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Production Is Underway On Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’

Principal photography begins today on location in London, on the New Line Cinema drama The Good Liar, pairing Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen on the big screen for the first time. Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gods and Monsters will direct and produce from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr. Holmes), based on the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Searle.

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

The Good Liar also stars Russell Tovey (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jim Carter (TV’s “Downton Abbey”).

Condon produces alongside producer Greg Yolen. Serving as executive producers are Jack Morrissey,
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Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen drama 'The Good Liar' underway in London

Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen drama 'The Good Liar' underway in London
Bill Condon directs drama which will also shoot in Berlin.

Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema drama The Good Liar, starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gods And Monsters, is directing from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr. Holmes) based on the book by Nicholas Searle.

The film follows a career con artist (McKellen) who meets a wealthy widow online (Mirren). Also in the cast are Russell Tovey and Jim Carter.

Director Condon is also producing alongside Greg Yolen. Executive producers are Jack Morrissey, Nick O’Hagan, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Jason Cloth.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Working With Another Sherlock In Avengers: Infinity War

Fans are exploding with excitement to see every single hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come together for the first time in Avengers: Infinity War, but the movie also has a special treat for fans of a completely different iconic fictional franchise.

That’s because when Iron Man and Doctor Strange team-up in the film, it’ll mean two separate versions of Sherlock Holmes will be joining forces. As you probably know, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role in BBC’s Sherlock while Robert Downey Jr. has portrayed the detective twice in Guy Ritchie’s movie series.

While speaking with European site Kinowetter, Cumberbatch was asked about his thoughts on partnering up with a fellow Sherlock in Infinity War. He admitted that it’s a “weird crossover” but reminded his fans that it’s not the first time he’s acted opposite another Holmes, as he’s also worked with the star of CBS’ Elementary,
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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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NBCUniversal Communications Exec Tracy St. Pierre Promoted

Tracy St. Pierre has been promoted to senior vice president of communications at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. In her new role, St. Pierre will oversee program publicity and awards for USA, Syfy, Universal Cable Productions, and Wilshire Studios.

The promotion was announced via an internal memo Thursday from Katherine Nelson, group Svp of communications for USA, Syfy, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, to whom St. Pierre will report.

St. Pierre is a 15-year veteran of NBCUniversal, having begun her tenure with the company at NBC. She moved to USA in 2013 as a vice president of publicity.

Read the full note
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X-Men 2 Was Originally Going to Adapt The Phoenix Saga

X2: X-Men United co-writer Zak Penn has revealed the sequel very nearly adapted the famous ‘Phoenix Saga’. The original X-Men is often credited with kicking off the modern popularity of comic book movies. The film treated its source material with respect and assembled a great cast, including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman. The success of the movie has spawned a long-running franchise and led to studios taking risks on other comic properties.
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Beatles Singer Ringo Starr Is Knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace — See the Pics!

What an honor! Beatles singer Ringo Starr was knighted by Prince William for his services to music at London's Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, March 20. "It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we've done musically and in life. So, I was really pleased to accept this award," the 77-year-old music icon told reporters after the special ceremony. When then asked by the BBC what he'll be doing with his new knighthood medal, Ringo — who will now be known as Sir Ringo Starr — jokingly replied, "With this, I'll be wearing it to breakfast." The event interestingly came 21 years after Ringo's Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney was similarly knighted by Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace back in 1977. The Duke of Cambridge knights Sir Ringo Starr for services to music at today’s Investiture ceremony
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Family Guy Reveals Stewie's Real Voice and Addresses His Sexuality...And Bethenny Frankel Feelings

Family Guy Reveals Stewie's Real Voice and Addresses His Sexuality...And Bethenny Frankel Feelings
Everything you knew about Family Guy's Stewie Griffin has changed. In an episode with no commercial-interruption, the Fox animated comedy broke down the secrets of the perpetually 1-year-old cartoon character. Stewie sat down with therapist Dr. Cornelius Pritchfield (voiced by Ian McKellen) after pushing another kid. The 30-minute therapy session broke down Stewie's mysterious British accent and tackled the character's sexuality. "Stewie's awareness of his sexuality is this uncertain thing, and that needs to stay as it is. His uncertainty gives him a vulnerability, which is something we need to maintain for the series. Whether he is [gay] or not, that isn't going to be answered when he's a...
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Family Guy Reveals Stewie’s Real Voice & Sexuality

A special episode of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy finally dismissed the long-held theory that Stewie Griffin is gay.

