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Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.

Castings

30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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Denis O’Hare & More Round Out Cast Of ‘Late Night’

Denis O'Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke have been set to round out the cast of Late Night, the comedy starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson. The film written by Kaling and being directed by Nisha Ganatra centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life. The newcomers join John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott
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Amazon Prime exceeds 100m subscribers, says Jeff Bezos

Amazon Prime exceeds 100m subscribers, says Jeff Bezos
Company founder says ‘work’ on The Lord Of The Rings and Cortés series to begin this year.

In the week Netflix top brass said global subscribers had hit 125m, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed his company’s Amazon Prime service has exceeded 100m members.

Bezos told shareholders in a letter released on Wednesday (April 18) that more new members joined Prime worldwide in 2017 than in any other year in the service’s 13-year history.

Prime Day 2017 was the company’s biggest global shopping event ever until it was surpassed by Cyber Monday.

Bezos said Prime Video “continued to drive Prime
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Amazon Prime exceeds 100m subscribers – Jeff Bezos

Amazon Prime exceeds 100m subscribers – Jeff Bezos
Company founder says ‘work’ on The Lord Of The Rings and Cortés series to begin this year.

In the week Netflix top brass said global subscribers had hit 125m, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed his company’s Amazon Prime service has exceeded 100m members.

Bezos told shareholders in a letter released on Wednesday (April 18) that more new members joined Prime worldwide in 2017 than in any other year in the service’s 13-year history.

Prime Day 2017 was the company’s biggest global shopping event ever until it was surpassed by Cyber Monday.

Bezos said Prime Video “continued to drive Prime
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Cannes: FilmNation Closes $120 Million Revolving Credit Facility

In a pre-Cannes Film Festival deal, FilmNation Entertainment has negotiated $120 million in additional capital through a revolving multi-bank credit facility agented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and co-led by Union Bank.

FilmNation made the announcement Wednesday. It said the move greatly expands its financial capabilities as part of its strategic initiative focused on being a one-stop destination for the world’s best storytellers, all while aggressively building asset value across its feature film business, its television efforts, and its other numerous strategic investments in related verticals.

The current slate includes WWII epic “Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks; Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience,” starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams (to be released by Bleecker Street on April 27); “The Children Act,” starring Emma Thompson (to be released by A24 this September); Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself,” starring Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde (to be released by Amazon this September); and Lelio’s “Gloria,
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FilmNation Secures $120M in New Slate Financing

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has secured a new $120 million credit facility to deepen its film and TV production and acquisition slate ahead of Cannes.

The revolver put together by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and co-led by Union Bank aims to offer the film producer, financier and international distributor additional capital for new content. The financing deal also comes as FilmNation readies upcoming projects for release, including Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; and Richard Eyre’s The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead.

"Throughout FilmNation’s history, what has empowered us...
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Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson comedy 'Late Night' adds key cast

Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson comedy 'Late Night' adds key cast
Production on comedy set to begin this week.

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson on 30West and FilmNation’s comedy Late Night.

Nisha Ganatra is set to commence directing this week based on a screenplay by Kaling, who is also producing alongside Howard Klein, Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation.

Late Night centres on a late-night talk show host played by Thompson who is at risk of losing her long-running show when a new writer played by Kaling arrives and revitalises her show and her life. FilmNation represents international rights and
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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy & Others Join Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson Comedy ‘Late Night’

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy & Others Join Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson Comedy ‘Late Night’
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Veep‘s Reid Scott and I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser have come aboard the comedy feature Late Night, written by Mindy Kaling, who also stars alongside Emma Thompson. Nisha Ganatra is attached to direct the project, which follows a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life. Filming is slated to begin next week…
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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film stars Kaling and Emma Thompson. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing the upcoming comedy. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, who are handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling U.S. rights.

Late Night” centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography is set to commence this week.

