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'Get Shorty': How Elmore Leonard's Showbiz Satire Became a Small-Screen Gem

'Get Shorty': How Elmore Leonard's Showbiz Satire Became a Small-Screen Gem
When the legendary screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz got to Hollywood, he sent a telegram to his friend Ben Hecht back home in New York: "Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots." That's been a fantasy for hustlers ever since – the idea of Hollywood as a motherlode of suckers waiting to be fleeced by the right guy with the right scheme.

On Get Shorty, Miles Daly wants to be that right guy – a Nevada gangster with an Irish accent, bluffing his way into the movie business.
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Ireland's Ardmore Studios hits the market

Ireland's Ardmore Studios hits the market
Ireland’s largest and leading studio, which housed Oscar winner Braveheart, is now up for sale.

Ardmore Studios, Ireland’s best-known film and TV studio, is being placed on the market, the facility’s board of directors announced today.

The Studios has housed Irish and international features including Braveheart, My Left Foot and Excalibur. In more recent years, it has housed TV shows such as Penny Dreadful,The Tudors, and Moone Boy.

Productions currently on site include Mel Gibson feauture The Professor and the Madman and TV drama Into the Badlands.

In 2016, Ardmore Studios expanded its studio footprint and opened The Film Factory, a 47,000 sq. ft. studios in Bray.

Ossie Kilkenny and Paul McGuinness, both former U2 managers, are the majority shareholders in Ardmore and have owned the Studios for almost 30 years. Ibi Corporate Finance is acting on behalf of Ardmore in the sale process.

Established in 1958 and located on 18 acres in Bray, County Wicklow
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Acorn Falls For Irish Drama ‘Striking Out’ In Co-Production Deal

Acorn Media Enterprises is continuing its move into originals, teaming with Blinder Films, Dcd Rights and RTÉ as the North American co-producing partner on Irish legal drama Striking Out. The series will premiere on Ireland’s RTÉ in early 2017 and make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV next year. The four-part drama is eyed as a returnable and centers on the tumultuous professional and personal life of Dublin-based solicitor Tara (Moone Boy‘s Amy Huberman) and her fledgling law…
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Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway

Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway
Festival guests will include director Jim Sheridan and actress Ruth Negga.

Netflix-acquired war-drama The Siege of Jadotville - which tells the true story of a battalion under attack in the Congo in the 1960s - leads a strong line-up of Irish cinema at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh (July 5 - 10).

The film stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led an Irish battalion of United Nations soldiers during a tense stand-off against local troops and foreign mercenaries in the Congo in 1961.

The Parallel Film-produced title, a directorial debut by Richie Smyth based on the novel by Irish journalist Declan Power, will have a special screening at the Fleadh.

It is one of several Irish films that will bow at the Fleadh, which runs from July 5th-10th. The festival will also focus on world cinema and Finnish cinema. Guests include director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga and screenwriter Kirsten Smith.

Property Of The State, a drama
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Mum: ace BBC Two comedy renewed for series 2

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Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan will return in series 2 of Stefan Golaszewski's very funny, very tender sitcom Mum...

Great news for fans of BBC Two's warm-hearted sitcom Mum: Cathy, Michael, Kelly and co. will all be back for a second series.

BBC Two has confirmed that a further six episodes of the beautifully balanced comedy will be filmed in 2017.  

The first series, which concluded tonight on BBC Two, spanned a year in the life of the recently widowed Cathy (Lesley Manville). It was a deft combination of subtle human insight, outrageous characters and an involving understated romantic story with terrific performances from Manville and Peter Mullan.

Mum was created by Stefan Golaszewski and shares the single location trick of his previous sitcom Him & Her. Instead of Steve and Becky's messy flat, its episodes take place entirely in Cathy's suburban semi, where she's attempting to
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Paris Co-production Village unveils 2016 line-up

New projects from Evgeny Ruman [pictured], Lav Diav, Ian Fitzgibbon and Frances Bodomo to attend.Scroll down for full list of projects

Evgeny Ruman, Lav Diav, Ian Fitzgibbon and Joko Anwar will be among the directors presenting new projects at the third edition of the Paris Co-production Village in June.

A joint venture between Les Arcs European Film Festival and Champs Elysées Film Festival, the event will unfold June 8-10 in Paris as part of the latter event’s Industry Days. Its aim is to connect international film-makers and producers with French production and sales partners.

The line-up for Us in Progress has also been unveiled featuring seven projects including Easy Living by Adam Keleman who was assistant director on Brooklyn.

The central Co-production Village selection features 12 projects, hailing from Europe, Asia and Latin America, the Us and Israel.

Israeli film-maker Evgeny Ruman will present Golden Voices, his third film after The Man In The Wall which played
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BBC Acquires Majority Interest in Steve Coogan Production Banner as CEO Departs

The BBC has taken on a majority stake in Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions, which is undergoing leadership transition with the departure of CEO Henry Normal.

Coogan will take on a broader role at the prosperous banner that is home to comedies “Moone Boy,” “Gavin & Stacey,” Coogan’s “Alan Partridge” and “The Trip” and also produced the Oscar-nommed 2013 pic “Philomena.” BBC Worldwide, the Beeb’s commercial arm, has upped its stake in the company to 73%. It previously acquired 25% in 2008.