The hit show has aired since 1999, focussing on the dysfunctional Griffin family in the adult cartoon. The March 18 episode ‘Send in Stewie Please’, featured a cameo by Sir Ian McKellen and was a Stewie-centric edition. After executive producer Rich Appel promised he would reveal Stewie’s sexual orientation, the two-character episode featured only MacFarlane as Stewie and McKellen as his therapist Dr.
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‘Family Guy’ Review: An All-Stewie Episode Short on Laughs is Still the Most Interesting the Show’s Been in Years

‘Family Guy’ Review: An All-Stewie Episode Short on Laughs is Still the Most Interesting the Show’s Been in Years
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Family Guy” Season 16, Episode 12, “Send In Stewie, Please.”]

Cutaway gags have always been a “Family Guy” calling card. Whether non sequiturs with unrelated characters or flashbacks to various horrific chapters in the Griffin family history, it’s been the show’s preferred joke delivery device for the better part of two decades now.

So there’s something baffling and exciting about realizing that this show was capable of “Send In Stewie, Please,” a bottle episode, one that not only stuck to one location for most of the episode, but managed to keep the show’s consciousness from drifting as much as it usually does. From the start, Stewie and his child therapist Dr. Critchfield (Ian McKellen) hashing out the precocious young Griffin’s psychological foibles is the closest “Family Guy” has ever come to a two-hander stage piece. Presented with minimal ads after a few months’ hiatus, the show’s
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Family Guy Duo Breaks Down Stewie's Biggest Therapy Reveals: His Sexuality, His Real [Spoiler] and More

Family Guy Duo Breaks Down Stewie's Biggest Therapy Reveals: His Sexuality, His Real [Spoiler] and More
Sunday’s episode of Family Guy, the first in its 16-season history to air without commercials, invited us to become flies on the wall of a Stewie Griffin therapy session — and boy did we learn a lot.

Or maybe I should say we had many of our preconceived notions about the Griffin’s youngest, most evil member confirmed to us — from his sexuality (“‘Fluid’ is a something I hear being tossed around a lot,” he said before questioning whether “heterosexual” is even a real word) to his fake British accent, which his actual British therapist (voiced by Ian McKellen) saw right through.
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The Lord of the Rings may dethrone The Crown as the most expensive TV show ever

Last year it was announced that Amazon will be developing a fantasy series based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings, and now comes a report that the streaming service will be investing around half a billion dollars to bring Middle-earth to the small screen.

Amazon reportedly spent $250 million to secure the rights from the Tolkien Estate, New Line and HarperCollins, and will be investing a further $250 million to produce two seasons of the show – said to be a prequel taking place before the War of the Ring.

For comparison, Peter Jackson spent around $280 million to produce The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King, released between 2001 and 2003.

See Also: Ian McKellen suggests he’s open to Gandalf role in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series

If these numbers are close to accurate, it could make The Lord of the Rings
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How ‘Family Guy’ Crafted Its Limited-Interruption, Stewie-Centric Episode

How ‘Family Guy’ Crafted Its Limited-Interruption, Stewie-Centric Episode
Family Guy” is prepping for a very special episode — one that will not only break format to be presented with limited commercial interruptions, but also will center the youngest Griffin family member, Stewie, confronting some insecurities.

In the episode titled “Send In Stewie, Please,” which airs Mar. 18, Stewie finds himself in the office of his school’s psychologist, Dr. Cecil Pritchfield (voiced by guest star Sir Ian McKellen), where he’s forced to confront his own behavior and ends up addressing some long-speculated fan theories.