Lithgow most recently starred in FilmNation’s “Beatriz at Dinner” alongside Salma Hayek and Connie Britton, as well as “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain. He won the Emmy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in “The Crown.
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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy Join Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night'

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy Join Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night'
Hugh Dancy and John Lithgow are joining Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in Late Night. Also joining the comedy is Veep star Reid Scott and I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser.

Late Night centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running program right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling).

Kaling wrote the feature and will produce alongside Howard Klein. Transparent director Nisha Ganatra, who has also worked on The Mindy Project, will helm the production, which is set to start shooting this week.

Producing the project is Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation. FilmNation is also financing the...
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Emma Thompson Co-Writing and Directing “Nanny McPhee” Stage Musical

Thompson in “Nanny McPhee”

Emma Thompson is stepping into the director’s chair. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Oscar winner will helm and co-write a stage musical adaptation of 2005’s “Nanny McPhee.” The family film, which Thompson wrote and toplined, follows the Brown siblings, mischievous children whose behavior slowly improves with the help of a magical nanny.

Thompson will write the musical’s book and lyrics with singer-songwriter Gary Clark, but is not expected to reprise the role of Nanny McPhee. The production has already had a workshop, with a second planned for later in 2018. No official premiere date for “Nanny McPhee” has been announced yet, but we’ll most likely have to wait at least a year for its West End debut.

This is not Thompson’s first foray into theater: she’s acted in “Short Vehicle,” “Me and My Girl,” “King Lear,” and “Sweeney Todd.” She penned “Short Vehicle” as well.
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Will Starz’s ‘Howards End’ limited series repeat awards success of the 1992 movie that won 3 Oscars?

Starz’s new limited series adaptation of “Howards End” is positioning itself to do very well at the 2018 Emmys, much like the 1992 film of the same name. The movie “Howards End” won three Oscars and was also nominated for Best Picture. The limited series has rave reviews and could easily rack up multiple nominations at this year’s Emmys.

Based on the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, the limited series tells the story of Margaret of the bourgeoisie Schlegel family, who is bequeathed the titular country home by Ruth, an aging member of the wealthy Wilcox family, which causes an uproar between the families. Hayley Atwell is cast as Thompson’s Oscar-winning role of Margaret, while Julia Ormond plays Ruth, for which Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar.

See‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?

Ormond
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Trust Us When We Say the Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Cast Is Stacked Beyond Belief

Following the news that Robert Downey Jr. would be taking on the titular role in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the full cast has finally been announced. As it turns out, every huge star imaginable happened to be available for this fantasy flick. Downey will be occupying one of the few human roles, along with talent like Octavia Spencer, Rami Malek, and Emma Thompson - to name a few - lending their voices for the animal roles. Downey will also be reuniting with his Spider-Man: Homecoming costar Tom Holland. Read up on the unbelievably stacked cast before the movie's release on April 12, 2019.

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Emma Thompson to Direct 'Nanny McPhee' Musical

Emma Thompson to Direct 'Nanny McPhee' Musical
Emma Thompson is set to direct the stage musical based on Nanny McPhee after starring as the titular character in the 2005 movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

But the Sense and Sensibility star is not expected to appear in the film-to-stage adaptation. Thompson is writing the book and lyrics for the theatrical version, with music by Scottish singer-songwriter Gary Clark.

Thompson penned the screenplay for the original Nanny McPhee feature from Universal Pictures and Working Title Films, which portrayed a governess using magic to rein in seven misbehaving children in her care.

Thompson also co-wrote the sequel, Nanny McPhee...
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Hayley Atwell (‘Howards End’) says the relationships between women are ‘the beating heart of the whole piece’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

The Starz limited series “Howards End” is ostensibly a romance between headstrong Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) and the wealthy but emotionally repressed Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), but Atwell thinks the bonds between the women are “the most important relationships in the story.” Margaret has deep affection for her sister Helen as well as a “platonic yet strange love affair” with Henry’s first wife Ruth (Julia Ormond), and those emotional connections are “the beating heart of the whole piece.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Atwell above.