The company will launch a search for a new CEO. Coogan is stepping up to lead the creative direction of the company.

“Baby Cow has the most incredible record of originating new comedy, attracting the best writers and producers in the business,” said Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s managing director of content. “While Henry will be much missed, and a tough act to follow, I have every faith that the
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CEO/Co-Founder Henry Normal Exiting Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions; BBC Worldwide Increases Stake In Indie

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Henry Normal, co-founder and CEO of Baby Cow Productions, the indie he set up with Steve Coogan in 1999, is exiting. Coogan will assume a broader role as part of the transition, and BBC Worldwide, which already is part-owner, will increase its stake to 73%. The prolific company’s credits include TV series Gavin And Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy, and Alan Partridge. Normal has executive produced all of the Baby Cow’s output and was also executive producer on Philomena
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CEO/Co-Founder Henry Normal Exiting Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions; BBC Worldwide Increases Stake In Indie

Henry Normal, co-founder and CEO of Baby Cow Productions, the indie he set up with Steve Coogan in 1999, is exiting. Coogan will assume a broader role as part of the transition, and BBC Worldwide, which already is part-owner, will increase its stake to 73%. The prolific company’s credits include TV series Gavin And Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy, and Alan Partridge. Normal has executive produced all of the Baby Cow’s output and was also executive producer on Philomena
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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Likely Stories’ Heads to Sky Arts

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Likely Stories’ Heads to Sky Arts
London — A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short stories are set to be produced in a new four-part adaptation for Sky Arts, the channel has confirmed.

“Likely Stories” is produced by Sid Gentle Films and will be directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the duo behind Nick Cave docu “20,000 Days on Earth.” Jarvis Cocker will score the four 30-minute stories, which will topline George MacKay (“Pride”), Tom Hughes (“The Game”), Johnny Vegas (“Moone Boy”), Kenneth Cranham (“Maleficent”) and Rita Tushingham (“Doctor Zhivago”).

The “dark and strange” London-set tales will center on the act of storytelling in a world that moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy. Gaiman will appear in each story in an “unusual way,” with subtle nods to his wider work that will appeal to his fanbase.

The four adaptations are titled “Foreign Parts,” a story of identity, ghostly tales “Feeders & Eaters” and “Closing Time” and the life-spanning story “Looking for the Girl.
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Sky Arts To Tell Neil Gaiman’s ‘Likely Stories’ With George MacKay, Tom Hughes

A four-part adaptation of short stories penned by Neil Gaiman, Likely Stories will be produced by Sid Gentle Films for Sky Arts. Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth helmers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are directing. Jarvis Cocker is scoring the half hours which star George MacKay (Pride), Tom Hughes (The Game), Johnny Vegas (Moone Boy), Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) and Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago). Set in London, the “dark and strange” stories center on the act of…
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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy

Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 Road Trip Comedy
London — Joseph Fiennes, who was BAFTA nominated for “Shakespeare in Love,” is set to play the late singer Michael Jackson in “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” a one-off, half-hour comedy ordered by U.K. pay TV network Sky, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Stockard Channing will play Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox will take the part of Marlon Brando in the show, which re-enacts a road trip the three friends allegedly made following the New York terrorist attacks in September 2001. In an attempt to get home to the West Coast, the trio are said to have driven from New York to Ohio, with frequent stops at fast-food restaurants, at Brando’s insistence. The trip was written about in an article in Vanity Fair. Some of Taylor’s friends claim she did not make the trip.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Fiennes conceded the incongruity of a white actor being asked to play an African American singer.
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Comedy Central, Crackle, DirecTV, E!, Esquire, FX, Fxx, Hallmark, History, and Hulu TV Shows

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Below, you'll find a list of recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Comedy Central, DirecTV, FX, Fxx, Hallmark, and Hulu. To see a series' ratings (if they're available), click the links in the middle column.

Shows include 11.22.63, Adam Devine's House Party, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, The Americans, Anger Management, Another Period, Archer, The Art of More, The Awesomes, Axe Cop, Baskets, The Bastard Executioner, Better Things, Big Time in Hollywood Fl, Billy & Billie, Brickleberry, Broad City, Cassius and Clay, Casual, Cedar Cove, Chesapeake Shores, The Comedians, Deadbeat, Difficult People, Drunk History, East Los High, Fargo, Full Circle, Good Witch, The Half Hour, Idiotsitter, Inside Amy Schumer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jo, Justified, Key & Peele, Kingdom, Kroll Show, The League, Louie, Lucas Bros. Moving Co., Man Seeking Woman, Married, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, The Mindy Project, Moonbeam City, Moone Boy, The Path,
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Red Dwarf series 11 - everything you need to know: Return date, plot details and more

Red Dwarf fans are used to having to wait between series, and the gap between X and XI has been tougher than biting into a space weevil.

But spin our nipple nuts and send us to Alaska - the waiting is almost over as as Rimmer, Lister, Kryten and Cat will be back in 2016 for a brand new run. Here's everything you need to know about the small rouge one.

When is it back?