With the show in the midst of its 15th season, executive producer Rich Appel tells
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Family Guy Writer Previews Stewie's Jaw-Dropping Therapy Session in Commercial-Free Episode — Watch

Family Guy Writer Previews Stewie's Jaw-Dropping Therapy Session in Commercial-Free Episode — Watch
You’re never going to look at Stewie Griffin the same way after Sunday’s Family Guy (Fox, 9/8c).

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all that can be revealed ahead of the game-changing episode, which takes place entirely within a therapy session between Stewie and Dr. Cecil Pritchfield (voiced by Ian McKellen).

“When you know a character this well — and I have been writing him for almost 20 years — it’s kind of a gift to be able to say, ‘I’m just going to see where this takes us and where this goes if we start going inside his real thoughts,
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‘Family Guy': Here’s a Sneak Peek at Stewie’s Epic 7-Minute Takedown Monologue (Exclusive Video)

‘Family Guy': Here’s a Sneak Peek at Stewie’s Epic 7-Minute Takedown Monologue (Exclusive Video)
Sunday’s “Family Guy” is a pretty special one. Airing uninterrupted, thanks to PlayStation — the episode’s sole sponsor, which has chosen to run a 60-second spot for its new “God of War” video game before and after the show — this weekend’s installment consists entirely of a one-on-one conversation between Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and his therapist (voiced by Ian McKellen). Seven straight minutes of that discussion is one epic takedown monologue by the Griffin baby, where Stewie perfectly dissects details of his therapist’s relationship and life after seeing just one photo of the psychiatrist and his younger boyfriend, Michael. “I always...
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Madonna set to direct feature adaptation Taking Flight

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Madonna is firmly placing her filmmaking skills in the spotlight again by taking up the helm on the adaptation of Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s memoir, Taking Flight.

New Girl and Fresh of the Boat scribe will be writing the screenplay that tells the story of Michaela DePrince, who was an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone who overcomes great odds to become a world-famous ballerina and currently a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honoured to bring her story to life.”

Also in the news – Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of The Good Liar

MGM Productions president Glickman said,
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Bill Condon to direct Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in The Good Liar

With Universal Pictures’ planned Dark Universe remake of Bride of Frankenstein on indefinite hold, Beauty and the Beast helmer Bill Condon has now signed on for a new project, with the filmmaker set to direct Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in The Good Liar.

Based on the novel by Nicholas Searle, The Good Liar “centers on career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can’t resist one last score when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As the woman opens up her home and life to him, the man is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into a treacherous tightrope walk as all is not what it seems.”

The Good Liar marks the fourth collaboration between Condon and McKellen after Gods and Monsters, Mr. Holmes and Beauty and the Beast. The film is also being scripted by Jeffrey Hatcher, who
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The Conjuring writers Chad & Carey Hayes to rewrite new Die Hard movie

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The Conjuring scribes, Chad and Carey Hayes have been picked up by 20th Century Fox to give the new Die Hard movie a rewrite.

Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) is in place to produce and direct the next instalment in the franchise with Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also taking a producers spot.

No story details have been confirmed, but word on the street says the film looks set to be an origin story where we see a younger actor portray McClane as a regular cop in 1970s New York. Bruce Willis is also set to appear in flashback scenes alongside the heart of the story. It has bee reported that the project will have a Die Hard: Year One type of feel, in reference to Frank Miller’s comic book Batman: Year One.

Also in the news – Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of
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Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of The Good Liar

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X-Men’s Ian McKellen and Red’s Helen Mirren have been cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of psychological thriller, The Good Liar.

The project, which is directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Condon from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr Holmes), has been adapted from Nicholas Searle’s debut novel. The story focuses on the career of con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring for her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Also in the news – Denis Villeneuve reveals his plans to make Dune into two films

McKellen and Condon have also previously worked together before on pictures such as Beauty and the Beast, Gods and Monsters and Mr Holmes.
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Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren To Star In ‘The Good Liar’

Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren To Star In ‘The Good Liar’
Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren have been cast in The Good Liar, a thriller set up at New Line Cinema to be adapted from Nicholas Searle's debut novel and directed by Bill Condon. The pic reunites McKellen and Condon from their collaborations on Gods and Monsters and Mr. Holmes. Jeffrey Hatcher wrote the script for Good Liar, about career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As…
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