering from back problems. Williams shined bright with talent, known for songs like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “I Saw The Light,” But any further success was cut short when Williams died at the age of 29 from drug and alcohol fueled heart failure. While hearing I Saw The Light probably now best conjures up images of Chapman beating the shit out of Pennsatucky in »
- Samantha Wilson
As high as I am on Tom Hiddleston, the idea of him playing all-American country music icon Hank Williams gives me pause. Somehow this role should go to an American actor. This casting feels like a foreign sales decision. Hiddleston, who is bankable thanks to playing Loki in two Thor films and "The Avengers," is set to play Williams in writer-director Marc Abraham's "I Saw the Light," based on Colin Escott’s biography. Via Sony Atv, the biopic has secured rights to the Williams music catalogue including such hits as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Not that Hiddleston isn't a gifted actor and singer. After supporting roles in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," Hiddleston starred opposite Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies' drama "Deep Blue Sea," in the TV series "The Hollow Crown, »
- Anne Thompson
Tumblr accounts, assemble! After shining as Loki in Thor and The Avengers as well as more dramatic roles like The Hollow Crown, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Midnight in Paris, actor Tom Hiddleston is lining up a fascinating new project: the story of country music icon Hank Williams. That’s right, London-native Hiddleston has been tapped to play the country legend in the biopic I Saw the Light, which will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius). Moreover, the actor plans to do all of his own singing. Hit the jump for more. [Update: Hiddleston has now shared an image of himself as Williams, which is included after the jump.] Hiddleston celebrated the news by sharing the following image on Twitter. Our original story follows: I Saw The Light. pic.twitter.com/LBSiP5tBVb— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 13, 2014 It was announced today that Tom Hiddleston is set to star as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, which is based on the biography of Williams by author Colin Escott. »
- Adam Chitwood
The BBC have revealed the first image from the new eight-part political thriller The Honourable Woman, which will see film actress Maggie Gyllenhaal make the move to the smaller screen. Set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this looks to be a very powerful new drama for the BBC and with Gyllenhaal leading the impressive cast, it seems everyone involved is very excited by this project.
Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama for the BBC, has said:
“Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a perfect Nessa Stein. Hugo Blick has created a complex character in Nessa, with an extraordinary story. The combination of Hugo’s stunning scripts and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role is an exciting and powerful combination.”
The cast also includes Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Tobias Menzies (Game Of Thrones) and many more.
Stay tuned »
- Amanda Keats
According to The Daily Telegraph, Dench was answering audience questions at the Hay Festival this weekend when she received one from Cumberbatch, who was sitting in the front row.
Cumberbatch asked the actress: "Would you like to be in Richard III with me?" After a theatrical pause, Dench answered: "Yeah."
The Sherlock actor has apparently been attempting to get Dench to co-star with him for months. She is rumoured to be playing the role of Queen Margaret in the BBC production.
The pair then performed a reading from Twelfth Night to the sold-out crowd in attendance at Dench's talk.
Sophie Okonedo will play Queen Margaret in the BBC trilogy of films, The Hollow Crown - Queen Margaret being the queen who curses co-star Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. As Henry VI’s widow, she railed against Richard III, cursing him and his offspring, because he killed her husband. Drawn from Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and Richard III, The Hollow Crown will be filmed, starting this September, for a 2015 broadcast. The first series of The Hollow Crown starred Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston and was a major success for BBC2 when it aired. The brainchild of Sam Mendes and his Neal Street Productions, Dominic Cooke will direct all three of the new Hollow Crown dramas. Ms Okonedo will take on the role once her run in A Raisin In The Sun ends on Broadway on June 15, for which she's received a Tony nomination. The sadly-underused actress (although »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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