There are no exact dates yet, but XI is expected to land on Dave in the summer of 2016 at the earliest.

Writer and co-creator Doug Naylor recently denied reports that it could be as early as the spring, so we could be waiting up to a year for its launch.

Filming will begin in October

Read through meeting for Rd XI. pic.twitter.com/k8Fq14AR6y

Robert Llewellyn (@bobbyllew) October 12, 2015

Red Dwarf will shoot two brand new series back-to-back,
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Sky entertainment boss Stuart Murphy quits after 6 and a half years

Sky's Entertainment head Stuart Murphy is stepping down after six and a half years in the role.

Murphy was responsible for launching and overseeing Sky Atlantic, and oversaw channels Sky1, Sky Arts and Sky Living.

It has not been announced who will replace Murphy, and the departing head has signed a content deal with Sky to develop his own scripts.

Murphy said: "My sadness at leaving a company I love is tempered by my immense pride in what we have achieved together. Sky is a company in rude health, bursting with ideas, creativity, and sheer fun and I leave the department in the hands of colleagues I love and admire.

"For 14 of the past 17 years I have been running TV channels, including a fantastic six and a half years with Sky. TV has been a huge part of my life but with our entertainment in great shape now feels the
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Sky Entertainment Channels Chief Stuart Murphy to Step Down

London — Stuart Murphy, director of entertainment channels at U.K. pay TV operator Sky, is to step down. He has signed a production deal with Sky’s international distribution arm, Sky Vision, to write and develop comedy and drama projects.

Murphy has ruled himself out of contention for the BBC’s director of television role, which Danny Cohen is vacating next month. Murphy told the Guardian Friday: “100% no, it’s not where my head’s at. I don’t want to go from one job that is brilliant but all consuming to another. I want to work at a different pace, I want an eclectic mixture of things I do in life.”

Murphy, who has been at Sky for six and a half years, has overseen the running of channels Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living, as well as being responsible for the comedy, drama, factual and entertainment commissioning teams.
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Song of the Sea review – beautiful and entrancing animation

This magical, exquisite feature about a boy living on a remote Irish island uses bravura design and storytelling to convey a subtle and meaningful story

Like The Secret of Kells, director Tomm Moore’s first feature, Song of the Sea blends Celtic legends, bravura design and animation, and intelligent storytelling that understands but never patronises young viewers, to create an exquisite and rewarding work. In a vaguely 20th-century Ireland, pugnacious young Ben (voiced by David Rawle of Moone Boy) lives on a remote island with his lonely lighthouse-keeper father (Brendan Gleeson) and six-year-old kid sister Saoirse, a mute who, like the children’s lost mother, is a half-human, half-seal selkie.

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Barry Ward to star in ‘Never Walk Alone’

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Exclusive: The star of last weekend’s Us release Jimmy’s Hall from Ken Loach has come aboard Kpi Entertainment and Deadpan Pictures’ Ireland-set contemporary generational drama.

Evzen Kolar and Deborah Kolar of La-based Kpi Entertainment and Paul Donovan of Dublin’s Deadpan Pictures have targeted a late 2015/early 2016 start outside Dublin and in Liverpool on the sub-€4m UK-Ireland co-production.

Andrew Baird will direct Never Walk Alone from Christian O’Reilly’s screenplay that centres on three generations of men in an Irish community.

Ward (pictured in Jimmy’s Hall) will play Eamon, a man haunted by his childhood decision not to pursue trials with Liverpool Fc who pressures his talented teenage son into taking a similar opportunity.

The producers are scouting a name actor to play the estranged grandfather, whose timely return to the fold sparks a plan. Kpi and Deadpan are also reviewing potential sales agents.

Ward’s credits include Blood Cells and The
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Channel 4 drops British Comedy Awards to invest in new series

Channel 4 has dropped the British Comedy Awards in order to focus on investing in new comedy series.

The channel has held the exclusive broadcast rights to the ceremony since 2010, but has decided against renewing the deal.

According to Broadcast, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "After four great years on the channel we will be saying goodbye to the British Comedy Awards. Our focus moving forward is investing in new comedy series."

Channel 4 originally signed a three-year deal to air the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of the awards show, before extending the contract for two more years.

Last year's event saw Jack Whitehall walk away with the top prize for the third consecutive year, after he was voted King of Comedy by the public.

Best TV Comedy Actor went to Harry Enfield, while Katherine Parkinson won Best TV Comedy Actress and Moone Boy won Best Sitcom.
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Eddie Redmayne wins another award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne wins another award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne has won yet another award for his portrayal of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Redmayne scooped the Irish Film and Television Awards' prize for Best International Actor, adding to his Oscar, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.

Oscar winner Julianne Moore was also honoured with the Best International Actress prize for Still Alice at this weekend's awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, children's animated film Song of the Sea scooped the Best Irish Film prize.

Tomm Moore's feature is based on Celtic myth of the Selkie and follows brother and sister Ben and Saoirse, who have to figure out a mystery about their late mother. Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Moone Boy's David Rawle lend their voices to the movie.

Song of the Sea was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, but ultimately lost out to Big Hero 6.

Other winners at
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