Howards End” is based on the 1910 novel by E.M. Forster, which was previously adapted into a famous 1992 Merchant Ivory film that won Emma Thompson the Best Actress Oscar for playing Margaret. Atwell had seen the film, but she didn’t re-watch it before putting her own spin on the role. “I know Em and spoke to her about it, and she was adamant
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Tina Fey Celebrates Mean Girls' Opening Night on Broadway

Tina Fey Celebrates Mean Girls' Opening Night on Broadway
Tina Fey looked so fetch Sunday night! Pairing her custom Gabriela Hearst look with dazzling David Webb jewelry, the 47-year-old comedienne walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening night of Mean Girls on Broadway. Flanked by husband Jeff Richmond, who wrote the music, Fey smiled for photographers outside the August Wilson Theatre. Fey, who wrote the book, invited several of her A-list friends to see the musical, including Alec Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, Glenn Close, Jimmy Fallon, Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Kate McKinnon, Lorne Michaels, Busy Philipps, Diane Sawyer, Jerry Seinfeld and Emma Thompson. Cast members from the 2004 film, however, did not attend the opening. After its limited run in Washington,...
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Russell Tovey, Jim Carter Confirmed for Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’

New Line Cinema has confirmed that Russell Tovey and Jim Carter have joined the cast of Bill Condon’s “The Good Liar.” The drama, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month, stars Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.

Based on the debut novel by British author Nicholas Searle, “The Good Liar” tells the story of a con artist (McKellen) who can hardly believe his luck when he meets a rich widow (Mirren) online. As she opens her home and life to him he is surprised to find himself caring about her.

Condon will direct from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, who previously worked with the director on his 2015 film “Mr. Holmes,” also starring McKellen. Condon will also produce with Greg Yolen.

Tovey, whose breakthrough came in the celebrated original West End stage production of “The History Boys” alongside Dominic Cooper and James Corden, has recently starred in ABC’s
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‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?

‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?
E.M. Forster‘s classic 1910 novel “Howards End” was most famously adapted into a 1992 Merchant Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. It earned nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (James Ivory), and it won three including Best Actress for Thompson. That’s a tough act to follow, but now, 26 years after that film, Forster’s novel has now been adapted into a four-part limited series on Starz that is garnering its own rave reviews. It’s rated 89% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has scored 89 on MetaCritic, indicating near-universal acclaim. So now it has the potential to be as big a hit at the Emmys as the film was at the Oscars.

The series stars Hayley Atwell in the role that won Thompson the Oscar. She plays Margaret Schlegel, who seeks love and purpose in turn-of-the-century England. It’s directed by Hettie Macdonald, a BAFTA TV Award
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Rowan Atkinson in First Full Trailer for 'Johnny English Strikes Again'

"That was sooner than I expected." Universal has revealed the first trailer for spy spoof comedy Johnny English Strikes Again, the third movie in the Johnny English series, returning after a seven year hiatus. Rowan Atkinson (who also plays Mr. Bean) is back again as Johnny English, the "man with few skills" and wacky, loser spy who helps save Britain, again. This time, a cyber-attack (yes, indeed) reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, and English is the only one who can help them get everything back in order. The cast in this includes Emma Thompson, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Miller, Jake Lacy, Adam James, and Miranda Hennessy. There's always room in the cinemas for a new spy spoof, right? Or have we seen enough of these kind of comedies recently? Not sure if this will actually be any good, but why not. Here's the first trailer (+ poster
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TV Review: ‘Howards End’ on Starz

If there were no Merchant Ivory film, Starz’s “Howards End” would be a more welcome adaptation. The four-part miniseries, an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel about class collision and national identity in turn-of-the-century England, is impeccably cast and studiously performed. But the bones of the production, adapted by prominent playwright Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Hettie Macdonald, lacks the impeccable grace and subtlety of both the earlier adaptation and the source material. Lonergan’s screenplay is so disinterested in logistics that it just skips them; especially towards the end of the four-parter, “Howards End” lets weeks, months, or
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